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No, Pat Mooney, Immigrants Aren’t Cattle

| April 29, 2016

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Just like Pat Mooney likes his foreigners. (Markku Åkerfelt)

So far six Republicans and five Democrats are running to fill the congressional seat Ron DeSantis never really filled: as absentee congressmen go you can’t do much worse than DeSantis, who’s been too busy competing with his wife for television airtime to worry about his district, which includes all of Flagler County.


I miss the days of John Mica. On paper he isn’t ideologically that different from DeSantis, who’s more reactionary than Republican. But Mica is all about constituent services, where ideology becomes irrelevant. Primarily a showboat, DeSantis doesn’t like to work that hard. He’s doing us a favor by resigning to run for the Senate seat of Marco Rubio, that other professional absentee. But that’s opening the way for the second mauling of congressmen wannabes in four years.

They’re all men, some of them quite serious and with impressive backgrounds, some of them not so much, like Democrat Richard Dembinsky, a serial runner who’s tried for Congress and State Senate before, and who introduces himself to voters with this opening gem on his web page: “I initially was going to apologize for voting for President Obama but after a difficult day doing irrigation piping work that required a grubbing hoe to remove a sprinkler head and the pvc fitting I have determined I am stupid or extremely unlucky!”

pierre tristamDembinsky is good for a laugh but he isn’t a serious candidate. Ormond Beach Republican Pat Mooney is: he took in the most cash among the 10 in the last quarter. So the baloney he spews has to be taken seriously.

At an April meeting of the Volusia County Republican Executive Committee, Mooney in the space of 54 seconds managed to compare all Syrians to terrorists and all tourists and immigrants to cattle, and, after assuring his audience that immigrants have no right to privacy, called for all visitors to the country to be chipped, tracked, and of course thrown out the moment they overstay their visa.

The comments were recorded by the News-Journal’s Mark Harper, prompting Mooney to call it “gotcha politics at its worst.” No, Mr. Mooney, that’s not gotcha anything considering that Harper gave you the chance to take back the micro-chip comments. You didn’t. You repeated it: “I was merely making the point we need to secure a border and track who comes in and out.”

Nor were the comments Harper recorded taken out of context. They were part of a sustained if legally demented, factually challenged and unquestionably bigoted screed against foreigners in general and Arabs and south-of-the-border brown skins in particular. Clearly, Mooney has issues with non-Aryan stock. That’s no longer unusual among a certain breed of Republicans who pledge allegiance to Trump and think civil or human rights theirs to dispense like papal indulgences. Fortunately, they’re a minority, but a minority unhinged enough that it’ll the GOP by November, when Hillary Clinton will walk away with the largest electoral landslide since Reagan in 1984.

For all that certainty, letting slurs like Mooney’s pass as so much political rhetoric is not an option. He could still end up in Congress. He has every right to speak his mind (assuming I have my anatomical geography right). But he wasn’t speaking to his priest in a confessional. He was asking for votes. When bigotry—or carelessness or ignorance—is his currency, our apathy is his accomplice.

The screed in context is plainly ugly and worse than the snippets Harper reported: “I believe in proper, legal immigration. I do not believe in out-of-control illegal immigration. I do not believe we should have Syrians coming here, not because they’re Syrians. I don’t believe—I don’t want anybody coming here who might be a terrorist threat. I want my children to be safe. Freedom without safety means nothing. They have freedom in Libya. It’s not safe. Everybody is leaving Libya. They have freedom in Syria. The ISIS control [inaudible] but there is no freedom, it’s all chaos. I do not believe in organized chaos. I think you have to build the wall on the southern border. I think Donald Trump was 100 percent right on that. I think you have to look for the visa overstays. If we can find out where every cattle is in America because they all have a chip in ‘em, we can find out where every person visiting the United States is ‘cause we can do something with it. We have cards, we have chips. They’re not American citizens, they’re not afforded the same rights where they—we are, as citizens, so when they come here, we can track ‘em, we can make sure they leave. It’s easy to do.”

There’s no question this bull bears tracking.

Pierre Tristam is FlaglerLive’s editor. Reach him by email here or follow him @PierreTristam.

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12 Responses for “No, Pat Mooney, Immigrants Aren’t Cattle”

  1. Fredrick says:

    ” considering that Harper gave you the chance to take back the micro-chip comments. You didn’t. You repeated it: “I was merely making the point we need to secure a border and track who comes in and out.” ”

    Pierre, he did not repeat it. He explained his point and maybe I am wrong, but I think you and a majority of the liberal left might be intelligent enough to have understood the point before he explained it.
    Both sides of the aisle love to play “stupid” and play with words….. another reason Trump is being supported. People are tired of this parsing word BS and one thing you have to say about Donald and his new BFF Bobby Night, neither of them parse words. They say what they want and don’t give a crap what others think or how they play with the words.

  2. Mark says:

    So, you’re going to vote for the sleaze?

  3. William Moya says:

    I’m not too sure that the Aryan stock republicans are a small minority, who by the way have been joined by other groups, Irish, Italians and other who want to be supremacists.For them you have to talk and act like a “pure bred” american, a combination of the guy in the Duluth underwear commercial and the one in the National rental car add. But I want to raise the ante on Mooney’s proposal, how about issuing a citizens ID card by the federal government to all citizens, free of charge and mandatory, at the age of 18 renewable every 10 years, this could be used as a voter ID, thus avoiding all the regressive state voting laws whose sole purpose is to keep the male WASP minority as the preponderant tribe.

  4. Geezer says:

    I think that all people of non-Native American extraction should
    have a chip implanted in the USA and its territories.

  5. Bob Bovine says:

    Yep….just like cattle. Always moooo-ving from one Free Grass area to the next !

  6. Sherry says:

    Geezer. . . as usual, you are so Right On!

    Pat Mooney sounds like a horrific “white supremacist extraordinaire”. . . please, let’s make sure he never gets in office!

    Leaving wonderful Valencia and Ryan Airing it to Beauvais, France tomorrow . . . Buenos Noches!

  7. Rick G says:

    If you believe that immigration is this nation’s biggest problem then maybe you should spend more time in the library. Read about why refugees are leaving wherever they live. It may be enlightening.

  8. Dave says:

    Geezer , man so true.

  9. Jose Caniusi says:

    What ever happened to Epluribus Unum??

  10. Sherry says:

    Thank you William Moya and Rick G!

    Florida is currently a mostly “tourism” economy. Can you imagine what would happen to our tourist based businesses if we start trying to track every person who steps off a plane here? Are there any intelligent, electable people out there who can lead our federal and state governments in a reasonable, thoughtful and intelligent direction? If so, please step up. . . we need you!!!

  11. Oldseadog says:

    …..”Are there any intelligent, electable people out there who can lead our federal and state governments in a reasonable, thoughtful and intelligent direction? If so, please step up. . . we need you!!!”

    HEY————PLEASE do not omit our local government which is in such need of good leadership!

  12. Sherry says:

    Oldseadog you are so right. . . a really excellent point!

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