Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Would Corporates Use Paleos? You Betcha!

I’ve been thinking a good bit on the immigration issue yet I’m still deciding how I’d solve. I even watched a portion of the hearing on immigration legislation in the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday. I received a forwarded email with the following writing of Hugh McInnish of Huntsville Alabama that has shown me the nastiness of winger “thinking” on the issue. I think it might help illustrate the level of the far right’s influence here in Alabama, one of reddest of the Red States. My brief efforts to gather background make me wonder just how linked are so many of the participants, both minor and major. This group appears to me as serious ultra-conservatives. Maybe they are paleo-conservatives? However they should be labeled, I’m more than a little uncomfortable at their extensive reach into Alabama. I’ll offer commentary after the material is presented as I obtained it.

The McInnish Newsletter
Commentary on Alabama Politics from a Conservative Viewpoint
America in the Balance
ByHugh McInnish

I am hopeful that the outpouring into the streets of an estimated 500,000 illegal Mexican aliens this past weekend will do the opposite of what the outlaws expect. I hope that millions of legal Americans, native-born and naturalized, will see in these dynamic videos that we have seen just how far the absurdity of our immigration policies have gone. If seeing those Mexican flag-waving hordes doesn’t bring our “leaders” to their senses (ordinary Americans have been in possession of their senses all along.) it will be difficult to hold back the despair.
Below is a fax I have sent to out (sic) friend Senator Jeff Sessions. He is on the pivotal Judiciary Committee and has a good record in respect to illegal immigration. Still, he needs to know that we are behind him.
Below is a fax I fired off to him today. I hope that you will do the same thing. Please fax or call. You can call one of Sessions’ state offices, or call Washington. Go to his web site and you will see all the numbers.
It’s time for patriotic ardor!

March 27, 2006
Senator Jeff Sessions
Washington, DCFAX (202) 224-3149

Dear Jeff,
I am appalled at the images we have seen this weekend of the illegal Mexican hoards marching in Los Angeles and elsewhere. Incredibly they are demanding that the Government excuse criminal behavior. I suspect, and I fervently hope, that everyone will see this outrage for what it is, and that, contrary to the expectation of the organizers of these gangs, it will stiffen the resolve of those arguing for sanity. I pray that this will be our long-needed fire bell in the night.
I thank you for your votes against the illegal lobby, and I ask you to please fight against any bill that has so much as a hint of an amnesty provision in it.
I think it not an exaggeration to say that the fate of the country hangs in the balance. More, much more, is at issue here than wages, employment, the purported need for chicken-pluckers, and even short-term humanitarianism. I say it bluntly: cultures are not equal. The Mexican culture is as apart from our culture as the night is from the day. Any who would argue otherwise would only expose himself as a fool. To allow millions of these miscreants to remain here would move our culture toward theirs, and would ultimately produce the tragedy of bilingualism.
And from there? Language is the great unifier of a nation, and if we have two languages we may expect to dissolve into two nations. Any who might doubt this should count the Mexican flags being waved by the demonstrators as they marched this weekend. I will stop there, but it’s not hard to imagine that the chain reaction would continue. And if our American culture should ever go, certainly Western Civilization will go with it.
Thanks for the work you are doing, and all the best,


I’ve scratched around a bit and here is what I have been able to find out regarding Hugh McInnish. He is involved with SuppressedNews.com and his bio from that site reads as follows:

HUGH MCINNISH WAS BORN IN 1934 in Union Springs, Alabama (pop circa 3,500 in 1930, 1960, and now) and grew up there. He has a Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Alabama and a Master's degree in Mathematics from the University of Alabama in Huntsville.

He has lived in the Huntsville area since 1964, where he worked for the Army in the Star Wars and other defense programs. He retired in 1993.

Hugh is a lifelong and strongly committed conservative. He has twice been a candidate for Congress, coming within 23 votes of winning the Republican nomination on one of those occasions. Together with three colleagues he is now opening this conservative web site, named SuppressedNews.com, with the motto "We publish what others suppress."

For a number of years Hugh wrote a weekly column for the old Huntsville News, and from one of the stories that he pursued came the book which he wrote, An American in Exile. Written under Hugh's pen name of Thomas Franklin, it is the tale of Arthur Rudolph, the former NASA scientist who was stripped of his citizenship and banished from the country for war crimes allegedly committed during the war.

Hugh's wife Martha is a graduate of Judson College, and is a teacher and school counselor. Together they have four children and three grandchildren.

The Southern Poverty Law Center’s Susy Buchanan gives us some insight into Hugh McInnish, and apparently a goodly section of Alabama, with her Sweet Home Alabama: Frightened right-wingers gather to keep the 'Cradle of the Confederacy' safe from leprosy, pedophiles, Spanish and rampant godlessness. With an apology toward Georgia’s D.A. King, McInnish has written at VDARE. D.A. King is identified with the Nativist Movement and VDARE has been tapped by the SPLC as a “hate group”. Peter Brimelow started the Center for American Unity in 1999 and a portion of that effort created VDARE.

Returning to McInnish, he has served on the Alabama Course of Study Committee for Social Studies where he was thankfully in the minority and somewhat frustrated based on his writings appearing on SuppressedNews.com. McInnish would likely be supportive of Russ and Dee Fine, Birmingham talk radio personalities, and their Voice of Alabama efforts. McInnish has a website entitled CurbAEA where he rails against the evils of taxes, The Alabama Education Association and … yet begins presently with his wife ruminating over Thanksgiving. How touching!

Explaining the title of this post, I found it interesting that Gary Palmer of The Alabama Policy Institute, a conservative “think tank” affiliated with The Heritage Foundation and the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), is also published on, and is perhaps involved with, SuppressedNews.com.
Organization like The Progressive Legislative Action Network (PLAN) have noted the rise of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). People for the American Way and Mother Jones and Source Watch and … have given us insights into ALEC. There’s even an ALEC Watch site! This organization is clearly corporate funded and yet their operative in Alabama works with the paleo-conservatives where he can perhaps inflame that arm of the right. Surely the immigration issue is one where corporate America might think very differently than do the Nativist.
Strange bedfellows! It seems to be more common among real partisans. I generally think most Progressives simply share policy and leave the ideas to be considered. Maybe that is why our ideas so seldom make it into actual legislation these days. I'd still want to avoid the gaming and posturing that has allowed the Right to gain such a hold on our Nation. I can however hope to expose the Right's misguided ideas and often nasty tactics. Peace ... or War!