Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Mumbling On

First up, a little vocabulary primer:

EDICT (noun): A decree or proclamation issued by an authority and having the force of law.

EVERY (adjective): Constituting each and all members of a group without exception.

IMMIGRANT (noun): A person who leaves one country to settle permanently in another.

Got it? Good.

Now, from the Boston Herald:

Mayor Thomas M. Menino's rejection of Gov. Mitt Romney's offer to deploy state police in the city's bullet-scarred neighborhoods has racheted up the debate over illegal immigration.

The mayor says state cops don't know Hub streets and he doesn't want Romney using them to enforce immigration laws as the governor has indicated he wants to do.

"Gov. Romney's new edict to stop every immigrant out there is a problem," Menino said of the governor's plan to give troopers the power to detain immigration violators.

Excuse me, Mr. Mayor, but do you have any proof, whatsoever, that the Governor ever issued or intended to issue such a proclamation? I've searched everywhere, and I can't find one iota of evidence that would back up such a blatantly misleading statement.

"His stance on immigrants is troublesome to me. Boston is a city of immigrants."

The reason that's so "troublesome" to you, Tom, is that for those of you suffering from chronic rectal-cranial inversion, there's no difference between a LEGAL immigrant and an ILLEGAL immigrant.

From where I'm sitting, the "problem" we're facing here is a mayor with a penchant for blurring reality by spewing lies such as this, which serve but two purposes; (1) they allow him to score cheap political points by labeling his opponents as racist xenophobes, (2) they make it impossible for any meaningful (read: reality-based) dialogue on the issue of illegal immigration to take place on his watch.

Tell me, Mr. Mayor, shall I await your retraction and apology, or just go ahead and call you out as the disgraceful, sorry excuse of a leader you have, once again, shown yourself to be?

(link via reader Jim)