By now, most are aware that the Republican Party deliberately gay-baited in the key swing states during the 2004 election. States like Ohio, where gay marriage was already illegal under state statute, adopted an absurd and repressive constitutional amendment outlawing all forms of domestic partnership. The issue passed overwhelmingly, particularly in Ohio’s rural counties — those that were hard hit by the economic downturn — where there’s no openly gay people or gay institutions.
This is the nature of vicious Republican wedge issues. It is basic divide and conquer, where people are so busy focusing on an emotional non-issue, you can impose massive economic hardship on them.
Following the 2004 election, commentators began to predict that “immigration” would be the divide and conquer issue during the 2006 congressional midterm elections. So, right on cue and as predicted, the country is busily debating immigration while Bush plots to attack Iran and make his cronies richer by looting the U.S. Treasury. While people worry about immigrants, they forget the fact that their President is a war criminal who got us into Iraq by openly lying and who committed a felony by ordering the leak of the name of covert CIA agent Valerie Plame.The reality is, we are all for legal immigration, except for Bush’s wealthy corporate friends who believe in a “free” labor market and have always favored illegal immigration. The key people responsible for illegal immigration are the corporate employers like Walmart, who hire them and mainstream Democratic politicians like Bill Clinton who opened our borders with the North American Free Trade Agreement without creating a healthy work environment for all Americans.
If we wish to stop illegal immigrants from coming to U.S., we need a continental minimum wage that pays people in Mexico a living wage. We need to require that American corporations that fled into the free trade zones of Mexico abide by U.S. environmental laws and occupational safety and health laws.
Don’t fall for Republican propaganda and the deliberate wedge issue introduced into this election. They’ll have another one in two years, when you’ll be worked into a tizzy over homonecrozophiliacs who need to be castrated, according to Bush and Company.