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"Nativism,"Arnold, And Capital Punishment
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January 09, 2006, 10:28 PM
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Eugene Volokh points to this moronic op-ed on the subject of the execution of Tookie Williams, in which Renford Reese, [send him mail]a liberal professor from CSU-Pomona says this:

The fact that I was in China learning of the execution of a man in the United States was the first irony that caught my attention. I asked a Chinese university student whether he supported the death penalty. He said, ‘‘Yes, but I am from China.”

The second of many ironies was that an elitist, foreign-born governor who made his fortune by promoting violence in his films denied Williams clemency.

Professor Volokh, a loyal American who was born in Russia, asks

What on earth does it matter that Schwarzenegger is "foreign-born"? How is this "ironic," or for that matter remotely relevant? Seems to me like a pretty troubling form of nativism — tarring the actions of an immigrant made good by referring to his status as an immigrant — but I can only say "seems to me" because the statement is so perplexing that it`s hard to do more than just guess that it`s an insult.

Normally I`m sympathetic to nativism, and unlike National Review, I sympathize with the Founders who wrote the constitutional provision that prevents Arnold, Arianna, Jennifer Granholm, and Peter Brimelow from being elected President of the United States. (I`m willing to keep an open mind about Supreme Court appointments.)

I`m not sure why Renford Reese, who`s more a blissed-out California internationalist than a "nativist," chose this slur, but it`s unfair.

When Arnold let justice take its course, he wasn`t acting like an Austrian, but like an American.

When Austrian politicians complained about the execution, Arnold told them where to stick their complaints. (I`m paraphrasing.) But if Arnold had decided to stay the execution because his native Austria no longer has the death penalty, then that would have been grounds for complaint.