If you didn’t attend the Rumble at the ranch in Crawford, Tex., on May 6, here’s what you missed: rain and lighting storms, hot dogs and soft drinks, and a lot of passionate talk about what it means to be an American.
The passion, in fact, flowed even more than the rain, which came down in virtual sheets. The weather may have held the attendance down to something just short of six hundred, but it never dampened the spirits of those who were bound and determined to send a message to President Bush.
The first thing you should understand about the Rumble is that it was NOT about legal immigration. The very word carries with it the implication of a person going through the procedures of paperwork and waiting in line — and then, transferring his or her loyalties from a former country to a new country. Many of the protesters at the Rumble were themselves immigrants.
The second thing you should know is that many of those who showed up were former supporters of George W. Bush. There were large contingents of folks from Central Texas, Dallas and Houston who had voted for Mr. Bush both for governor of Texas and for president.
Reporters kept asking, “Is there a racist element to this?” Well, no.
The main organizer of the Rumble, a gentleman from Modesto, Calif., named Frank Jorge, is himself a Cuban immigrant who came to the United States legally and learned English. The sponsoring organization was Latino Americans for Immigration reform (LAIR), and many of the speakers were either Latino or black.
Lupe Moreno and her sister Angie Morfin, both of LAIR, spoke eloquently about the issue of illegal aliens crossing the border and the government’s lack of enforcement. Tears flowed from Angie’s eyes as she talked about her 13-year-old son who was murdered by an illegal alien.
Terry Anderson, a talk show host from Los Angeles, who happens to be black, electrified the crowd with stories of chickens and goats owned by illegals in his LA neighborhood. Anderson drew shouts and applause when he looked at the media in attendance and said, “If you write your stories and say we are anti-immigration, you’re lying bas—-s.”
And, yes, there were calls for the impeachment of President Bush.
People who have supported a politician because they thought he stood for something, and who have knocked on doors for him, and who have gone to the polls for him, tend to get a bit riled when that politician goes off the range. On immigration, President Bush is WAY off the range.
That’s what the Rumble was all about. Speaker after speaker talked about the Rule of Law and how so-called “undocumented immigrants” are really gatecrashers who are in our country illegally. They talked about the adverse effects that such a wave of illegal people who fail to assimilate is having on our nation. Mostly, they talked about President Bush’s refusal to enforce the law as called for in the Constitution.
It was all perfectly peaceful, even though the radicals over at the Crawford Peace House managed to worm their way into news stories. They complained about the “anti-immigration” rally and said the Rumble was flying in the face of America’s mission statement of diversity and multiculturalism.
Not exactly. The Rumble was celebrating America’s true mission statement — E Pluribus Unum, out of many, one — and we were exercising our rights under the Constitution to assemble and to tell our government when we think it’s wrong.
The Rumble was a multi-ethnic and uplifting celebration of what being an American is all about.