Sunday, 2 May 2010

Agency - or not? Pat Bertroche.

KJB brought an interesting piece of American lunacy to my attention.

This shit

The highlight of which is this piece of self aggrandising, self unaware idiocy:

Speaking at a forum Monday in Toledo, 3rd District Republican candidate Pat Bertroche said police should catch illegal immigrants and document their whereabouts.
The Cedar Rapids Gazette reported that he added, "I can microchip my dog so I can find it. Why can't I microchip an illegal?"
Bertroche — one of seven Republicans seeking the nomination to run against Democrat Leonard Boswell — said in a statement Tuesday that his comment was social commentary on how inane the immigration issue has become.

This is the victory of the political class over us.

We are no longer, even in democracies,  people anymore. We are reduced to machines. For make no mistake, the wedge strategy is to dehumanise 'the other' first and then get around to the rest of us. There is no 'natural boundary' between what he says now and what others may say in the future. It is to dehumanise the lived life, for the sake of political power. Lose this arguement, and it is a slippery spope to agreeing that we should all have a 'chip' or a 'tag'.

This is elitism of the first order. And it is an arithmetical game, where the only winner is likely to be a tiny, perhaps vanishing tiny, monopoly on human development. Not at all healthy.

Pat Bertroche should be resisted all the way!

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