Thursday, August 20, 2015

"They are passionate."

The Leader brothers didn't need a whole lot of provocation to, first, urinate on, and then grossly assault a Latino homeless person--they were already violent jerks each with a criminal record. But it does stand out that they name-checked presidential candidate Donald Trump in their answer for why they beat this poor guy so badly:

Police said Scott Leader, 38, told them it was OK to assault the man because he was Hispanic and homeless.

“Donald Trump was right, all these illegals need to be deported,” he allegedly told the police.
(You know, I'm pretty sure they didn't ask for the man's "papers" before they started whomping on him--and I'm also pretty sure you can't really call a homeless guy sleeping on the street guilty of stealing opportunities from natural-born US citizens, anyway. Not that that seems to be the actual point of their brutality.)

It's Trump's reaction to the crime that's fascinating:

Here's what Donald Trump said when told about the alleged assault (according to the Boston Globe) at a press conference in New Hampshire: "I haven't heard about that. It would be a shame, but I haven't heard about that." Then the crowd buzzed, and Trump added: "I will say that people who are following me are very passionate. They love this country and they want this country to be great again. They are passionate. I will say that, and everybody here has reported it."
"Passionate." "They love this country and want it to be great again." People who piss on a homeless guy and then pound him into the cement are not doing that because they love their country and want it to be great. They do it because they are sick thugs. I give Trump credit for staying on message, but he has to understand he has an awful lot of "sick thug" appeal.

It's kind of ironic that the surname of these brutes is "Leader"--guys that would assault a random Muslim after 9/11 or a random Hispanic person after hearing a lot of anti-immigrant rhetoric are not "leaders", are they? They aren't thinkers or people who undertake careful plans--but boy, you could call them "passionate". They're pretty damn riled up.

Which leads me to a tangential pivot--I've noticed, as who could help but notice, that with a handful of speeches and some consistent, favorable poll numbers, Trump has moved ending birthright citizenship from a somewhat fringe position to one endorsed by several other GOP candidates, including those who, like Jeb Bush, had previously been hoping to garner some appeal with Hispanic voters. Now Jeb Bush is throwing around the term "anchor babies" like it was his new favorite thing.

Not for nothing, but do these yabbos think they can hope to top Trump with rampant "me-tooism"? The reason he's leading in the polls is because he appears to be leading them, and they are following his lead. If they want him gone, they might want to look at not doing that. A man of his ego and vanity riding high can only go down in a brutal and coordinated humiliation--with the many other candidates coming together like cavemen bringing down a wild boar. Otherwise, they've strapped themselves in for the wild boar ride and can only grit their teeth as he drags them through the mud puddle.

2 comments:

Formely Amherst said...

Hi Vixen, I'm always astounded at the problems that politicians create.

You know, I shook my head in bemusement not long ago when I read about some German skinheads when they beat up some minority member. It turned out that a massive number of Germans had been screaming for reform because of being overrun by minorities. (Probably Middle Easterners.) And of course these minorities have been creating trouble through crimes and no allegiance to German values, etc., etc.

I wondered why on earth hadn't the politicians in Germany simply restricted the influx of illegal immigrants. Because leaving the situation as it was put the illegal immigrants and German people at each others' throats. It's absurd. Why not just do what the majority of Germans fervently desired, as it was in the interest of Germany?

Our situation is similar. I was working on the border issue way back when George Bush was in office. At one point, 84% of the American people fervently wanted the problem of illegal aliens resolved. Too many fingers were profiting from the pie. Chamber of commerce types wanted cheap labor, and progressive types wanted the possibility of capturing votes. 84% of the American people wanted a resolution. So what happened? Nothing. A big fat zero. And that is government

Maybe you saw this account of of illegal aliens torturing other illegal aliens in a state that has had over 600,000 crimes committed by illegals:
http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2015/08/21/criminal-aliens-kidnapped-and-tortured-illegal-immigrants-for-ransom/

Massive crime, social discord, unjustified burdens on taxpayers, could all have been resolved long ago by our politicians simply doing the right thing. An adequate immigration system and restriction of illegal aliens. But politicians are who they are and government is what it is. And ultimately they are the ones responsible. At best politicians on their best day make a C minus. It's no wonder distrust for government is enormous.

Vixen Strangely said...

Some less-drastic fixes that make a lot of sense that could have been implemented a long time ago should really get more play--like keeping better records on people who receive work & student visas who end up just not going back. I've heard numbers of people who overstay their visas accounts for something like 40% of undocumented workers, and because they're likely to be more educated, they have an easier time evading getting deported. Seems like there should be a better way to keep track of them.