MINUTEMEN, THE MEDIA AND THE BORDER: A SENSE OF HUMOR IS A SENSE OF PROPORTION | 2005-04-16
Let us say that you are in Britain in 1916. Across the English Channel, men are being killed in numbers never even imagined in history before. On the front in France a whole generation is dying in poison gas, on barbed wire, by charging into machine guns, by being bitten by huge rats in the trenches.
This has been going on for two years.
Then someone goes from Britain across the Channel for a soccer game, and the press suddenly announces, "There is trouble in France." All the media go down to see, besides this routine World War I, what might happen in this soccer game to cause REAL trouble in Europe.
Wouldn't that be sad? Wouldn't that be insane?
Wouldn't that be so nuts it would be hard to comment on?
What do you do when everybody loses all sense of proportion?
Our prisons in the two largest states, Texas and California, are burgeoning with murderers and rapists who have crossed the border illegally. Mexico routinely protects Mexican rapists and murderers who go back to their homeland after child molesting, murder and more against American citizens.
But the Minutemen went down to the border and the media were suddenly galvanized. Suddenly, without the slightest awareness of how ridiculous they were being, they all announced that there might be real trouble on the Mexican border.
After decades of massive slaughter by those crossing the border, we are suddenly faced with "real" trouble.
And what is this "real" trouble? Some Americans, the Minutemen, are going down to the border and reporting illegals to the border patrol.
Like a soccer team crossing the Channel in 1916, these Minutemen are about to cause "real" trouble on the Rio Grande.
And nobody cracks a smile.