Monday, May 24, 2010

Chuck Norris on immigration

I thought this must be a joke at first, but it appears to be serious--Chuck Norris analyzes immigration and asks what the founders of the U.S. would do.  Best quote: "If we can protect our borders in the Middle East, we certainly can here as well."  If Chuck says our borders extend to the Middle East, then they do.

Update:  A commenter pointed out that he wrote "protect borders" rather than "protect our borders."  I am not still not sure what his point is, but at least he isn't arguing that the U.S. is sovereign in the Middle East.


Bill 9:14 AM  

I didn't see the word "our" when I looked just now, but it's quite ludicrous even without it.

mike a,  9:47 AM  

Call in Delta Force! Get Lee Marvin out of his grave to help too.

Greg Weeks 10:41 AM  

Bill, you're right.

Boli-Nica 4:34 PM  

From the internet you learn that Chuck Norris is endowed with awesome superpowers. Surely equal to our entire border protection bureaucracy.

Easy solution - get rid of ICE,the Wall, etc.

Sole responsibility for border security and enforcement shall be given to Chuck Norris

leftside 1:04 PM  

I love the idea of using the "founders" views as the basis for present day immigration policy. Of course, everyone of the founders was an immigrant or direct descendent of one. And there were no immigration laws until 1875.

I like this point:

"Our forefathers increased and decreased the influx of peoples because America was building a melting pot and because certain ethnicities often brought with them certain securities and degrees of productivity. Today, with America having achieved that great diversity, of course we shouldn't regulate the flows of immigration based solely upon ethnicity. Rather, we should regulate them based upon societal needs for balance, stability and growth."

In other words, we have reached our peak level of diversity and ought to be able to consider ethnicity as part of our decision making in who to let in.

Vicente Duque 10:40 AM  

Las Vegas Sun : Atlanta Georgia progressed with Racial Tolerance and Integration while Bimingham Alabama sank with Racial Hatred and was despised by Business : Martin Luther King in jail

Arizona is the New Alabama
Or Tale of two Cities :
Las Vegas Sun
Phoenix — the new Birmingham?
Why Arizona could pay steep economic price for immigration law
Robert Lang and William E. Brown, Jr.
May 16, 2010

Some excerpts :

During the civil rights era of the 1950s and 1960s, Atlanta promoted itself as “The City Too
Busy to Hate.” Atlanta mayor William Hartsfield used this phrase to promote Atlanta’s urban growth and to indicate the city would not succumb to the evils of racial prejudice and violence.

This moniker distanced Atlanta from other big cities in the South, which by implication had plenty of time to hate. This clever marketing strategy helped make Atlanta the world city it is today. The label also struck people as legitimate — Atlanta was not full of angels, rather it was too focused on economic development to deny civil rights to its citizens.

The South was poised to boom after World War II. President Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal public works improvements brought electricity, power and technology to the region. The war boosted Southern industry in the manufacture of steel, ships and aircraft.

Atlanta’s leadership understood this basic fact and devised a brilliant campaign with Northern business interests. The city attracted Northern industries and branch offices by downplaying its racial tensions.

Atlanta promoted itself in a positive light, and northerners went “all in.” Atlanta’s chief rival at the time was Birmingham, Ala., an equal urban center in many ways, also poised to boom in post-World War II America.

Unlike Atlanta, Birmingham saw its racial problems spill into the national consciousness in our newspaper headlines and on our nightly TV news. Many iconic events of racial violence happened in Birmingham, which became ground zero for Southern animosity toward blacks.

When Martin Luther King Jr. was jailed in Birmingham on a trumped-up loitering charge, the contrast with Atlanta could not have been starker. King, an Atlanta native, could preach racial tolerance openly in his hometown, but he was imprisoned for these ideas in Birmingham.

And while in jail, King penned his famous essay on race, “Letter from a Birmingham Jail.” Birmingham’s treatment of blacks in general and King in particular was a public relations disaster for its business leadership.

Atlanta quickly became the Southern city for commerce. Yes, Atlanta had its haters such as Georgia Gov. Lester Maddox, but Birmingham had “Bull” Connor, the public safety commissioner who became a symbol of bigotry across the nation for the use of fire hoses and attack dogs against protest marchers. In addition, Alabama Gov. George Wallace emerged as perhaps the most visible politician resisting “Northern-imposed” racial integration.

Today Atlanta is the leading megapolitan area of America’s Southeast, one of the world’s major corporate centers and a global transportation hub. Atlanta’s corporate resume is striking.

This metropolis is home to the world headquarters of Coca-Cola Co., AT&T Mobility and Delta Airlines. Home to the third largest concentration of Fortune 500 companies in the United States, Atlanta also hosts more than 75 percent of Fortune 1000 companies found in the region. Hartsfield-Jackson-Atlanta International Airport is the world’s busiest airport, making Atlanta truly a world city. Recognizing the significance of its motto, “The City Too Busy to Hate,” Atlanta offers itself to the word today as “The City Not Too Busy to Care.”

Vicente Duque

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