I (also) haven't written enough about illegal immigration, so please accept this magnificent overview of the issue by Jim Hightower as a partial penance. You need to be a paid Hightower Lowdown subscriber in order to read it, but that's a good thing, because this isn't the only good thing he'll write this year. Long story short: we have illegal immigrants not only because corporations want illegal immigrants here so they can pay them in dung pellets, but also because NAFTA (a Bill Clinton-Al Gore production) destroyed their livelihoods in Mexico, so they have to come here for dung pellets when they'd really rather be home. The solution? You know: the protections that American workers already deserve, which include protection from greedy multinational corporations. Actual racists need not apply to this argument.
Glenn Greenwald warns us, in pretty stark terms, that the right-wing slime machine will-so come after Mr. Obama if he's the nominee -- it already has, in fact, though their labors have produced little fruit so far. I'd wondered if Mr. McCain might be a bit squeamish about smearing Mr. Obama, but as Mr. Greenwald reminds me, that won't matter -- talk radio and the right-wing blathersphere will happily smear Obama plenty enough, and Mr. McCain will look better merely for avoiding same. Indeed, with that peculiar New York Times article suggesting Mr. McCain might have had an affair with a lobbyist, the far right is, as they say, fired up and ready to go.
Meanwhile, I neglected to pass along the February 8 "false flag" warnings of America's last conservative, Paul Craig Roberts, so here it is. I don't pass up too many opportunities to Imagine the Worst, a healthy exercise when contemplating politics, and I only passed that one up due to negligence. Mr. Roberts thinks the Republicans can still steal the elections with a) Diebold-type voting machines and b) a well-timed "terrorist attack," both of which would require the acquiescence of a) the voters and b) the Democrats to succeed. Which they'd likely get, since, last I looked, there've been no Coxey's Armies marching on D.C. lately. N.B. that I think Mr. Roberts speaks figuratively in paragraphs 2 and 3 -- Dick Cheney will not really be Secretary of War in a McCain administration, but would Mr. McCain's Secretary of Defense be very much different? The Podhoretzes and Boltons and Kristols and Feiths of the world really do only one thing well -- create more Podhoretzes and Boltons and Kristols and Feiths.