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    Rahm Emanuel to Fast for 24 Hours in Support of Immigration Reform

    Ted Cox
    By Ted Cox on December 12, 2013 9:56am | Updated on December 12, 2013 10:25am
    @tedcoxchicago

    CITY HALL — Mayor Rahm Emanuel plans to fast for 24 hours beginning later Thursday in support of the push for immigration reform, saying "we are sending a clear message to Congress that the time is now."

    Emanuel was in Washington, D.C., Thursday to join in a panel discussion on closing the so-called workforce skills gap and how to get training to those who need it.

    But he announced plans to return to Chicago to join in a 24-hour fast in support of those who've been fasting on the National Mall in the nation's capital since November. That group supports the Dream Act and other attempts at immigration reform.
    I'm not posting this because I give a rat's ass about Emanuel's views on illegal aliens. I'm posting this because it's such a perfect example of how American leaders (both political and religious/moral) have happily traded sacrifice, work, and real risk for the appearance of moral action.

    Gandhi's starvation pitch against British rule worked for two reasons:

    He was perfectly willing to die to make a moral point;

    The British were perfectly unwilling to force an Indian religious/political leader of Gandhi's stature to die.

    Contemporary "moral" leaders who skip meals, change vacations destinations, or boycott establishments they never patronize anyway are laughable, not laudable. Irish prisoners who starved to death protesting Thatcher's policies fundamentally changed the political environment of Ireland. Leftists who go on "hunger strikes" while consuming yummy smoothies make themselves and their ideas trivial.

    Going on a brief fast in a country where most of the population (rich or poor) are massively overfed is simply ridiculous.

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    "Alexa, slaughter the fatted calf."

  • #2
    Maybe he should concentrate on his own backyard.
    May we raise children who love the unloved things - the dandelion, the worm, the spiderlings.
    Children who sense the rose needs the thorn and run into rainswept days the same way they turn towards the sun...
    And when they're grown and someone has to speak for those who have no voice,
    may they draw upon that wilder bond, those days of tending tender things and be the one.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Michele View Post
      Maybe he should concentrate on his own backyard.
      I don't care what he concentrates on but he shouldn't engage in sham moral behaviors - no one should. If you feel strongly enough about an issue to kill yourself over it, then do that. Have the courage of your convictions.

      If the issue isn't worth dying over (and this one isn't), don't appropriate the last resort efforts of truly oppressed and convicted people.
      "Alexa, slaughter the fatted calf."

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      • #4
        Maybe we'll get lucky and he'll forget to start eating again.
        “Any sufficiently advanced capitalism is indistinguishable from rent seeking.” ~ =j

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        • #5
          Before I read Ginger's commentary I thought "24 hours of not eating...so what?"

          Yeah, stupidity.

          I've seen longer fasts for better reasons...like fitting into that killer dress for the reunion.
          Not where I breathe, but where I love, I live...
          Robert Southwell, S.J.

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          • #6
            Is a fast the same as a hunger strike? It seems more like the difference between participating (counter intuitive word choice ... that was cool) in Buy Nothing Day and going completely off the grid.

            Why equate the two?
            Colonel Vogel : What does the diary tell you that it doesn't tell us?

            Professor Henry Jones : It tells me, that goose-stepping morons like yourself should try *reading* books instead of *burning* them!

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            • #7
              Maybe some time in mid-afternoon they'll strap him down and insert a nasogastric tube for a force-feeding.
              Enjoy.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Billy Jingo View Post
                Is a fast the same as a hunger strike? It seems more like the difference between participating (counter intuitive word choice ... that was cool) in Buy Nothing Day and going completely off the grid.

                Why equate the two?
                All those people in the run for charity marathons are being disrespectful to the victims of death marches.
                Enjoy.

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                • #9
                  Has anyone checked to see if he has a colonoscopy scheduled? Another common reason for fasting.

                  Since Jews typically fast for atonement, I wonder for what sin does he think he's atoning?
                  It's been ten years since that lonely day I left you
                  In the morning rain, smoking gun in hand
                  Ten lonely years but how my heart, it still remembers
                  Pray for me, momma, I'm a gypsy now

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Adam View Post
                    Has anyone checked to see if he has a colonoscopy scheduled? Another common reason for fasting.

                    Since Jews typically fast for atonement, I wonder for what sin does he think he's atoning?
                    Sending people who have grown up here back to their "own" country when while they don't know a thing about it?

                    Breaking up families?

                    Oh right, it's okay to be anti-family if we're talking about illegal aliens.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Lanie View Post
                      Sending people who have grown up here back to their "own" country when while they don't know a thing about it?

                      Breaking up families?
                      Rahm Emmanuel did that? Really? Wow. He needs to atone for that in jail, then.

                      Originally posted by Lanie View Post
                      Oh right, it's okay to be anti-family if we're talking about illegal aliens.
                      Not this shit again.
                      It's been ten years since that lonely day I left you
                      In the morning rain, smoking gun in hand
                      Ten lonely years but how my heart, it still remembers
                      Pray for me, momma, I'm a gypsy now

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Adam View Post
                        Rahm Emmanuel did that? Really? Wow. He needs to atone for that in jail, then.
                        I could care less about Emmanuel. I care about this issue.

                        Originally posted by Adam View Post
                        Not this shit again.
                        I'm not saying anything that isn't true, Adam. Families are being broken up. People who came here "illegally" as a toddler are in danger of deportation.

                        I know. Your answer is that they shouldn't have came in the first place. Perhaps. But you know what? We're people born with silver spoons.

                        Seriously, we are. We don't have to fight for our freedom. It's won. The Republicans and Democrats are not threatening to murder us and our families for not picking their side. We can apply for a job and eventually find work. Even a lot of poor people here have more money than a lot of those people down in South America and Mexico will ever dream of. What right do we have to look down on them for doing what they had to do? And to compare their illegal activity of coming here to survive to that of a mugger or killer is beyond insulting and ridiculous.

                        Personally, I've always had a problem with rich people who are born with a silver spoon having the nerve to look down on poor people. I don't see how this is any better.

                        Not to mention you're living in a fantasy world if you think you can force millions of people to "go home."

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Lanie View Post
                          I could care less about Emmanuel. I care about this issue.



                          I'm not saying anything that isn't true, Adam. Families are being broken up. People who came here "illegally" as a toddler are in danger of deportation.

                          I know. Your answer is that they shouldn't have came in the first place. Perhaps. But you know what? We're people born with silver spoons.

                          Seriously, we are. We don't have to fight for our freedom. It's won. The Republicans and Democrats are not threatening to murder us and our families for not picking their side. We can apply for a job and eventually find work. Even a lot of poor people here have more money than a lot of those people down in South America and Mexico will ever dream of. What right do we have to look down on them for doing what they had to do? And to compare their illegal activity of coming here to survive to that of a mugger or killer is beyond insulting and ridiculous.

                          Personally, I've always had a problem with rich people who are born with a silver spoon having the nerve to look down on poor people. I don't see how this is any better.

                          Not to mention you're living in a fantasy world if you think you can force millions of people to "go home."
                          fuck it... lets convert several oil transports, send em to countries and barge millions in...
                          that's what should happen

                          The government of Mexico want's us to keep these illegals.
                          They don't have to deal with them, and a lot of them send US dollars into the Mexican economy.
                          We, the US, are the answer to their prayers.
                          Without the US harboring these millions, they would have to reform their entire society.
                          Robert Francis O'Rourke, Democrat, White guy, spent ~78 million to defeat, Ted Cruz, Republican immigrant Dark guy …
                          and lost …
                          But the Republicans are racist.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Gramps View Post
                            fuck it... lets convert several oil transports, send em to countries and barge millions in...
                            that's what should happen

                            The government of Mexico want's us to keep these illegals.
                            They don't have to deal with them, and a lot of them send US dollars into the Mexican economy.
                            We, the US, are the answer to their prayers.
                            Without the US harboring these millions, they would have to reform their entire society.
                            I have been thinking it's a good idea to annex Mexico and Canada for a long time. We already provide for their regional security, their currency is backed by ours, and we already spend our resources to care for many of their countrymen. We might as well benefit from all that.
                            "Faith is nothing but a firm assent of the mind : which, if it be regulated, as is our duty, cannot be afforded to anything but upon good reason, and so cannot be opposite to it."

                            -John Locke

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Billy Jingo View Post
                              Is a fast the same as a hunger strike? It seems more like the difference between participating (counter intuitive word choice ... that was cool) in Buy Nothing Day and going completely off the grid.

                              Why equate the two?
                              Because the group sponsoring this effort is doing so. They are attempting to position a minor deprivation as a major moral choice. They're appropriating a well known strategy for political attention.

                              It's a stunt that has the superficial appearance of real commitment.
                              "Alexa, slaughter the fatted calf."

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