Breaking News on Al Gore… AS WE CAST VOTES IN THIS FIRST WEEK OF SUMMER (in any COMMENTS section) FOR ‘DISGRACED CELEBRITY OF SPRING 2010′, GUEST EDITORIALIST “Ol’ BILL” REFLECTS ON 2 CONTROVERSIAL SPRING ‘OUTRAGES’…
OUTRAGE, SPEECH & VALUES by Ol’ Bill
Arizona State Senator Russell Pearce bluntly proposes to revoke the constitutionally guaranteed citizenship of children born to undocumented parents, and send them all back to where they came from, regardless of family longevity in America and age of the children. Pearce’s outrage over “illegals” makes him a popular potential gubernatorial candidate in Arizona.
Veteran journalist Helen Thomas also bluntly addressed migration issues of a sort, suggesting that Israeli Jews “get the hell out of Palestine” which in past columns she had described as “occupied” land where Israeli military power “oppresses a helpless (Palestinian) people”. When asked where the Jews should go, she responded caustically and not too seriously, “go home” to Europe. Unlike Pearce, her outrage prompted loud negative public reaction and a tragic quick end of her distinguished half century journalistic career.
From opposite ends of the political spectrum Senator Pearce and Helen Thomas are both provocative and outspoken. But there’s a difference. The Senator loudly rejects America’s value laden tradition of welcoming newcomers to our “land of immigrants”. He concentrates instead on a blunt, insensitively destructive approach to migrations of needy people like those preceding most of us.
On the other hand, the maverick Ms. Thomas silently takes for granted the two state land for peace traditional approach of American mid-east policy. But she enlivens the argument with seldom heard richly irascible criticisms of the dominant Israeli power.
What does this tell us about the values of fellow citizens who support one and condemn the other? What’s it say about public tolerance and our tradition of free speech?
(photos: exposehary.com, globalgrind.com, azdreamactcoalition.com, saudiaramcoworld.ae.jm.org)