A couple months back, I suggested that we Americans ought to reject, not only the “Truthers”, the crazies on the left who believe that the 9-11 bombings were the result of some government conspiracy, and the “Birthers”, the crazies on the right who won’t let go of the silly notion that President Obama was not born in this country, but also a third group, whom I deemed the “Racers”. These are people like Keith Olbermann and Al Sharpton, who use any imagined justification to shout “racism” with as much vigor as possible—thereby squelching dissent voiced toward whatever liberal, big government program with which they are so enamored.
Well, the Racers are at it again, of course, this time imagining racism to be the sinister, underlying impetus behind Arizona’s new reasonable law seeking to crack down on illegal immigration. Here, for instance, is Racer U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva, a Democrat, and civil rights activists spoke to thousands of people gathered at the state Capitol and called on President Barack Obama to fight the law, promising to march in the streets and invite arrest by refusing to comply.
“We’re going to overturn this unjust and racist law, and then we’re going to overturn the power structure that created this unjust, racist law,” Grijalva said. Blah blah blah.
Note again: the issue is not immigration, but illegal immigration. And the federal government has completely failed in its responsibility to police our borders, making it frustrating, and borderline deplorable, for Ms. Pelosi and Mr. Obama to voice outrage at a state doing what these have failed to do. Folks, it ain’t about race: it’s about the rule of law, a point which George Will so eloquently makes in these two must-read articles: