In his tortured commentary for CNN this AM, commentator Ruben Navarrette tries desperately to tie immigration reform to gun control while mentioning — and excusing — ATF's "Fast & Furious." Here's how this foremost voice of Hispanic America, author of A DARKER SHADE OF CRIMSON: ODYSSEY OF A HARVARD CHICANO, excuses the killings of (according to the Mexican government) 150 Mexican nationals and 2 American agents:
The ATF, the same agency that is pushing the reporting requirement, is embroiled in a scandal because of an ill-conceived operation that let guns go into Mexico. Operation "Fast and Furious" was supposed to lead U.S. authorities to weapons smugglers by allowing more than 2,000 guns to flow into Mexico. The effort was a disaster, and nearly three-fourths of those weapons are still accounted for.
The administration's foul-ups aside, here's what the political end of this border battle is about: money and votes."Foul-up aside"...I mean, what's a few bodies among friends? What are the deaths of Mexicans worth? Well, certainly not as much as Harvard men, eh?
It was just a "foul-up," you know, like when you forget to carry enough change in your Mercedes ashtray to pay a toll? Or, silly you, your wallet's in the other Armani jacket, and you have to ask Bootsie to pick up the check? Could happen to anyone. But you know, I can't help wondering how high a stack of 150 bodies would make, Mr. Naverrette...high enough to be seen from the windows of your San Diego home?
Oh, and I also want to mention your brilliant reporting:
Do you remember the part of the Constitution where it says that people have the right to buy two or more automatic weapons within five days without law enforcement knowing anything about it? Me neither.Hey Ruben! Me neither! As a matter of fact, you haven't been able to walk into a gun store and buy an automatic weapon since 1934, which you would have learned with 30 seconds of Google research...but I guess you Harvard types don't do your own research. You just print the talking points your Administration handlers tell you to print, right? Lots easier that way — no foul-ups!
(Art is a theatrical poster for a production of Uncle Tom's Cabin, circa 1880s)