Hispanic=illegal=criminal; inside the “mind” of an obsessive nutball

About once a year, I wind up following a link to a blog that in turn links to the tortured output of a woman named Carolyn Hileman. This individual from a small and presumably bumpkin-riddled Texas town has been blogging for years on end about the evils of illegal immigration. She appears to have literally no other concerns in her life.
My 2009 re-introduction to Carolyn is this, a complaint about a speech Nancy Pelosi gave in San Francisco the other day to a mostly Latino group including both legal and illegal immigrants.

Nancy Pelosi the other day stood in front of a largely Hispanic group and told them “You are very special people. You’re here on a Saturday night to take responsibility for our country’s future. That makes you very, very patriotic. Who in our country would not want to change a policy of kicking in doors in the middle of the night and sending a parent away from their families? It must be stopped. What value system is that? I think it’s un-American. I think it’s un-American.”

This much is accurate–Carolyn probably lifted it from this Fox News story. She continues:

Well now I must agree, what value system is that? What value system is that, which comes into a country under the cover of darkness, in the back of a truck or stuffed in door panels just so that they do not have to face doing things the legal way, what value system drives them to steal peoples ID’s, to drive without a license or insurance, to start or bring their family to a place where they know that one day there might be a knock on the door and they might be taken away?

Whoa. So now the “value system” in question–one apparently upheld by the majority of U.S. Latinos–involves theft, crime, deceit, or some other treachery? As I understand it, the majority of people here illegally didn’t sneak into the country under a tarp or in someone’s trunk; they’ve merely overstayed their welcome. That doesn’t make it right, but it obviously serves Carolyn’s purposes to demonize every Latino n the U.S. to the fullest extent possible.
She gets worse, of course:

What value system has a woman who stands there and calls illegal immigration patriotic?

Which Pelosi did not do.

Who congratulates them for taking responsibility for our country? And then dares to call our laws un-American and says that they must be stopped?

This is hyperbole at best, but realistically it’s one more erroneous claim. Carolyn obviously cannot read very well.

Someone needs to call that woman and remind her who it is she works for and it would be those very people who made those Un-American laws she was complaining about.

Pelosi most likely knows she works for the United States government.

Isn’t interesting that she does not speak to Americans that way, we are the weak, the lazy only good for taxing people, we are not patriotic, we have not had the fear of someone coming up and taking our kids away, we have not walked for days in the desert to work as a dishwasher in some small restaurant somewhere, no all we ever did was build this damn country, fight for this country, raise our children to love this country and abide by its laws.

Um…okay. Something tells me Carolyn hasn’t done a lot of fighting for ths country, given that she can’t even subdue the gremlins inside her own head. But that was kind of a neat loss of control to behold.

Yes, I know we have all heard they are such hard working people, and some of them are but the fact of the matter is they came here illegally, they are living here illegally and they are not contributing to our economy, they are contributing most of their money back to their homes where they plan to go right after they have sucked us dry and we are un-American??? Now lets break this down a bit shall we, you’re here on a Saturday night to take responsibility for our country’s future. Considering some of the crap the house has passed I suppose we should be glad someone is taking responsibility but what she is saying is that we have not and she may be right considering what happened this last election. That makes you very, very patriotic, so what does that make us? Who in our country would not want to change a policy of kicking in doors in the middle of the night and sending a parent away from their families? Does that mean that the DEA, CPS and other agencies should stop that too or just ICE? What value system is that? It is the value system the American people put in place to stop illegal immigrants from living in our country. ? I think it’s un-American. I think it’s un-American.” What exactly is un-American about wanting our laws enforced? What is un-American about wanting what few jobs are left in this country going to Americans, what is un-American about expecting those who enter our country to abide by the laws?

I tried to cajole Google into translating this into English for me, but I couldn’t figure out what the original language is. Any pointers?

So there you have it an American congress woman telling a largely Hispanic crowd that our laws are unjust, that our people are un-American, that they are the patriotic ones, not the ones who have fought for this country, not the ones whose fathers and grand fathers fought for this country but they are the patriotic ones. We are unpatriotic and un-American.

Unfortunately, this wild-eyed coda is not an intentional burst of flagrant exaggeration intended to rile up Carolyn’s fellow haters. Nothing other than blunt, garden-variety stupidity is at work here.
This is exactly how racism is born and propagated. If hooked up to a reliable polygraph, Carolyn would probably pass with flying colors if asked if she believes she holds any racist viewpoint. To her and other abject whackjobs, she really is just trying to look out for “her” country.

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  1. #1 by Badger3k on March 29, 2009 - 11:40 pm

    Now, now…she fights in the Fighting Keyboarders, and maybe yells insults (while driving away fast) at any hispanics she happens to run into (well, anyone who even looks like they might be hispanic). I’m sure that counts as earning her a Silver Star with Wingnut Cluster.

  2. #2 by Brian X on March 30, 2009 - 2:08 am

    I’ve long since maintained that many of the people who benefit the most from illegal immigration (corporate farmers, contractors, lazy rich people, etc) have a vested interest in keeping the illegals illegal, since it puts them in a position where they have absolute control over them in a way that they can’t with American workers. Insubordinate? Socially unacceptable? Complains about shit wages? Call la migra; they’re gone. They’re not worried; they have a permanent and interchangeable supply of fungible brown people, and a large base of howling wingnuts who will insure that said fungible brown people remain exploitable and exploited. If you think about it, the life of an undocumented worker isn’t that much different from a prostitute in that regard.
    The solution (as, I understand, several labor unions have already figured out) is to give these people legitimacy — the economy dependent on them is not going away, and many illegals haven’t much to go back home to anyway. Solution: H1B-like visas for migrant workers, allowing companies to bring them in on guest visas for a specific period of time, along with a social safety net similar to what many on the left support for American citizens, so the companies who can’t afford to pay benefits to such workers don’t have to worry about it. But that will be a tough sell as long as immigration policy is driven by racism and idiotic jingoism.

  3. #3 by Rob Jase on March 30, 2009 - 9:33 am

    Zeig Hileman!

  4. #4 by Leslie on March 30, 2009 - 12:17 pm

    Nancy Pelosi works for ME ME ME ME!! She better come over here and paint my house!

  5. #5 by Leslie on March 30, 2009 - 12:17 pm

    Nancy Pelosi works for ME ME ME ME!! She better come over here and paint my house!

  6. #6 by catgirl on March 30, 2009 - 1:24 pm

    I think this lady wants to roll America back to over 100 years ago, where only white people are actual Americans and the rest are just here to serve them.

  7. #7 by Jim Thomerson on March 31, 2009 - 5:03 pm

    You say she lives in Texas, a state which has no majority ethnic group. That is hard on some folks, I suppose.

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