I've heard this sort of argument before -- the old "Bush-bashing" canard -- and it strikes me as fundamentally nonsensical. Why would I be against Bush if he wasn't, to overgeneralize, doing a lot of harm to the country I love and betraying certain ideals we hold, such as democracy and the rule of law? Why else would I be against Bush? If it weren't for that, he's just a guy like any other.
Your MLK Day Way to Fiesta
I woke up today with this comment from Atrios, observing that we don't have an eating/partying tradition around this holiday. I was struck by a remedy. Last week, white supremacists associated with the Aryan Nations decided to picket two Mexican restaurants in Coeur d'Alene with signs which encouraged passerby's to "Honk if you want Idaho White.”.
The organizer, Shaun Winkler, is an odious little toadie well known to the Southern Poverty Law Center. He opted to join the ever popular Phelps family when they protested against teh gay last October in Coeur d'Alene.
Now I dunno why Winkler decided to target Messicans with his hate. Perhaps Winkler was encouraged from the open hostility shown Hispanics by one of the local Republican parties who objected to the word "Fiesta" used by the Bonner County Fair committee during the contentious debate surrounding Arizona's race baiting immigration reform attempt. Maybe it was the thinly veiled dog whistle race baiting ads in our last congressional election. Regardless, this fool now thinks he's on to a popular political movement apparently encouraged by what he sees in the media.
Clearly Winkler wanted to disrupt these businesses and drive the brown people away. And the best way to oppose assholes like Winkler and their hate is to deprive them of what they want. So I'm encouraging everyone to patronize both restaurants,Chiludo's (at 3000 Government Way) and Taco Works (at 5th & Best). Protest for equality and vote with your dollar. And for those not in the vicinity, choose the locally owned ethnic food of your taste. Sit at the counter.