Some people want to build a massive wall along our border with Mexico. Others — the Minutemen — want to play dress-up and guard it with guns. In Arizona, immigration turned into a game of lunatic one-upsmanship. One person thinks anyone who “looks illegal” should have to show documents on the spot; then another thinks teachers with foreign accents shouldn’t be allowed to teach.
Now some of the crazy has seeped into New Mexico (BUILD A WALL), where a Republican Congressional candidate has advocated placing landmines along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Tom Mullins, the Republican nominee for a New Mexico congressional seat, suggested during a radio interview that the United States could place land mines along the Mexican border to secure the international boundary. […]
In the May 18 interview with KNMX radio in Las Vegas, N.M., Mullins says the U.S. could mine the border, install barbed wire and post signs directing would-be border jumpers to cross legally at designated checkpoints.
Mullins has since backed off the suggestion, and says that he only made the suggestion because he was campaigning for the Republican nomination. Ah yes, the old, “I had to say insane things because that’s how you pander to the Republican base” argument. Ain’t that a winner!
These are the same people who think incredibly (and disappointingly) middle-of-the-road Barack Obama is a socialist and that his policies (continuing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, continuing Bush’s detention policies and bailouts, etc.) are undoing the fabric of America. Remember, though, they’re only doing it to win the votes of troglodytes! So that’s comforting.