A Republican lawmaker in Tennessee has been receiving a lot of criticism for politically incorrect comments he recently made about illegal aliens. Rep. Curry Todd of Collierville compared pregnant illegals to “rats multiplying.” Upon further reflection, he backtracked from his “insensitive” remarks. In hindsight, he believes “anchor babies” was the proper term to refer this form of pestilence.
In the 2011 legislative session, Rep. Todd intends to introduce a bill in the Tennessee state legislature that would deny illegal aliens access to healthcare. He sees illegal aliens as parasites who are taking advantage of Tennessee taxpayers.
To his credit, Todd has stood his ground and refused to apologize for expressing his opinion. “I am not going to try and be politically correct with everything I say,” Todd said. “If I offended them I am sorry. But the truth is the truth. A spade is a spade.”
Phil Bredesen, the Democratic Governor of Tennessee, has predictably condemned him. Todd has also been widely condemned by Hispanic groups and the leftwing media throughout the state. Members of the Hispanic community and various anti-White advocacy groups like the NAACP apparently attempted to confront Todd at his home.
Someone inside called the police to have them removed from the property.
The barriers to “respectability” in the post-Bush GOP and the post-Buckley conservative movement are breaking down. The scarlet letter of “racism” no longer has the same effect. Whites are increasingly more likely to take offense than apologize when the charge of bigotry is hurled in their direction. Some Whites like Rep. Todd are even starting to revel in violating the boundaries of political correctness.
It brings to mind a scene from Jurassic Park. In that movie, a corrupt employee named Dennis Nedry infected the park’s security measures with a computer virus that would allow him to steal dinosaur embryos and sell them on the black market. Nerdy’s sabotage deactivated the electric fences that contained the dinosaurs.
Then all hell broke loose.
In a somewhat similar way, the boundaries of “respectability” are being tested here: Whites are challenging the restrictions imposed upon them by politically correct orthodoxy in small ways. In Murfreesboro, there have been mosque protests. In Oklahoma, voters recently banned “sharia law.” In Arizona, voters struck out against affirmative action. In Iowa, three federal judges who imposed gay marriage on the state were thrown out of office.
The T-Rex of White nativism is trying to break out of its cage.
When the NAACP released the Zeskind report on the Tea Party, the result was a deafening silence, followed by a massacre of Democrats in the Heartland. Some conservatives returned fire with their own accusations of “racism.” The mainstream media and anti-White organizations like the NAACP no longer have the legitimacy in the eyes of White America to impose taboos on respectable discussion. They have maxed the race card out.
Immigration and Tennessee
In Tennessee, the 2010 midterm elections played out much like they did elsewhere in Middle America. Republicans captured the governorship, both chambers of the state legislature, and 7 out of 9 congressional seats including 1 at the expense of Democrats. The GOP hasn’t been this powerful in Tennessee since Reconstruction.
Earlier this year, the Tennessee state legislature passed a resolution congratulating Arizona for its passage of SB 1070. Tennessee state lawmakers later visited Arizona to learn how to pass a similar measure. By a 4 to 1 margin, 72 percent of Tennessee voters want to pass Arizona-style immigration reform in their own state.
Tennessee has already passed several of its own laws against illegal immigration. While they are not quite as famous as SB 1070, Tennessee already checks the immigration status of prisoners, requires “English-only” in the workplace, and the state has the power to “deny, suspend or revoke the business licenses of employers that knowingly employ illegal immigrants.”
After delivering a “shellacking” to Barack Obama in the 2010 midterm elections, Tennessee Republicans “pretty much have the votes to pass what they want” on immigration. They have already promised to pass all sorts of immigration bills that Democrats have defeated in previous sessions.
The list includes:
– A requirement to produce photo based voter identification at the polls.
– A requirement for proof of citizenship in order to be eligible to vote.
– Another crackdown on employers who hire illegal aliens.
Tennessee is also part of a coalition of states asking the Supreme Court to uphold Arizona’s SB 1070. By working within the mainstream, we now have the power to make life as uncomfortable as possible for illegal aliens in the Volunteer State. As in Arizona, illegals will now likely choose some other destination that has a reputation for being more hospitable to criminals.
Vanguardism = Massive Failure
Back in August, the NSM arrived in Knoxville with much fanfare (it was billed as the biggest rally in years) and pitched their tent at the “Stand in the South” rally. For those who have forgotten that debacle, which got this author “banned from the state of Tennessee,” it is worth revisiting the video of what transpired when “America’s premiere White civil rights organization” came to town on a platform of cracking down on illegal immigration:
That’s the alternative to working within the system. Like most White Americans, I remain unpersuaded.
The mainstream strategy is producing tangible results. Vanguardist theatrics have only succeeded in inviting public ridicule. Working within the mainstream is showing signs of a breakthrough. The wild eyed radicals holed up in their bunkers have been forgotten and ignored by their contemporaries.
With the minutes on the play clock winding down, White Nationalists can no longer afford to indulge in such political silliness.