abandoned that idea in favor of supporting Arizona's tough new immigration law. Appearing recently on Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor, Senator McCain claimed that illegal immigrants are intentionally causing car accidents.
The subject came up when he defended the tough new Arizona immigration bill against the possibility of racial profiling.
McCain told Bill O’Reilly that while he’d be “very sorry” if a Hispanic person suffered the indignity of racial profiling, the law would punish illegal wrongdoers.
“It's the people whose homes and property are being violated,” he said. “It's the drive-by that -- the drivers of cars with illegals in it that are intentionally causing accidents on the freeway."Reading this, I couldn't help wondering if McCain really believes what he is saying, or if that's just what his people are telling him will get him re-elected?
Mine has not. Nor has the life of anyone I know. At least no one's told me it has.
Now an entirely different question. . .
Has your life or the life of someone you know been disrupted by the troubled economy -- that enormous, amorphous entity that all the best and the brightest cannot seem to restore to health?
Mine has. And, when I think about it, so have the lives of almost everyone I know.
Historically in economically and socially troubled times, a sizable chunk of Americans have, to our later shame, turned on our immigrants.
Another question.: Might we possibly be doing that again?