As part of my research for blogging, I've created "Google Alerts" for news and blog posts concerning a number of AZ political types, including State Rep. Russell Pearce (R-National Alliance).
The last Pearce update brought to my attention a post from "The Novice Bear," written by Paul Stiles, someone who focuses almost exclusively on economics and the stock market.
In December, he wrote a post criticizing Pearce's opinion of the economic effects of deporting illegal immigrants.
Well, Pearce actually responded to that particular post (color me jealous - he never responds to my posts about him :)) ) in an email to the author.
Apparently, the email is long and rather rambling, but the upshot of it was that Rep. Pearce blames all of AZ's economic woes on undocumented immigrants (ignoring little details like skyrocketing oil and gas prices, and plummeting home values).
The author quoted the email (it was too long to post). Here the quotes, from both the post and a comment on the post -
You should understand our "Sovereign" rights as a nation. The Rule of Law. The damage to America and Americans.26 AMERICANS DIE DAILY AT THE HANDS OF THESE "ILLEGALS" EVERY YEAR. 25 EVERYDAY, 12 BY STABBINGS AND SHOOTINGS AND 13 BY DUI AND OTHER RELATED CRIMES. APPARENTLY YOU AND OTHERS COULD CARE LESS ABOUT....AND OUR GOVERNMENT WILL SHED NOT ONE TEAR OVER THIS..THIS IS FROM A CONGRESSIONAL REPORT. (AZ Officers murdered, Officer Atkins, Officer Erfle, Officer Martin, Officer Eggle, and the list goes on!!!!$2 billion annually in Arizona to educate illegal alien children in K - 12.
"I want you to know how I reverence the Constitution; this sacred document given to us by God through the Founders that sought inspiration as they forged this inspired document."Mr. Stiles goes on to shred Pearce's basic contention about the effect of illegal immigration on violent crime, specifically murder rates (check out his graphs; they're eye-opening.)
The quoted sections of the email show Rep. Pearce to be not only a "one trick pony" in that nearly every fiber of his being is consumed by his obsession with immigrants, but that he is also a singularly unprofessional writer (hey, I'm not exactly the reincarnation of H.L. Mencken, but at least I don't overuse my CAPS LOCK button.)
To be fair, the quotes may be taken out of context, so I've asked Mr. Stiles to forward the email so as to post it in its entirety.
Somehow, though, I don't expect that will change anything. :)
Years ago, there was an anti-drunk driving ad campaign with the tagline "Friends Don't Let Friends Drive Drunk."
Pearce's friends should amend that to "Friends Don't Let Russell Email. Period."