Saturday, September 14, 2013

¡Hola, Xenófobos! Go Back Where You Came From!

Xenophobia is rampant and The Deadline Poet (Calvin Trillin) offers a quatrain that displays our most common national hypocrisy. "Secure the border!" is the catchphrase among the xenophobes. Illegal border crossings in the Southwest are at a current low, but the loons cry for more (and higher) fences, mas Las Migras (more INS officers), and — most laughably — self-deportation. A plague on these fools in our midst! If this is a (fair & balanced) call for toleration, so be it.

[x The Nation]
Hispanic Heritage Month: September 15–October 15
By The Deadline Poet (Calvin Trillin)

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The members of Congress are ready to cheer
Latinos and what they’ve accomplished right here.
There’s praise for Latinos in all of this chatter.
But making them legal? A different matter. Ω

[Calvin Trillin began his career as a writer for Time magazine. Since July 2, 1990, as a columnist at The Nation, Trillin has written his weekly "Deadline Poet" column: humorous poems about current events. Trillin has written considerably more pieces for The Nation than any other single person. A native of Kansas City, MO, Trillin received his BA from Yale College in 1957. He served in the army, and then joined Time.]

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