Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Terrill Critics Hurl Racist Label, Defenders Reject It

State Rep. Randy Terrill's effort to halt illegal immigration and his authorship of the state's new immigration law, House Bill 1804, has prompted opponents and some of Oklahoma's liberal bloggers to label him a "racist." As the law's effective date of November 1st drew near this week, the personal attacks on Terrill escalated.

Now, some conservative bloggers are riding to Terrill's defense, arguing that liberals always bring out the "racist" label to describe those with whom they disagree.

Blogger and radio personality Ron Black writes today, "I know and like Representative Randy Terrill and when he comes clean and admits that he is going to run for Lt. Governor, I'll be one of the first to support him. What I cannot understand is what I heard today from one of the representatives who oppose HB1804 - a man told a reporter on KTOK that he believes Randy's motivation was 'racial.' Huh? I know Randy and know him to be a good man who is not racist at all, but rather would like to see Oklahoma tax dollars be spent more efficiently and when it is being spent, that it is spent on Oklahomans who are here legally. To most of us with more than 50 or 60 functioning brain cells, that makes pretty good sense. But to some, to presume that folks here illegally should not receive the same benefits as those here legally is, well, anathema.
"The ones who preach tolerance have again become so very, very intolerant.

"'Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law.' That, my friends, is where we are heading and this illegal immigration mess is emblematic of a bigger problem that has permeated every fiber of fabric interwoven in our culture.

"This is not a race issue in my estimation, but rather is an issue of fiscal responsibility and trust me, as a card-carrying Republican, we've seen very little fiscal restraint coming from within the ranks of my beloved GOP. One thing about the Democratic Party on a national level - they let you know up front that they want as many tax dollars as they can take from us and they make no bones about it. We, on the other hand, are a little less forthright in our tax-and-spend policies (we keep our wasteful spending secret, behind closed doors).

"To say that Randy Terrill is a racist is as ludicrous as saying that there should be no borders, no set of laws, no civil order. Both propositions are ridiculous on their faces and I am horribly disappointed that once again, we're missing the whole point to begin with: Illegal immigrants (regardless of the color of their skin) are here (get ready for it) illegally."
And this, from the Red Stater blog: "Here is the way debate goes according to those on the left. Ready? Okay. Debate over, accept their claims as fact or else you're a racist.

"While the left proclaims to simply disagree with the President and his policies and seek to only debate the issues, (does that make them unpatriotic?) the exact opposite is what they really end up doing every single time.
"On the war in Iraq: There is no debate. First they were on Bush's side in the war and in spite of voting for the war on multiple occasions Democrats (without any debate on the issue) changed their view, called the President a liar, General Petraeus a liar, our troops murderers and called for immediate withdrawal from Iraq, refusing to discuss the fact that Al Qaeda is even there, that Petreaeus was right, that Bush's surge is working and that the charges against the troops for murder were dropped.
"Democrats refuse to discuss any of these issues, but will call you a racist if you mention radical Islam or Islamo-Fascism or security at the airports.
"Where is the debate?
"On Global warming: In spite of there being more scientists refuting claims of man-made global warming than there are scientists supporting it, Democrats demand that we accept global warming as a fact without any debate whatsoever. When someone does ask for some discussion on the issue (Inhofe) they are dismissed and branded as anti-science...or a racist because the liberals say global warming affects the poor and minorities more than the general population.
"Where is the exchange of ideas?
"On Abortion: Try debating this one with a liberal and see what happens... I dare ya', ...you sexist, racist, woman hater.
"On Healthcare: Hillary knows best, everyone else shut-up (you racists)... there is no debating healthcare, It's for the children, the poor and minorities.
"On taxes: Try and discuss lower taxes and how it stimulates the economy...the answer is always the same...'Rich people hate poor people, you racists.'
"Where is the debate?
"On enforcing immigration laws and the border... 'you racist.' On protecting marriage ... 'you homophobic racist.'"

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