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10/15/2003 Entry: "Not even close to a Kennedy, especially not that one"

"Are the people who care for children of the affluent, work in yards of the movie stars, accept the menial labor no one else will do—all the while harvesting much of the produce on which the nation feeds—not part of "everybody?" A driver's license was once a kind of privilege, but in the "homeland" of security, where the demand for official identification has become ubiquitous, the picture ID is increasingly necessary for basic functioning—to live as much as to drive. That is why, no doubt, the political establishment of California acknowledged the universal necessity of this uniquely sanctioned identification. The legislation was a humane response to the difficult circumstances of the undocumented workers, but it was also a realistic acknowledgement of their importance to whole sectors of California's economy. A compassionate law, and a step away from official hypocrisy that exploits such workers while pretending they don't exist.

"Now Schwarzenegger, having shamelessly emphasized the drivers' license issue to get elected, cannot wait to say in that pointed Spanish of his 'Hasta la vista,' language the people he has in mind, mostly, will understand.

"That the governor-elect is himself an immigrant who has admirably taken full advantage of this nation's traditional openness to newcomers, including hardscrabble arrivals who work hard to regularize their situations after entrance, doubles the outrage of such contempt. But what triples the outrage of this particular politician's poor-punishing strategy, given the family ties of which he has made good use, is the memory of Robert Kennedy with Cesar Chavez, leader of the United Farmer Workers. Kennedy was a passionate advocate for migrant workers, many of whom were "undocumented." He opposed the large farm owners' use of trucked-in Mexican workers as strike breakers, but he was otherwise overwhelmingly in favor of such disenfranchised men and women as they moved through the complex thickets of arrival, work, tentative legitimation, toward full legal acceptance. Kennedy would have understood that achieving "documentation" is but one step in a time-honored American tradition."
Our Life With Arnold, by James Carroll, Boston Globe, October 14, 2003 (via TomPaine.com)

No one is ever going to confuse der Schwarzen with Robert Kennedy, but the point is well taken.

And, if anyone needs their memory jogged, here is one of those great Robert Kennedy speeches, this one in Capetown, South Africa:

"I came here because of my deep interest and affection for a land settled by the Dutch in the mid-seventeenth century, then taken over by the British, and at last independent; a land in which the native inhabitants were at first subdued, but relations with whom remain a problem to this day; a land which defined itself on a hostile frontier; a land which has tamed rich natural resources through the energetic application of modern technology; a land which once imported slaves, and now must struggle to wipe out the last traces of that former bondage. I refer, of course, to the United States of America."
Day of Affirmation Address, Robert F. Kennedy, University of Capetown, Capetown, South Africa, June 6, 1966 (there's an audio file if you have Real Player)

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