I believe that this is known as “triangulation”:
The national anthem should be sung in English–not Spanish–President Bush declared Friday, amid growing restlessness over whether to grant legal status to immigrants who are in the United States illegally.
“One of the important things here is that we not lose our national soul,” the president exclaimed…
“I think people who want to be citizens of this country ought to learn English,” Bush said.
Disturbing, obviously. What’s even more disturbing is that this xenophobic trend has a counter-trend on the left, a vicious assault on multiculturalism by people like Michael Tomasky and Todd Gitlin who view minorities and the dispossessed as a whole as little more than “special interests”. Max Sawicky gets this exactly right. The difference between Democratic “special interests” and Republican “special interests” is that Republican “special interests” are multinationals, defense contractors, and oilmen, while Democratic “special interests” are the environment, women, blacks, immigrants, and the poor. In short, the Republicans represent those who already have a voice, and the Democrats represent those who don’t. If Tomasky and Gitlin are willing to deny those segments of society their legitimate representation in government, that says something very, very sad about the left.