From Pine View Farm

What Was Old Is New Again, Suffer the Children Dept. 2

Picture of Statue of Liberty wearing shades crouching behind barricade holding sign reading

Werner Herzog’s Bear, writing at Notes from the Ironbound, sees echoes of the past in the current wingnut hysteria about an influx of brown children at the border. A nugget–follow the link for the rest:

When I hear the screaming mobs spewing hatred clothed in the fig leaf of “protecting the border” I hear the echoes of the 1850s and the Know-Nothings, the first major anti-immigrant group in American history. It came in response the massive waves of migrant from Germany and Ireland, mostly directed against Irish Catholics. . . . If those children in Murrieta today did not have protection I fear that the blood would flow.

The Republican Party has become a vile and loathsome thing. (Ask me nicely, I’ll tell you what I really think.)

Image via Balloon Juice.



  1. George Smith

    July 18, 2014 at 11:00 am

    You’re old enough to remember the Marielitos. The government chose to house many of them — 6 to 10 thousand, I think — at Fort Indiantown Gap army base, near where I grew up. Some of the locals in my town painted the sides of old wood buildings and put up signs that were like you see now. However, the virulence wasn’t as acute. It didn’t take long for it to die away and now a lot of those people, maybe most of them, are living here as citizens. The web didn’t exist, neither did the Old White Power party, or the absolute animus toward the president. These have all made the reaction much worse, alongside the generally paralytic and alienated state of the nation. It’s unfortunate there’s no practical way to split the country so that WhiteManistan could administer its cruelty any way it liked.

  2. Frank

    July 18, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    Yeah. Carter was still President, I was still married to my first wife, and the baby was six months old.

    That was 30 years ago, before the Republican Party had gone completely all-bigot-all-the-time and when there was no Fox News and no wingut talk radio to whip up rubes all across the land.

    Plus, they were from Cuba, so they were issued “Not Brown for Free” cards.