WASHINGTON (AP) — Even as they grapple with an immigration crisis at the border, White House officials are making plans to act before November’s mid-term elections to grant work permits to potentially millions of immigrants who are in this country illegally, allowing them to stay in the United States without threat of deportation, according to advocates and lawmakers in touch with the administration.
This is really interesting. Republican freak outs over Obama’s supposed “lawlessness” has led Speaker Boehner to file a frivolous lawsuit to pretend to do something about the president’s imaginary overreach and — he hopes — mollify a ‘bagger cult out for blood. Boehner hopes to stave off GOP suicide by waging a guaranteed losing battle that he hopes will last until November. He basically wants to run out the clock on his own caucus.
And the end result is that President Obama has carte blanche to do pretty whatever the hell he wants, within the law. If the move spurs impeachment talk, all the better for Democrats. If it doesn’t… hey, who are we kidding? It’s going to.
And the base… Dear Lord, they are going to lose their shit. Think the shrill and strident gun-waving racism is bad now? Just wait until Obama uses an executive order to grant temporary “amnesty” to undocumented people. They’ll be foaming at the mouth, the remaining GOP primaries will turn even more into “who’s craziest” contests, poorly thought out threats will be made, and there will be a lot of video on a lot of news networks of conservatives saying some very damaging things.
You’ve got to love it when doing the right thing morally is a masterstroke politically.
(Seattle Times) The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle has scheduled a news conference for Tuesday morning calling for the resignation of a gun lobbyist who reportedly made remarks linking gun control to the Holocaust.
The remarks surfaced Monday on the liberal blog Horsesass.org.
An audio clip (seati.ms/1nPMWez) plays over a still photo of a gathering and purportedly features National Rifle Association lobbyist Brian Judy talking about Jews who support gun control.
The remarks were reportedly made last week at a gathering in Silverdale opposing I-594, a measure on the ballot this fall that would expand background checks for gun purchases.
In the recording, a speaker references Nick Hanauer, a Seattle entrepreneur who has contributed more than $300,000 to an independent-expenditure group supporting I-594.
Hanauer, who is Jewish, wrote recently in Politico about how his family fled Nazi Germany. The speaker on the recording references Hanauer’s piece:
“Now [Hanauer is] funding, he’s put half a million dollars, toward this policy, the same policy that led to his family getting run out of Germany by the Nazis. You know, it’s staggering to me, it’s just, you can’t make this stuff up. That these people, it’s like any Jewish people I meet who are anti-gun, I think, ‘are you serious? Do you not remember what happened?’ And why did that happen? Because they registered guns and then they took them.”
“Why did you have to flee to this country in the first place?” the speaker continues. “Hello! Is anybody home here?”
Let’s bust one gun nut myth right at the beginning and get it over with: the idea that an armed ethnic minority would be able to do what the armies of France, Poland, and Norway could not is the stupidest damned pile of anti-history you could ask anyone to fall for. If this is something you really believe, then you are beyond the reach of reason and are a full time resident of some wingnut fantasy land.
But more importantly, this should happen all the time. The right can’t STFU about who’s a Nazi and what is like the Holocaust. The Holocaust was one of the worst genocides in human history and it trivializes the massiveness of the crime when you say that allowing gay marriage is like Nazi Germany or that abortion is like the Holocaust. It’s incredibly offensive and people need to start expressing that offence. I’m sorry, but having to have a background check before you buy a firearm is not even remotely comparable to having your family gassed to death by a rogue government run by right wing anti-communists gone mad.
I know you rightwingers love to play the victim card, but the fact that you need to go through a background check at a gun show doesn’t put you on the same level as Anne Frank.