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“I’m an immigrant myself. It was a tough road to come to America and work. The American Dream is seductive — but there is a legal way to do it — and there would be more jobs here for people if it was honored. I would have been scared to death to come here and work illegally.”
(Canadian-born siren/actress Pamela Anderson, in an essay for Playboy magazine.)
Some Latinos are not particularly happy with the White House for framing Republicans as enemies of Latin Americans, just as the 2012 presidential campaign season dawns.
“President Obama — and now first lady Michele Obama — keep going on Spanish-language TV and radio to tell us that the administration is committed to doing something on immigration, but so far they haven’t done anything serious to move the issue forward. We are not going to fall for that condescending rhetoric from the White House,” says Alfonso Aguilar, executive director of the Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles.
“As usual, the first lady blamed Republicans for not wanting to work on immigration and for not voting for the ‘Dream Act’ during the lame-duck session, even though her husband hasn’t lifted a finger to seriously engage the Republican leadership on this issue,” Mr. Aguilar continues, citing Mrs. Obama’s recent appearance on Univision.
“Don’t they realize Latinos can see through their political gimmickry? It’s clearly in their best political interests to just talk about immigration, instead of actually doing something. They want to use the immigration issue politically so they can continue to blame Republicans as the ‘enemies’ of Latinos, hoping this will allow them to garner the majority of the Latino vote in the next election,” he adds.
Minding student liberty is worth a little something.University of Delaware education professor Jan Blits received the $10,000 Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation’s Jeane Kirkpatrick Prize for Academic Freedom, awarded at CPAC. Mr. Blits was deemed “an intellectual warrior” for duking it out with liberal rivals for two decades, most recently on his own campus, where he took on a mandatory re-education program for 7,000 students that used “intimidation and humiliation, coercion and indoctrination, to inculcate a hard-left, anti-American stance.”
Among other things, students were required to confess privately their “sexual identity” and feelings of “oppression” to residence staffers; those who protested were labeled “troublemakers,” Mr. Blits says. Staffers kept files on students and monitored mandatory group meetings that required participants to take public stands on hot-button issues.
“Where the one-on-one sessions intruded upon the private, even intimate, lives of the students, the group sessions publicly pressured them to adopt specific views,” the professor notes. “The former violated the students moral autonomy, the latter compelled them to profess views not their own. Publicly, the administrators claimed that the program was teaching only ‘democracy,’ ‘civility’ and ‘citizenship’ — the usual reassuring buzz-words.”
Just so you know. Political satirist Daniel Kurtzman has created the online “Glenn Beck Conspiracy Theory Generator” that confabulates “fair and balanced paranoia delivered on demand,” he says.
“I created it because I’m a true admirer of Glenn Beck’s ability to spin wacky conspiracies by connecting random bits of information, and I wanted to see if it was possible to beat him at his own game by creating a Mad Libs-style Internet script,” Mr. Kurtzman tells the Beltway.
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