I want to congratulate the senator because who knew that war in Iraq was over? Who knew that the out of control spending the Republicans have brought to Washington 11 years of budget control and that the saber-rattling by North Korea and Iran and other countries, it's over. And we can spend time on a completely inane and asinine issue. To be talking about passing resolutions in a way even, especially if they're nonbinding about what language people should be able to sing the national anthem or say the pledge after allegiance is ludicrous beyond belief. One of the great things about America is our First Amendment which guarantees political expression. Certainly the pledge of allegiance and the national anthem are political speech. And now you're trying to say that only way can you be truly American is to say it in English, which the last time I checked was the language of our colonial overlord from a couple hundred years ago.I completely agree with Gillespsie, but the discussion on the show is not the interesting part. The interesting part is the hordes of xenophobic hate mail that Reason received after Gillespsie's appearance. Its always a shock to be reminded of America's nativist traditions.
Notice how many of the letter writers refer to Gillespsie as a lefty or liberal (or Communist), and to Reason as a left-wing magazine, despite Gillespsie being libertarian and Reason being a libertarian free-market publication. Also note that the bulk of respondents criticize Gillespsie for being pro-illegal immigration, despite Gillespsie not putting forth in any way his position on immigration during the course of his appearance.
This goes back to what I was saying about "liberal" being turned into an epithet for propaganda purposes. Gillespsie was not a person putting forth an argument to these letter writers, he was a symbol - a "liberal' - which means they don't need to know what his views on immigration are, they know what the symbol means (to them.) And its probably not a coincidence that the people you see using language in such a way in the letters are probably the same sort of people you would find in the white nationalist Stormfront forums. Scratch the surface of the current anti-immigrant debate, and this is what you find. As Dave Neiwert astutely points out, what we're seeing is the mainstreaming of hate.