Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Whitehead: Immigrants want to cut our lawns, throats

Future Republican Congressman Jim Whitehead says immigrants are terrorists; the Republican Party applauds. From Political Insider:

Writes [Tom] Crawford [of capitolimpact.com]:

“Iraq has not been a big thing in our district,” said Whitehead, a former University of Georgia offensive lineman. “Immigration is the No. 1 issue, pure and simple.” Whitehead contends that “left-wing political activists [are] intentionally registering illegal aliens to vote, including known Al Qaeda terrorists . . . . This is a pivotal issue for the future of America. We have to have the intestinal fortitude to protect all Americans.”

Don’t dismiss this as a stray stab of hyperbole. D.A. King, the illegal immigration activist who supports Whitehead, allegedly said much the same thing at an April 28 meeting of the Newton County Republican party.

“They’re not here to mow your lawn - they’re here to blow up your buildings and kill your children, and you, and me,” King was quoted as saying.

It's not quite the blood libel, but give the Republican Party time; they'll get there, they always do.

The latino population of Georgia has grown from 5.3% in 2000 to 7.1% in 2005, while the white population of Georgia has declined from 65.1% to 62.5%. I bet the shift is even more dramatic in the 10th district, and Whitehead and the Republican Party have chosen to respond to the change with fear and hatred. Both deserve to pay a political price for it.

But when? The Democratic Party, nominal opponent of the Republican Party, could pressure the Republican Party to abandon its hateful rhetoric, offer a more welcoming message, and win the hearts of decent voters. But from here, it seems like the Georgia Democratic Party can't decide whether it wants to be more hateful than the Georgia Republican Party, slightly less hateful, or silent.