I have not written about the terrible law in Arizona because for once, not only is an incident of clear racism getting mainstream media coverage, it is being covered across the internet on various blogs. Generally speaking, I don’t comment on U.S. elections; however, 3rd District Republican candidate Pat Bertroche has forced me to break my silence.
Speaking at a forum Monday in Toledo, 3rd District Republican candidate Pat Bertroche said police should catch illegal immigrants and document their whereabouts.
The Cedar Rapids Gazette reported that he added, "I can microchip my dog so I can find it. Why can't I microchip an illegal?"
Bertroche — one of seven Republicans seeking the nomination to run against Democrat Leonard Boswell — said in a statement Tuesday that his comment was social commentary on how inane the immigration issue has become. [source]
Social commentary? Lowering an undocumented worker to the status of animal and then suggesting that they be micro- chipped is not only inhumane, it is very reminiscent of the branding that occurred when a runaway slave was caught.
Republicans like to remind everyone that they are the party of Lincoln; however, what they stand for today is racism, and a rabid fear of losing White privilege. The way that they have created immigration as an issue to attack Latinos, while ignoring that there are plenty of people in the states who are there illegally, who are White, is very telling. This is not about protecting the integrity of the U.S., this is about perpetuating White supremacy, and the fear of what the change in population dynamics will bring as minorities become the majority.
It’s ironic that Republicans often refer to Obama as fascist, because their way of governing most closely mirrors the now defunct third Reich. Those who fail to speak out against racism have determined that White supremacy is valued over and above a fellow human being, and this is truly a sad thing. Politicians represent the people and from the actions and statements of Republicans, it is clear that there is a sickness festering in the U.S.