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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Another Act of Political Theater


Yesterday, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger announced he would send more than 200 national guard troops to the California-Mexico border.

Even assuming things are as bad as the governor would have us believe (which they are not), are 200 troops going to make a difference? At a time when the border is actually more secure than ever and the number of undocumented immigrants has declined, it's hard not to see this anti-immigrant (and anti-Latino) political theater as anything except pandering to public fears.

Seems the governor, an experienced actor, does not want to be upstaged by other politicians playing to the fast-growing nativist audience.

Raul Ramos y Sanchez


Vincent said...

Those uniforms look extremely theatrical. Are they real?

Raul Ramos y Sanchez said...

Theatrical? It is the California National Guard, after all.

Wally said...


Yeah, that's what those clowns get for SERVING THEIR COUNTRY.

Stay classy.