Bob Robb scolds “both sides” for “behaving badly” without mentioning the actual bad behavior of certain people


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Quoth Bob Robb:

In the debate over what to do about juvenile illegal immigrants from Central America, both sides are behaving badly.

I agree with some of the policy points in Bob Robb’s column on the Honduran refugee children situation but he’s talking about policy and not behavior. Now, I’m the last person to lecture people on their tone or tell them not to protest something they oppose vigorously. There’s a difference between protesting and being a menacing bully, though, and the latter is what anti-immigrant activists have been doing. And to children, no less. Some right wing pundits and Republican politicians are busily spinning blatant lies about them, such as that they’re “bringing diseases” and are, or will grow up to be, violent gang members. Robb makes no mention of all that but does chide Democrats for not working with the Republicans.

Rather than fighting the law change Republicans are pushing, Democrats should develop and try to attach to it the refugee program they think appropriate.

Yeah, that’ll totally work. You can always trust Republicans to be reasonable when you give them a bunch of stuff that they said they wanted. Both sides!


  1. Ever notice the common rhetoric of the conservative Arizona legislature, the Boehner House, and Vladimir Putin. Everything is always someone else’s fault. Bad things happen or nothing happens, they had nothing to do with it. They see some alternative universe that the rest of the world does not. There are boogie men everywhere. And finally, every thing that happens or doesn’t happen, ITS OBAMA’s FAULT!

  2. The republicans have stopped calling this a christian nation the last few weeks I wonder why? Maybe they can’t find in the bible where jesus says deport the children?

  3. We have allowed this “pox on both your houses meme” to go on long enough.

    At the Oracle demonstrations, the side with the angels, the prayers, and the bilingual signs was not acting at all like the side with the guns, the hate speech, the attitude, and the media whore sheriff.

  4. To Mr Robb I submit that he should notice that Democrats “working with Republicans”, i.e., improving the Affordable Care Act, crafting a sane immigration policy, etc has been and continues to be clearly demonstrated.

    Mr Robb – apparently – forgot about the declaration of total legislative war declared against President Obama and the Democratic Party on the day of Obama’s first inauguration. Total. War.

    And that campaign has succeeded well for the Reeper brethren.
    The United States has been intentionally slowed to a crawl by a political party. And now comes Mr Robb intoning that we should be “working with” those flaming wing nuts.

    What a joke.

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