For the Arizona Republic, the end-of-the-year is no different from the beginning or middle when it comes to promotion of their favorite topic. Today, the daily unfailingly gives us our dose of open border tonic in the form of an inane editorial which sounds like an assignment from the Cronkite School farm team — conveniently mixing both legal and illegal Mexicans in the stew. The vast difference between the two groups is intentionally given short shrift.
With regard to the border jumping illegals, readers are urged to “embrace and celebrate” them and question ourselves as to our reactions when we hear the “beautiful language” of Spanish spoken in the mall. The editorial poses this foolish question: “Are we welcoming these visitors? Or will Arizona’s attitude toward Mexico make it more attractive for Mexico’s growing middle class to skip Arizona and fly into Las Vegas to shop?”
If this was April 1st, we could rightfully conclude they were funnin’ us.
Then we are further counseled that “a continuous drumbeat of blame directed at those who cross the border illegally can have a pernicious effect…”
And finally: “These questions matter because the border represents a potential source of economic development on many levels. Our attitude matters because Arizona owes much of its culture and heritage to Mexico, Mexicans and Mexican-Americans.”
Along with, we might add: Armenians, Basques, Chinese, Danes, English, French, Germans, Hungarians, Italians, Japanese, Kuwaitis, Lithuanians, Malaysians, Norwegians, Poles, Russians, Spanish, Thais, Uruguayans, Vietnamese, Welsh, Zimbabweans…….
A counter to this tedious blather can be read here.