On immigration, Bush is Castro

In a post adapted and picked up by the Washington Post, Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez argues that with the help of a compliant media, Bush and backers have successfully gotten a significant portion of Americans to: "blame this nation's economic problems on...you ready for this? Illegal immigrants." A tactic she calls "propaganda 101."

Though the vast majority of Latinos are either citizens or documented workers, the campaign to blame Latinos for the economy has been a success:

"If you had any doubt what this faux-debate on illegal immigration has been about, or who has orchestrated it, this poll tells you all you need to know. The Big Brown Alien Frenzy was created by right-wing think-tanks who have studied the strategies of dictators throughout time. They are purposefully and incorrectly using Latinos... as scapegoats and distractionary hate-targets so that no one pays attention to the real reason for our nation's economic destruction: George W. Bush and his idiotic fiscal policies."
It reminds Valdes-Rodriguez of something:
"Fidel Castro has used this kind of sleazy tactic to his advantage for nearly 50 years, by convincing everyone in Cuba that their lack of freedom and poverty are the fault of...us. Yup. The United States. As long as Fidel can keep his people unified against the American "enemy," no one blames him for, say, making dissent ILLEGAL, and they remain paranoid and docile.
How sad that the U.S. now has a president borrowing strategies from Fidel Castro.

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