The Times They Are A-Changin': Establishment Democrats Fall
Bob Dylan - The Times They Are A-Changin'I never thought I'd see the day when I could safely say that the pollsters, the pundits, and the establishment democrat bloggers would turn toward the light of migrant justice. That day has come and it only affirms one of the Doctor Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.'s most hopeful themes.
Come writers and critics
Who prophesize with your pen
And keep your eyes wide
The chance won't come again
And don't speak too soon
For the wheel's still in spin
And there's no tellin' who
That it's namin'.
For the loser now
Will be later to win
For the times they are a-changin'.
The arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice
- Doctor Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.
Republicans have benefited in recent weeks from the growing intensity in the immigration debate. They have promised to block illegal immigrants from obtaining more public services and to do more to start deportation proceedings against them, particularly those who have committed crimes.
- Amy Gardner and Bill Turque
This is a Washington Post article after the Virginia results were in:
Voters across Virginia chose candidates in state and local elections yesterday not out of anger over illegal immigration but based on party affiliation, a preference for moderation and strong views on such key issues as residential growth and traffic congestion.
With a few notable exceptions, the trend benefited Democrats and not those who campaigned the loudest for tough sanctions against illegal immigrants.
- Amy Gardner
The National Immigration Forum has a strong message for pollsters in their latest press release, and it looks like they might finally be listening:
As the saying goes, the only polls that matter are on Election Day. Forgive us. We are biting our tongue. We want to scream "We told you so!!!" But we are above that. We will refrain from such childish triumphalism and seek to educate.The most significant and marked shift, though, comes from the establishment democrat blogs. On Daily Kos, Markos Moulitsas Zuniga broke years of silence on the immigration issue after a taxi driver used the word "beaner"*. Soon after, all of the other major blogs lined up right behind him. In quick succession Kos put up two pro-migrant posts. In "Demonizing Immigration Doesn't Work" he states:
- National Immigration Forum
Demonizing New Englanders, gays, blacks, and women -- and losing their long-term support -- isn't enough for those guys. The GOP is about to shoot themselves in the foot with the Latino community (and other immigrant groups) in the long term for a strategy that doesn't even work in the short term.The very next day he criticized Rahm Emanuel, an anti-migrant Democrat, in "Is Rahm racist, or merely scared?", where he states:
Democrats shouldn't follow them there. Here's another issue in which doing the right thing also happens to be good short- and long-term politics.
Americans don't want hate-based anti-immigration rhetoric and action, they want comprehensive immigration reform that secures our borders and provides a path to citizenship for the millions of undocumented immigrants in this country.Soon after, Crooks and Liars, Firedoglake, Talkleft, and Open Left, followed suit with their own pro-migrant posts.
Yet there's Rahm, with a big chunk of the Democratic caucus, making common cause with racist Tom Tancredo.
The Latino vote is volatile. It swings. And Democrats can't afford to lose 10 percent of their margin over stupidity like this.
If there was any question about Daily Kos's new pro-migrant stance, our own Duke1676 from Migra Matters, who for years has been putting out pro-migrant posts at Daily Kos, had his agenda for progressive immigration reform rescued and then promoted to the front-page, for hundreds of thousands of readers to see.
This has left all of us in the pro-migrant online community scratching our heads. After years of struggling to get the establishment democrat blogs to speak out on this issue, in a matter of days it seems as if it has all changed. We have gone from Matt Stoller at MyDD calling immigration a "pet issue", to an almost complete 180.
I have to say that the sudden shift towards the pro-migrant camp should have come with an explanation. The establishment democrat blogs should have at the very least, acknowledged their years of silence on this issue. It might seem a little petty for me to ask that, and it is bad etiquette to tell any blogger what to write. Still, it is only fair to the millions that have suffered in their silence that I ask for an explanation.
At the same time, for the millions that will continue to suffer, it is only right that I welcome these newcomers to the light of migrant justice, and put aside past differences. In the years of online establishment silence, anti-migrant advocates have developed one of the most sophisticated online machines that the establishment blogosphere has ever known. When the 2008 elections come around we're going to get hit harder than we could ever expect, and it's only together and unified that we will be able to keep an anti-migrant politician out of the presidency.
I'm going to return to my bread and butter. The root of the problems associated with migration lie in the lack of opportunity that migrants flee from. While everyone agrees on that point, I'm one of the few that can actually analyze and advocate against concrete U.S. foreign policies that are contributing, rather than taking away, from the problems associated with migration.
Welcome to the light my friends, now we can move from tackling the silence to tackling the hate.
Note: This is cross-posted on Culture Kitchen.
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