Friday, 21 May 2010

Sarah Palin's friends promote racial inequality - in Arizona and elsewhere - UPDATE!

Sarah Palin talking about border security in Arizona:

The ex-Alaskan governor wants to see other states along the Mexican border adopt similar laws.
"Every other state on the border should emulate what Arizona has done," Palin said during an interview on Fox News Business.

"Jan Brewer, the governor of Arizona, has taken it upon herself and the state government to do what the feds should have been doing all along," she said. "Yes, other states should do what Arizona is doing."

Several states, including Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, Maryland and Colorado, are already considering tougher illegal immigration laws in the wake of Arizona's efforts. However, fellow Mexico border states New Mexico, California and Texas have been less willing to adopt similar policies.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio, of Maricopa county, has already started enforcing Brewer's new law over a month ago:

PHOENIX – A Valley man says he was pulled over Wednesday morning and questioned when he arrived at a weigh station for his commercial vehicle along Val Vista and the 202 freeway.

Abdon, who did not want to use his last name, says he provided several key pieces of information but what he provided apparently was not what was needed.

He tells 3TV, “I don't think it's correct, if I have to take my birth certificate with me all the time.”

3TV caught up with Abdon after he was released from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in central Phoenix. He and his wife, Jackie, are still upset about what happened to him.

Jackie tells 3TV, “It's still something awful to be targeted. I can't even imagine what he felt, people watching like he was some type of criminal.”

Abdon was told he did not have enough paperwork on him when he pulled into a weigh station to have his commercial truck checked. He provided his commercial driver’s license and a social security number but ended up handcuffed.

(H/T to Say NO to Palin in Politics)
Sarah Palin is throwing her support behind a few people seriously lacking in the race relations department.

From the Huffington Post:

Former Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin spoke Wednesday night about the positives of the establishment-shaking victory of Rand Paul, the Tea Party and Palin-supported GOP candidate for Kentucky Senate.

Appearing on the Fox Business Channel, Palin acknowledged Paul's libertarian leanings and said they were a net positive.

"Seeing kind of that libertarian streak of his -- that is what we need to balance out the leftist liberal overreach of government that's in power right now," Palin said. "Rand's gonna be great, plus on social issues, right there, he's got some great positions."

Rand Paul, like his father, has doubts about the Civil Rights Act. As far as they're concerned, property laws trump racial equality laws and business owners should be free to refuse service to anyone they dislike on grounds of race.

Ron Paul:
"The Civil Rights Act of 1964 gave the federal government unprecedented power over the hiring, employee relations, and customer service practices of every business in the country. The result was a massive violation of the rights of private property and contract, which are the bedrocks of free society. The federal government has no legitimate authority to infringe on the rights of private property owners to use their property as they please and to form (or not form) contracts with terms mutually agreeable to all parties. The rights of all private property owners, even those whose actions decent people find abhorrent, must be respected if we are to maintain a free society."
Rand Paul talking to Rachel Maddow:

Paul says he’s opposed to discrimination, but also opposes laws that impose restrictions on free enterprise. The Civil Rights Act went too far, Paul argued, when it mandated requirements on private entities. That’s what he told Courier-Journal, NPR, and MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, and it’s consistent with what he wrote in 2002 when he articulated his opposition to the Fair Housing Act for the same reasons.
Rand Paul tried to spin things otherwise in the wake of his disastrous interview with Rachel Maddow, who didn't let go:

Sarah Palin seems to want to turn the clock back and have a "Real America" that pre-dates a number of achievements that took many years of bloody struggle to attain. These achievements are not limited to racial equality rights. They extend to the disabled, women and gay rights as well.

The people Sarah Palin endorses and supports reflect her views, her very ugly, frightening views.


UPDATE (by Patrick):

It is an interesting coincidence that the Republican primary in Idaho, in which Sarah Palin now endorsed Vaughn Ward, also includes a "racial controversy", and immigration law reform is at the center of the battle:
Vaughn Ward was not highly impressed with state Rep. Raul Labrador’s, R-Eagle, speech Tuesday at the Capitol in Boise. In the speech, Labrador, who is vying with Ward for the Republican nomination to face Democratic incumbent Walt Minnick in Idaho’s 1st Congressional District, said that Ward may be using his ethnic heritage against him in the campaign. Ward’s staffers think the claim is out-of-line.

In a prepared statement to the press, Labrador accused Ward’s campaign of misrepresenting his stance on immigration. “Mr. Ward’s campaign is using innuendo to suggest that I can’t be trusted to properly address the issue of illegal immigration. He is hoping, it seems, to appeal to the darkest recesses of the human soul by taking cheap advantage of my work in immigration law and maybe even my ethnic heritage.” Labrador, who was born in Puerto Rico, which is a commonwealth of the United States, works as an immigration lawyer. Labrador has argued in the past that his experience and work as an attorney in that field makes him uniquely qualified to work on immigration issues.

When questioned about the evidence he might have that the Ward campaign is bringing race into the campaign, Labrador said that he has received numerous e-mails from Ward supporters saying that he (Labrador) will not do anything about immigration because of his Puerto Rican heritage. He did not have copies of the e-mails available, but said that if he could find them he would release them to the public.
Raul Labrador, on the other hand, was also not impressed when Vaughn Ward called Puerto Rico in a recent debate a "country". When Labrador corrected Ward and said that Puerto Rico is not a "country", but a territory of the United States, Ward said: "I really don't care what it is":

Here is a newsclip in which this remark by Ward is discussed, and they cover Palin's endorsement as well.

In addition, Vaughn Ward recently chose his words poorly when he talked about illegal immigration:
Republican U.S. Congressional candidate Vaughn Ward today said the country is losing a battle with “immigration lawyers” over an influx of illegal immigrants.

Ward's main challenger in the May 25 primary is Eagle immigration attorney and state lawmaker Raul Labrador.

“There are those who fight to keep them (illegal immigrants) here,” Ward said. “I want to fight to keep them out and that's where the stark contrast is.”

Ward said he was talking about immigration lawyers in general and not Labrador. His comments came at a press conference at the Canyon County Courthouse in which he praised the new Arizona immigration law.

“Our country is under siege by illegal aliens,” Ward said. He said lawmakers at the federal level must act to protect our borders and enforce illegal immigration laws.

“To me it's not a discussion of Hispanics or Latinos,” Ward said. “It's not centered around your ethnic background, it's centered around what's good for the nation.”

Labrador spokesman Dennis Mansfield said Ward does not understand Labrador's work.

“If he's referring to Raul Labrador he's missing the point of all the hard work Raul has done to help legal immigrants," Mansfield said. “If he's not referring to Raul Labrador it was kind of an odd statement to make.”

However, we should probably just trust Sarah Palin when she endorses other candidates, because she clearly knows what she is doing. Here is the proof:

(h/t honestyingov & cheeriogirl!)

Our brilliant reader ltl1 made a transcript:
"And um of course, Carly Fiorina, um, it was uh, y'know. The credibility there that SBA allows, a candidate, to have, knowing that uh, oh, ok, I'm safe, there, endorsing Carly Fiorina you all have endorsed her, you all get it. You understand, that there in deep-blue-California ENYone who's there runnin for officewho'sboldenough to declare their pro-life stance or pro NRA, their pro-uh business and development and anti-tax and anti, big government uh, um. Principles that they stand on. Here. She. PrOUdly proclaiming that and yet. Some. Wanting. To accuse-her-of-kindofbeing-a-rhino-I-say-nUHnuhnuhnuhno there in the deep-blue-California. If she's, unabashedly pro-life and all those other, commonsenseconservative things that she stands for, she's the rill dill, and I appreciate you too being bold enough and, strong enough. To take a stand in that race and to take the stand in so many of these races, across, the country."
By the way: If you haven't seen Carly Fiorina's infamous "Demon Sheep Ad" yet, you should give it a try. ;-)

The Democrats in return made an excellent parody of Carly's mindboggling advert!

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