President Bush's assertion that the National Anthem should be sung only in English exemplifies the stupid, narrow-mindedness that has come to characterize much of American political discourse surrounding not just issues of domestic policy, but foreign affairs as well.
So I suppose I shouldn't have been surprised to see this post by AcademicElephant. Ms. Elephant lends credence to a flagrantly misleading, not to mention fear-mongering, "report" generated by the good folks over at The American Thinker.
They have seen fit to blame the immigration protests on none other than Hugo Chavez, another evil enemy of the United States who cruelly undermines American interests by calling Bush a jackass, and by selling us oil far below the going rate of $74 per barrel.
According to AcademicElephant, Chavez's recent interference in Peruvian politics didn't fully satisfy his diabolical sensibilities. So now the crazy dictator has set America in his cross-hairs.
"Is this sudden wave of immigration activism hitting Los Angeles and the rest of the nation something Hugo Chavez is involved in?" asks the Thinker. "This is an issue we ought to be watching closely. If Hugo Chavez is instigating or financing any of this, then we are seeing a whole new kind of attack against the U.S."
Apparently no one has pointed out that the "immigration debate" has relieved exhausted neocons from having to defend their Iraq mistakes, Karl Rove, Tom Delay, the humongous deficit, the Katrina disaster, connections with Ken Lay, Jack Abramoff, Halliburton...I'm getting tired just typing it all out. Needless to say, humiliating immigrants by dismissing their attempts at expressing American pride pluralistically is much easier.
But I'm also disturbed by this trend of increased paranoia over figures like Chavez. Sure, he's a pugilistic bully who exploits fear to his political advantage with little regard for future consequences, dismantling his country's democratic institutions and ruining his domestic economy. But then again, so is our man. Do conservatives, like AcademicElephant, and the writers at The American Thinker, really fear Chavez's potential for wreaking havoc on the United States? If so, they are naive and unrealistic blowhards.
Or, perhaps, they are simply projecting legitimate anxieties of a dangerous leader onto Chavez, anxieties they subconsciously harbor about our own commander-in chief.