In our last visit to the "Land of 10,000 Lakes,"
that another hand-wringing anarchist had joined Star Tribune
columnist Nick Coleman in ranting against the "gasoline-pouring"
Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who had the nerve to commission a report showing how much it was costing his state to support the estimated 85,000 illegals living there.
Well, Coleman (e-mail
him) is back, and he again demonstrates just how little he knows about the subject of immigration. But this time (Ah-ha! The plot thickens) he adds to the mix the possibility of a (gasp!) conspiracy that includes a `mystery woman from Maryland`:
"Wonder what`s behind the sudden debate over "illegal" immigrants? Listen to a retired accountant from Lake Crystal, Minn., named Pat Peoples. It turns out the demagoguery is not so sudden. It has been in the works for months."
[Demagoguery`s focus intends to blur important issues,
December 27, 2005 ](Earth to Coleman: This "debate"
has been going on for decades and without the help of individuals like your imaginary Mata Hari
Coleman writes that last February "a mystery woman"
organized a focus group in Mankato to discuss political issues facing residents of Minnesota, and accountant Peoples took exception to the immigration issue being introduced:"There was no reason for this to be brought up" . . . "I think someone was trying to find an issue that will antagonize people and get them riled up so they come out and vote, without offering a solution."
not to bring up an issue that`s costing taxpayers more
each year? Am I alone in being amused by the fact that somebody who earns a living keeping track of money thinks the rest of us shouldn`t be just a little testy knowing our wallets are systematically being raided 24-7 in order to support illegal aliens?)
"Peoples [says Coleman] has perfectly described how demagoguery works: Exaggerate a problem; exploit the manufactured resentment at the polls; offer no solutions to address a problem without creating an even larger one."
And Coleman has perfectly described how lousy journalism works: Write about a subject without fully understanding it; snow your readers into thinking you`re an expert on the issue; smugly go through each day believing that your job can never be done by a foreigner willing to work for far less than you.
(To see Gov. Pawlenty`s reaction to the flak he`s been taking for the report, click here