I’ve never been a fan of protesters. Protesters tend to stand in crowded cities, carry signs, and lay in front of cars. They make their message known, but they don’t tend to do anything. They remind me of my friend’s fat dad who sits in the house all day drinking beer and yelling at athletes on the TV for being no good losers. His voice is heard, but in the end, he’s not changing anything and by default is the loser.
But the Minutemen are redefining how I view protesters. These guys have done all of the usual protester stuff, but have added one key element: they’re showing everyone that there is a solution. They are doing something. Regardless of whether you support the cause or not, you’ve got to give credit to their method. It is working.
I don’t think they’re vigilanties as they’re not enforcing the law. They’ve made it very clear that they’re merely spotters who look for illegal activity and then notify the proper officials. It’s not any different from witnessing a crime and calling the police. In fact, that’s all they’re doing.
I think the Bush administration ought to be mindful of looking like hypocrits. After all, taking international law into it’s own hands in order to keep potential terrorists out of America has been the defining feature of this administration. Who are they to point the finger at a group that merely assists the law in doing exactly that? You would think that they’d be the first to applaud them. Clearly, the political machine is interfering with simple reason.
I wish more protests were done in this fashion. If you disagree with the government, that’s fine. But don’t leave it at that and expect anyone to care. Show everyone a solution. When you do that, it’s much harder for people to ignore you.
Let’s be honest. The only individuals crossing the border from Mexico are illegal immigrants. They aren’t "undocumented workers" or whatever inoffensive term modern day apologists want to call them. The only threat they pose is not paying taxes like the rest of us. I’m all for a guest worker program, but these people will and are creating a huge vacuum for OUR tax dollars; not to mention ATM machines that will continue to offer transactions in both English and Espanola. Partly to blame here is the Mexican government; they’d rather send their citizens here for labor, who in turn, send their greenbacks right back over the border. The United States is OUR country. Why can’t the Minutemen defend it? Why can’t Mexicans stay in Mexico? Why is our government allowing them to cross our borders daily in the thousands? Of course the Minutemen are doing the right thing. I just wish there were more of them.
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