Sad and Sadder
As if Steve Westly's antics and my undelivered Dixie Chicks CD weren't bothersome enough, C&L directs me to a Time article discussing the rise of hate groups due to the immigration "debate":
And now groups of militiamen, white supremacists and neo-Nazis are using resentment over the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in the U.S. as a potent rallying cry. "The immigration furor has been critical to the growth we've seen" in hate groups, says Mark Potok, head of the Intelligence Project at the Southern Poverty Law Center...Republicans had to be foolish not to expect this to happen, yet they went ahead and pushed immigration on us anyway. They chose to make this an issue and this is where it has led. This is not leadership! This is not compassion! This is not they kind of America I want my children to grow up in!
...In addition to white supremacists, the immigration debate seems to have reinvigorated members of the antigovernment militias of the 1990s. Those groups largely disbanded after the Oklahoma City bombing orchestrated by militia groupie Timothy McVeigh and, later, the failure of a Y2K bug to trigger the mass chaos some militia members expected...
..."Illegal immigration and the destruction of the rule of law is social napalm, and people are running around with matches," he warns. "One day it will go off."