Minutemen Resume Border Patrol
Monday, April 03, 2006
(SNN Three Points) After a year of sitting on their couches, watching Fox News and congratulating themselves, members of the Minutemen Civil Defense Corps have resumed their constant vigil of border protection.
The Minutemen have been extremely effective. With only 200 men, they have gotten themselves more press than a half million Latinos marching on Los Angeles.
The group says it plans similar exercises along the border in California, New Mexico and Texas. Also, to prove that they are not racist, they will patrol along the Canadian border where the will face the wiley and dangerous Quebecois.
It could be easy to see the Minutemen as a bunch of middle aged men who have never grown up, reliving their pre-adolescent fantasies of playing war with side arms, walkie-talkies and binoculars. However, the Minutemen probably have more games of "show me your and I'll show you mine" than typical pre-adolescents.
In case anyone might mistake the minutemen as anything other than a political maneuver, their sendoff was attended by Don Goldwater, a Republican candidate for Arizona governor. Goldwater had a message for Bush. "Build us that wall - now!" Goldwater said, referring to a measure that would add 700 miles of fences along the border. To show his commitment to the Minutemen, when they left for the border, Goldwater buggered off.
Building a wall along the Mexican border would do two things. Firstly, the Minutemen would have something to beat their heads against, both raising their activity level, and intelligence. Secondly, building the fence would provide work for hundreds of Mexican workers.