Have you ever seen that Daily Show bit where Jon Stewart leans his head way back and blurts out, “Ooooh, snap!”? That’s how I felt reading today’s editorial in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette:
Proving that every Main Street in America can have its own demagogue, Mayor Barletta has championed an ordinance that is all about punishing immigrants, ostensibly illegal ones, although inevitably all come under the same cloud of suspicion.
(snap, err, snip)
Hazleton is a million miles from the America that once welcomed the “poor and huddled masses” — and profited hugely by their presence. Mr. Barletta, who appears to have greater political ambitions, is buoyed by the support he has received around the country, but then America has never been short of nativists. They know a friend when they see one.
For once such poison seeps out, there is no containing it to those who are illegal. As Post-Gazette writer Milan Simonich reported Sunday, a legal immigrant from the Dominican Republic, a U.S. citizen for 18 years, has endured taunts to “go back where you came from.”
If that anti-foreigner attitude prevails, America can forget competing in the global market and its greatness will be reduced one Hazleton at a time.
I think Lou just got punk’d. Actually, unlike that show, what’s happening in Hazleton is no practical joke, and it’s sad to watch.
Andy in H-burg