Herman Cain, already infamous for wanting to build a “Great Wall” and an alligator-filled moat along our border with Mexico, now says he wants an electrified fence. He apparently wants to zap! any immigrants who survive the alligator-filled moat and succeed in climbing the Great Wall. It’s a good thing he wasn’t president during the 19th century’s great waves of immigrants!
ThinkProgress caught the former Godfather’s CEO saying this in Iowa this past summer:
I just got back from China. Ever heard of the Great Wall of China? It looks pretty sturdy. And that sucker is real high. I think we can build one if we want to! We have put a man on the moon, we can build a fence! Now, my fence might be part Great Wall and part electrical technology…It will be a twenty foot wall, barbed wire, electrified on the top, and on this side of the fence, I’ll have that moat that President Obama talked about. And I would put those alligators in that moat!
To show just how serious he was at the time (no, this was not a Saturday Night Live skit), Cain reiterated his stance for the New York Times Magazine:
You said of the Great Wall of China, “I think we could build one” as a solution to our immigration problems. Are you concerned that as many as three million Chinese died building it?
[Cain:] My point was, if they could build that wall centuries ago without bulldozers, we can secure the border today. It could be a combination of walls and high-tech equipment. Now, if accidents happen, that’s one thing. But I think we can improve upon that ratio of three million people dying.
Except for three million Mexican immigrants dying. As the New York Times reports, the alligator-filled moat came about by way of a observation made by President Obama:
Last summer, after President Obama remarked that some Republicans seemed to want a moat filled with alligators in addition to a fence, Mr. Cain responded by saying that he would indeed add an alligator-filled moat to his proposed fence, which would be topped with electrified barbed wire.
Gail Collins in an op-ed piece the other day had some fun with this idea:
I called an expert, Frank Mazzotti of the University of Florida, who said that the cost of keeping the alligators alive in that climate “would be astronomical.” If there turned out to be a spot along the border where the alligators were comfortable, Mazzotti said, they could escape, multiply and create “all sorts of economic problems.” Not to mention the danger to household pets.
Dead Mexicans, dead pets, dead alligators…I guess the national debt isn’t much compared to the joys of murdering people. We absolutely can afford to do that, Herman Cain is telling us.
But that was then. Now we come to Tennessee this fall. On the campaign trail, Cain took the opportunity to talk about his new idea – the big electric fence. It would run along the entire U.S./Mexican border and kill Mexicans dead more efficiently than a can of Raid kills bugs. He said also that he would use real troops with real bullets, presumably to shoot down those who survived their toasting, alligators and wall.
Apparently, talking about killing Mexicans is how Cain wants to take advantage of his surprise win in the Florida Straw Poll.
And yet somehow, it is Barack Obama who is Hitler, Stalin and every mass murdering dictator in history embodies in one detestable Democrat?
This is how Cain describes his fence:
“It’s going to be 20 feet high. It’s going to have barbed wire on the top. It’s going to be electrified. And there’s going to be a sign on the other side saying, ‘It will kill you — Warning.’” At an earlier rally, on the campus of Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville, Tenn., he added that the sign would be written “in English and in Spanish.”
“This nation has always been a nation with wide open doors,” Mr. Cain said at the second rally. “We want to make it easy for people to come through the front door. And we’re going to shut off the back door so you don’t have to sneak into America.”
That’s nice, and it’s the least he can do. Even Hitler was going to put up road signs for his new Slavic thralls when he conquered Russia so they didn’t get run over by his trucks. And Cain isn’t having any namby-pamby, bleeding-heart liberal protests about his inhumanity to man:
“It’s insensitive for them to be killing our citizens, killing our border agents,” he said. “That’s what’s insensitive. And that mess has to stop.”
So rather than arresting murder suspects, investigating the crime, and trying the case according to our hallowed legal precepts, Mr. Cain wants to engage in wholesale murder of anyone attempting to cross the border, even if they are innocent of any violent or drug-related crime.
As the Times reports,
Brent Wilkes, Vice Chair of the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda, said Mr. Cain’s remarks were reflective of increasingly harsh prescriptions for dealing with illegal immigration being offered by Republican presidential candidates.
“These folks who come across the border are at most committing a misdemeanor,” Mr. Wilkes said. “To suggest that they would be electrocuted or shot would be to treat them harsher than we treat murderers or rapists. It’s a real distortion of the rule of law.”
That’s about the size of it, I’m afraid. The Chinese emperors murdered untold numbers of their people to build the Great Wall. Herman Cain apparently wants to appeal to that level of infamy to “protect” America from a new, imagined wave of Huns and Mongols, building metaphorical pyramids of skulls like Tamerlane as monuments to his quest for personal power.
The problem for Herman Cain is, that’s not the American Way. You can almost hear the Founding Fathers flopping madly in their graves. It’s a shame they can’t rise from the dead and show Herman Cain what they think of his ideas.
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