Obama No Boomer
Alexander Cockburn is one of my favorites, as are all your columnists. Everybody. But I must take exception to his June 9 column, “From Palmyra to Obama.” His take on history is great. Indeed, Palmyra was a victim of the fortunes of the Roman Empire. There is a lesson to be learned. However… We are not Rome. We are America.
The world will absolutely be a better place merely by the fact of Bush’s absence. No doubt. (He’ll be missed like Herbert Hoover. Now we need another FDR.) And it will be a better place because, unlike Bush, Clinton, Cockburn or myself, Barack Obama is not a baby boomer. Big plus. Besides his brains, class and heart, his youth gives him a huge leg up on anybody in sight. This guy deserves the complete support of what Hunter S. Thompson called a doomed generation. After our statistical hogging of the culture, the least we can do is get out of the way. It’s their turn.
LEONARD F. BUKOSKY
Technically, Cockburn is not a boomer. –Ed.
Crime: Driving While Hispanic
Thank you for Roberto Lovato’s “Juan Crow in Georgia” [May 26]. Very few media sources shed any light on the other side of the illegal immigration issue. It seems that in this country being Hispanic is becoming a crime. I am a US citizen of Mexican descent, and my wife is a legal resident. We fear these oppressive laws because they are not just targeting illegal immigrants but also legal Hispanics. They open up a lot of racial profiling by law enforcement. Here in South Carolina, the government is starting to pass oppressive laws similar to those of Georgia. We’ve witnessed state troopers putting traffic stops in Hispanic neighborhoods and asking for driver’s licenses. I have heard of cases across the country similar to the one in the article, where citizens of Latino descent are interrogated and even turned in to ICE. In Phoenix this happened to a citizen who was third-generation Mexican-American. His “crime” was that he was Hispanic. We fear the same will happen to us if we ever encounter local law enforcement on the road.
East Lansing, Mich.
When nearly all forms of elite capital are freely permitted to cross national jurisdictions, working classes are unfairly disadvantaged by immigration policies that prevent them from selling their labor to the highest bidder. If the international community is keen on allowing big business the flexibility to relocate jobs across national borders, doesn’t justice require permitting labor the right to follow?
Salt Lake City