Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Can't Have This Now Can We?

I have a close relative currently spending a little bit of time behind bars. His crime? Driving on a suspended license. While I care for him immensely he knew he had no license to drive when he got behind the wheel, and since this was not his first offense I acknowledge that the punishment he is receiving is justified.

A car is a device that one needs to understand and know how to use safely and it must be used safely. Those who don't do this will not get a license, simple enough. Those without licenses should not be allowed to drive and if they're caught driving they should receive a reasonable yet substantial punishment.

California is cracking down on unlicensed drivers and civil rights groups are up in arms.

Their complaint is that this crackdown is targeting the Latino community. A simple question is this. What group has the largest number of unlicensed drivers in California? Answer: Illegal immigrants.

Let's suppose that we had a law against burning crosses on other peoples' private property. Wait a minute! We do! Now when was the last time a black or Hispanic person was prosecuted under this law? (which by the way is a law I support.) It is a law that targets a specific group of people who happen to be white, not white people in general. This is not unrelated.

The cross burning ordinances were designed to prevent illegal activity (harassing and threatening non-whites in this case) and so was the crackdown on unlicensed drivers (all ethnic issues aside, an unlicensed driver is more often than not a dangerous driver.) If it is designed to target illegal immigrants, so what? There are also non-Hispanic illegals in this country (Chinese - though I don't know why - Muslims, and even a few Europeans - -) but they don't have advocacy groups so if they get caught they are deported -- end of story. The crackdown is not against Hispanics in general, who are citizens and are as American as I am; it is against a group of people who are here illegally, who just happen to be largely Hispanics.

The rights enumerated in the Constitution are for citizens of this country, regardless of ethnicity, and legal guests. Illegal visitors of any sort have no rights beyond the minimal basic human rights.


Blogger Gayle said...

Well said, Shoprat. Civil rights groups need to learn how to think clearly... or "think" at all! Common sense once again loses out where they're concerned. It seems it always does.

12:30 PM  
Blogger Jay said...

Tragically, over the decades, the term "civil rights" has become defined as "the law doesn't apply to me." I think the majority of civil rights complaints today are simply crying wolf. Consequently, people begin to care much less about true civil rights violations.

I am good friends with a civil rights leader in the Chaldean community here in Detroit area. I kid you not, I tried having a simple 25 minute lunch with him two months ago, and I didn't get talk because he kept answering his cell phone. After each phone call, he'd give me a brief synopsis of what the caller's problem was. Out of all the calls, only one had to do with something other than a traffic stop, and all the traffic stop cases were "because the cop hates Chaldeans."

I've been in cop cars before (as a civilian observer), and I know that cops generally can't see the color of your skin when they first notice someone breaking the traffic law.

Don't cry wolf.

2:56 PM  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Gosh -- can't have our laws actually ENFORCED, can we? How heinous and overbearing!

Hm. I'm gonna have to Google "Chaldean."


6:33 PM  
Blogger dons_mind said...

hehe tks BZ - glad i'm not the only one who had to google "Chaldean". learn something new everyday.... :)

9:04 PM  
Blogger Jay said...

Sorry, BZ. Chaldeans are an Arabic people group, typically Catholic, from Iraq (and a lesser extent, Turkey).

11:03 PM  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

It's good to learn something every day!


10:23 AM  
Anonymous Seth said...

If California liberals had their way, only law abiding Americans would be subject to the rule of law. Left-handed logic.

2:51 PM  
Blogger Tim said...

While I don't mind them impounding cars for this, I am against roadblocks where they just stop everyone. "Your papers, please..."
Sounds like Nazi Germany or the USSR...

12:31 PM  

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