We are all familiar with the tactic of naming people, both individually and as groups, with some impersonal term so that we do not have to look at them as the people they are, which makes it easier to speak ill of them..
Gays become “abominations”; people coming to this country to escape oppression and possible death become “illegals”; and, although they will fight for the right of a fetus, having Right to Life people call babies born of these people “anchors”, removes their humanity so you can turn your right to life backs on them and that which is necessary to keep them healthy and alive.
We don’t have to deal with humans that way, but can fight against illegal anchors, some of whom could be abominations.
When Donald Trump descended the golden escalator in his building with most people writing it all off as performance art by someone who would be laughed off the stage, few realized he was about to speak to certain people’s fears in the crass terms they wanted to hear someone articulate out loud, especially someone with prestige and money.
It validated themselves with themselves.
Now Republican candidates are doing their best imitation of him and adopting his terminology hoping to get the necessary fringe vote.
Scott Walker was on the “14th Amendment Birth Right” page as was Jeb Bush until he found himself in an awkward position, something about his wife not becoming a citizen until after she started having kids, and now claims he has really been talking about Asians all along.
This is one example of the “anchor baby” concept for those who are not familiar with it.
Raj, the daughter of a bank manager, first came to the United States on a scholarship to study for her doctorate in nuclear physics at Louisiana State University. She was here on a student visa and was three months pregnant. She had been promised a month’s maternity leave even though she was not covered by the university’s health plan since her pregnancy was a pre-existing condition.
Her child, Riyush, was born on June 10, 1971, six months after her arrival.
He was a citizen, so regardless of any future actions like quitting school, or not fulfilling the requirements of her scholarship, Raj could stay to raise her American child.
Her husband, Amar, came to the United State because of the child, giving up his position of assistant professor of engineering at Punjab University in Chandigarh, the new capital city of their home state.
So the mother came to this country as a student on a student visa, and the father was then able to join her because of their American born son and the convenience of the maternity leave.
At the age of four, the child decided he wanted to be known as Bobby because of Bobby on the Brady Bunch.
And thus Bobby Jindal came to be.
Bobby Jindal seems to believe that he can throw out terms, speak to the bigotry of some voters without anyone noticing what a contradiction he is and how, in the case of “anchor babies” and those who bear them, that he is denigrating his own mother, and calling into question the convenient timing of her coming to school in Louisiana when she did.
According to Bobby Jindal’s beliefs, a person is a person at the moment of conception which would mean that Bobby Jindal is an Indian from the sub-continent of India, and not really an American citizen.
He was a person there.
Jindal emphasized this when he said on FOX that the Left just will not use the word “baby” but, instead, uses other terms when speaking of the unborn:
“What I find offensive is Hillary Clinton — the left. When you look at those Planned Parenthood videos, they refuse to call them ‘babies,’ they call them ‘fetal tissue,’ they call them ‘specimens.’ What’s really offensive is the left refuses to say ‘babies.’ Instead they say ‘fetal tissue,’ ‘specimens,’ they are a bunch of science deniers.”
So Jindal was a full-fledged baby when his mother got here, and had been a person for the previous three months.
Of course, this was all a non-issue before the new Republican “concern” for “anchor babies”, at least those born of those evil illegal immigrants who have to get through Central America and across deserts to be able to conveniently have their babies here as opposed doing it the inconvenient student visa way.