Saturday, May 28, 2011

 

The Blind Man and the Elephant

The story of The Blind Men and the Elephant describes how differing experiences affect one's perception and conclusions about reality. Perhaps, this process is at work in the progressive mindset.

A progressive blog notes that :"The Supreme Court on Thursday gave Arizona and other states more authority to take action against illegal immigrants and the companies that hire them,..." Also, the post notes that Tennessee has a similar law on the books.

I don't have to tell you that progressives don't approve of this unless you've been living under a rock.

The same day, the blog addresses the tragic death of an illegal immigrant working on a bridge. A commenter to that post states:
Is this the best way to repair our big bridges? For profit-driven American companies to exploit hard-working decent Mexicans and other Latinos, their bodies left like dry leaves on the ground?

Maybe our national anthem should be changed to "Deportees."
To which the blog owner says:
Exactly, VP.

From what I'm reading, the poor guy didn't even speak English. So how does a foreman or safety man tell him "hey, clear the deck, there's a crane coming over your head with several tons of concrete." How does he understand what they are being told at safety meetings? Etc. I doubt they have translators.

And bonus, if undocumented workers spot job site hazard, do you think they are going to report them? Not if they don't want to get deported.

P.S. I guess it also helps get the low bid if you're hiring undocumented workers willing to work for lower wages than a local or (heaven forbid) union guy. Wonder if they have W4s for all their workers?
Other comments follow along the same lines.

Somehow, they fail to make the connection that if Tennessee's law, similar to Arizona's, was enforced, the likelihood of the illegal immigrant "undocumented worker" working on the bridge would have been much lower and he'd still be alive today. The preferred policies of progressives works hand in hand with greedy, unscrupulous business owner in creating dangerous work places as well as robbing citizens and legal immigrants of jobs.

This is a atmosphere progressives have worked hard to build yet somehow remain completely blind to. And they fail to adequately support the American blue collar worker. Maybe that's why the blue collar worker has the most pessimistic outlook on the future of any demographic group. Indeed, the progressives see the blue collar workers as bitter clingers, and racist rednecks to be held under their thumb.

The progressive position on illegal immigration is harmful to American workers and to illegal immigrants, but it makes the progressives feel warm and fuzzy.

Comments:
Keep in mind that how many "conservative" groups have taken the same line. In Georgia, the biggest opponents to cracking down on the hiring of illegal immigrants by businesses were A) real estate developers, B) industrial agriculture, and C) the service/hospitality industry.

Those aren't exactly groups known for their "progressivism."

Also worthy of note, many of the laws (Arizona, Tennessee, Georgia) have come to be passed after the real estate boom collapsed, removing much political clout - and campaign contribution power - of real estate developers.

"Progressives" who don't understand how illegal immigration relates to illegal business hiring practices may make a lot of hay over this issue in public, but the money and power behind the scenes that has been keeping the status quo operating has come from far more places than the left.
 
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