My name is Patrick M McCormick and I have created this blog as a platform for my political views as well as those of select contributors.

I believe that American Politicians have lost sight of their goal: To uphold the Constitution and protect the rights of the people of the United States. They argue and bicker on the floor of their respective houses, positioning themselves for the next election, while they accomplish very little business for the citizens of this country.

Meanwhile our economy is sliding downward. Millions of our precious jobs have have been exported overseas. Our social safety net and other public services are being cut. Our middle class is rapidly disappearing and the numbers of citizens existing below the poverty line is increasing dramatically.

I plan to examine the causes of these terrible changes to our American way of life. Your comments will help us all arrive at some important conclusions.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Florida T-Party Candidate Wants to put Illegals in "Camps"

Aug 12 The Faster Times John Knefel

Hmmmmmmm, does this quote strike anyone else as a bit, um, obviously insane?

“We can follow what happened back in the 40s or 50s—I was just a little girl in Miami—and they built camps for the people that snuck into the country. Because they were illegal. They put them in the camps and they shipped them back.”

That’s Florida State House candidate Marg Baker, arguing for the creation of “camps” in which we can store them illegals — one might say concentrate them — to make it easier to deport them. I would say we shouldn’t do that, but what do I know. I’m just some guy, some guy who doesn’t want to round up people and put them in camps, so my position on these camps comes from a no-camp bias. That’s just me.

As Matt Yglesias notes, it’s also not clear what she’s talking about. There were refugee camps in Europe in the 40s, which is different from Miami, but it seems unlikely to me that Marg is talking about refugee camps. More likely, Marg has created an alternate history in which Ronald Reagan single-handedly rounded up the brown Nazis and killed them all, Utah style. That’s what we call The Good Old Days.

Maybe I’m being unfair though. Marg did an interview with Salon that cleared the air and made her seem totally electable, in Florida.

“We can ship them out to the middle of the country and put up high walls and leave them there,” said Marg Baker…

Whoopsie daisy. You’re gonna want to walk that one back a little.

They’re trying to think I want to erect some sort of prison camps like over in Germany” — which she is not, Baker said.

Now we’re talking!

She added, “You’ve gotta have places for them to eat and sleep and breathe fresh air. It can be a tent city … You don’t want to make them too comfortable or they’ll want to come back.”

She stressed to Salon that she would want all illegal immigrants, not just Hispanics, put in the camps. Though she added, cryptically, “the people are walking among us, and who knows.”

1 comment:

  1. I particularly liked the line, "You don’t want to make them too comfortable or they’ll want to come back.” A real touch of humanity Marg. Maybe we can apply that logic to all of our prisons, recidivism is a serious problem.

    Seriously, placing poor people seeking employment into camps seems obsessively cruel to me, a Guest Worker Program might make more sense... well, maybe. If we round them all up, we could privatize the "Camps". The taxpayers would foot the bill and the contractors running the camps could send the inmates out to work picking oranges, tomatoes and palm nuts. A tremendous profit could be made.

    Well, at least making those illegals work makes sense. That is why they come here, to do those jobs nobody wants.


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