The article quoted by Atrios is the perfect example, to me, of the neocons, Christianists, and zombie point-talkers' ultimate goal: a rigid, class-based society where the idea of a social "ladder" is only a myth with just enough credibility to keep the peasants from revolting.
Make no mistake, while liberals rightly fight for immigrants to be treated fairly as human beings; it is business-class Republicans who pressure Washington to keep their hands off the border. As Steve Martin would, "Ah! It's a profit deal!"
The Christianists need the poor to give balance to their hate. Sure, deep down inside, it's makes me weep to hate my gay son; but Hellfire! I donate a few bucks to my church's soup kitchen once a week.
And of course, the zombies like OxyLimContin and O'Falafel absolutely love illegal immigrants. Hate is a powerful emotion. I'll leave the philosophers to determine if hate is the most powerful emotion, but let's just say it's in the top 2. Without hate, Rush is fat drug addict and Bill is frightened paranoid; overcompensating for one's questionable manhood is kinda funny if you're on TV... it's pathetic if you're doing your wanking at home.
These arrogant chickenhawks treat our military the same way. Honestly, if you take away the yellow ribbons, the right treats illegals and soldiers about the same: cut the benefits. Unfortunately, they are successfully cutting benefits from people who honorably served and risked their lives. In the other case, the idea of masses of illegals collecting welfare was always a huge myth (health care may be another matter, but that system is broken for all of us. HMOs, anyone? $1,000 per vehicle built by GM?)
"Staff Sgt. Jason Rivera, 26, a Marine recruiter in Pittsburgh, went to the home of a high school student who had expressed interest in joining the Marine Reserve to talk to his parents.
It was a large home in a well-to-do suburb north of the city. Two American flags adorned the yard. The prospect's mom greeted him wearing an American flag T-shirt.
'I want you to know we support you,' she gushed.
Rivera soon reached the limits of her support.
'Military service isn't for our son. It isn't for our kind of people,' she told him."