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How did she wind up in Colorado, anyway? She must have taken a wrong turn on her way to Arizona.
The more you push it, Gustavo, the madder the 70 percent get. Keep it up — you guys are doing a great job of infuriating most American people. This issue is not going away in your favor anytime soon.
J. Craco Sr.
I moved to Arizona in 1947, lived there in 1987 when the nut jobs voted to not recognize the Martin Luther King holiday, and I still visit there. My sister-in-law lives in Maricopa County, and God told her not to use the garbage disposal because there might be life in the eggshells. Remember the sweat lodge disaster a few months ago? More cult crazies. Sun City retirement community won't vote for school bonds that educate poor Hispanics because they are selfish and cult-driven.
All this craziness will end when enough loss of tourist dollars forces higher taxes. Not until then.
Gustavo Arellano's devious sense of humor blows me away. His satirical manipulation of cultural stereotypes to expose hypocrisy is razor-sharp, but with his coverage of Arizona's SB1070, he's crossed the border into pure genius. Seething after reading his rant, I called my ex-girlfriend in Flagstaff to deliver a witty bitch slap to Arizona. Her flippant response was to yell, "Hey, Dumbo, read SB1070 — Arellano's ripping media stereotypes about Arizona, not real Arizona citizens. Hellooo!" and hung up. Desperate to break her unbroken string of last words, I googled SB1070 and my jaw dropped. The word "immigration" doesn't appear in SB 1070, as enacted, nor does the bill authorize law enforcement to stop anyone to determine his immigration status, and it explicitly prohibits racial profiling.
The icing on the cake were Arellano's instructions to boycott U-Haul and US Airways, major subsidizers of public-safety nets for Arizona's most vulnerable populations of all nationalities, and buycott other Arizona entities, of marginal net economic value, that coincidentally provide financial or ideological support to the anti-SB1070 advocate. Using a stereotypical liberal argument against SB1070 to disprove the oft-repeated stereotype that Arizonans are racist was brutally clever, but the parting dig that rabid anti-SB1070 proponents, while claiming the high moral ground, are in reality misrepresenting the facts and polarizing the immigration issue for their own financial gain was the knock-out punch.
As intended, Ask a Mexican's scathing humor got me thinking. Isn't it obvious that our representative republic would benefit from an open debate of the role of cultural assimilation in immigration policy? Why isn't it appropriate that we strive to conduct our national affairs in an environment where all citizens are able to read and understand the same text and have a working knowledge of our cultural history? Why are our national debates hobbled by political correctness and Balkanist rhetoric that render certain ideas taboo and label anyone advancing them a per se racist?
Wasn't Gustavo Arellano's outrageously contrarian polemic a warning that until free speech is resurrected to allow nationalistic views on immigration policy — including socio-economic quotes and concrete assimilation goals — equal airtime that all our children are apt to inherit is a bunch of hot air? And that's no joke.
Name withheld on request
Gustavo, there is no "natural" habitat for horses and burros in Arizona, as both species were brought here by those nasty Spanish conquistadores.