Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Leader of the He-man Hyphen Hater's Club Uses a Lot of Hyphens

Eric Crafton attempted to debunk his critics yesterday:

let's look at the arguments from the liberal opposition to the "English first" ballot initiative ....

"Making English the official language is a racist, mean-spirited ploy" is always the first salvo they fire. Anyone who supports our Founding Fathers' ideas or embraces America's culture and language is automatically labeled a racist .... The divisiveness of the hyphen-loving left has to end. One American people, one American nation has to be the new mantra; please join me in declaring the "you-are-a-racist-if-you-disagree-with-me" argument officially null and void.

I've already addressed the idea that policies (like Jim Crow and English Only) can be racist without ever specifically mentioning race. So, Mr. Crafton may both support family members of different ethnicities and advance policies that are unconstitutionally biased against different ethnic groups. The latter becomes a means of whipping up a segment of the Republican base in the fall election.

It won't be the first time that or the only matter on which Eric Crafton has expressed a mean spirit. Liberal charges of Mr. Crafton's meanness are neither fabricated just to defeat an initiative nor null and void as he would like to have them.

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