Karl Rove’s vision of America
Karl Rove made a highly objectionable statement revealing where the Bushites are really coming from on the immigration issue. To them America should be a land of Third-World peasants (the immigrants) and Third-World grandees (us). Mark Krikorian, normally a mild mannered fellow, uses some strong language about it.
Stephen T. writes:
“I don’t want my 17-year-old son to have to pick tomatoes or make beds in Las Vegas.”Mark A. writes:
Great comment by Stephen T. Rove’s statement, “I don’t want my 17-year-old son to have to pick tomatoes or make beds in Las Vegas,” is horribly condescending to large portions of American society. Is this all that defines us now? How much money we make? Does this character of our country and its citizens matter any more? And this is from so-called “conservatives.”Ingemar P. writes:
So America is replacing its traditional work ethic with one that imports various peoples while the native elites sit back, sound important and make stupid laws.Stephen T. continues:
One more comment about Rove’s statement. It may be hard for me to put—I’m not a psychologist—but I believe very strongly that it is this total estrangement from (and, thus, horror of) the common labor of the common man which ultimately leads rich Republicans like Bush and Rove to swoon over the imagined superiority of Mestizo Mexicans, whom they see doing so much of that work. If either Bush or Rove had ever actually done the kind of labor that I and millions of other Americans have, they would have less horror of it—and also would not rhapsodize over it, either. They would know that such jobs do not endow the workers with the sort of heroic status that Bush attaches to Mexicans, but are mainly just tiring and tedious, requiring a strong back and a mind either easily occupied or capable of reverie and contemplation of deeper matters. Of course, since Bush, Rove, et al have never done that kind of labor themselves, they would have no way of knowing this. Thus, the overblown (and guilt-relieving) romanticizations that Bush spouts about the labor of Mexicans—and the fate-worse-than-death horror that Rove has about any of his kids ever doing those jobs. There’s nothing inherently morally superior—nor wrenchingly abominable—about digging ditches or picking crops all day. Illegal aliens from Mexico are not in some way ennobled, superior beings because they are doing it, nor would it kill young Master Rove if he ever had to.LA replies:
Excellent observations. I think Stephen has uncovered a previously unseen dimension of the strange compulsions that drive the open-borderites to betray and destroy America.Joseph C. writes:
Karl Rove’s comment reminded me of something I wrote to you last May, concerning what I believe is the real division in the Republican party.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at February 10, 2007 08:56 AM | Send