Everyone’s been tracking the whole “anchor baby” nonsense lately, for good reason. Should we shred the 14th Amendment? Should we undo years and years of precedence? Should we deport everyone who’s not white? They’re all excellent questions, and luckily the GOP is out there asking them all. Last night on Anderson Cooper’s super-gay CNN program, absolute-lunatic Rep. Louis Gohmert brought the facts in the case of “Terror Babies.” Yes, terrorists are coming to the U.S., birthing terrorists and then, 15 or 20 years from now…PROFIT? Check it out for yourself.
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Here’s the deal, everyone? This shit? This shit is retarded. You don’t have to go that far back in our history to see what a demagogue looks like, and, surprise of surprises, they look a lot like Louis Gohmert. From the fight against the “Ground Zero Mosque” — which incidentally is run by a guy who worked for the Bush State Department — to pushing the silly and unsubstantiated idea that there are Terror Babies, this has all gone too far.
If the idea of 9/11 was to make us afraid, it worked. If the idea was to make us unsafe in our own world, it worked. If it was to make us turn on each other for no good reason, it’s happening right now. We’re better than that. At least we should be better than that.
But as long as people like Louis Gohmert are allowed to run wild, spread totally-unfounded xenophobic stories of Islamists-coming-to-kill-us, we’ve lost. George W. Bush said over and over that this whole battle is about freedom. It was a stupid slogan, but as you watch an effort to strip protections from the Constitution and divide this country along religious and social lines, does this still look like a place where freedom rings?