Saturday, September 27, 2008

Actual Quote: “No One Did Drugs In 1967”

By Jennifer Abel

Jim Gilchrist, leader of the anti-illegal immigration Minuteman Project, was the dinnertime Keynote Speaker at the CT Liberty Forum held in Bristol, Connecticut on Saturday night.

Gilchrist’s speech described the threat he believes illegal immigrants (whom he calls “illegal aliens”) pose to America, claiming that by 2025 illegal immigrants will outnumber “citizen voters” and ultimately cause America to become “a second Russia” that breaks apart into separate nations based on ethnicity or religion. He later cited “print journalism” as one of the two “worst threat[s] from free speech,” and print journalists as being “worse than a corrupt drug-dealing cop, worse than a bribe-taking politician, worse than a pedophile teacher.”

He did, however, make an exception in the case of this reporter.


Gilchrist founded the Minuteman Project in 2004, after “years of frustrated efforts trying to get a neglectful U.S. government to simply enforce existing immigration laws,” as he says in his biography.

The group’s motto is “Operating within the law to support enforcement of the law,” specifically the law against illegal immigration to America. To this end, the group leads patrols along the Arizona/Mexican border. Detractors have accused Gilchrist and the Minutemen of racist intent, though Gilchrist makes a point of calling the group “multi-ethnic” and says he has no problem with immigrants who come here legally and assimilate into American society.

At the Liberty Forum, Gilchrist said “I see a threat to our native history, culture, language … as I speak right now, in my opinion, there are at least 30 million illegal aliens … in the United States.” Gilchrist said the statistic came from a 2004 Bear Stearns report (which actually gives the number as 20 million; he may have misspoke.)

Gilchrist dismissed claims that illegals are here to do farm work and other jobs not wanted by Americans. “They are not here to pick our strawberries. They are here to pick our pockets.” And he painted a bleak portrait of the future he foresees if illegal immigration is not stopped: Mexican drug cartels will make enough money to “buy our infrastructure,” American “heritage, culture and language” will be degraded, and the country will experience a Soviet-style breakup which Gilchrist says is beginning already.

The “Southwest will be the new Mexico,” Gilchrist said. “Detroit will be the new Islam.” There are already “foreign enclaves” in almost every American city, consisting of people who will not learn English and “will not pledge allegiance to the American flag.”

Despite this, Gilchrist said he does not expect America to descend into an 1860s-style Civil War, due to the differences between modern Americans and antebellum Southerners. Modern Americans have homes, televisions, plenty to eat and families they care about, thus making them unlikely to start a war.

By contrast, old Southerners (with the exception of wealthy plantation owners) had no such attachments. “They had nothing, they owned nothing, so why not go to war?”

Instead of Civil War Two, Gilchrist predicted a country becoming more like Mexico with, as he said, two percent of the population controlling 98 percent of the wealth. (There was no indication he meant this as an allusion to the recent $700 billion Wall Street bailout proposal.)

Gilchrist again mentioned his concern over immigrant drug smugglers and dealers, whom he blames for modern rates of illegal drug use in America. He mentioned his own high school days before the modern immigrant influx: he recalled hearing occasional talk of “reefers” but otherwise, “no one did drugs in high school … no one did drugs in 1967.”

With anywhere from one million to ten million arriving in America each year, Gilchrist said, “We have about 17 years before there are more illegal aliens occupying U.S. territory then there are citizen voters.” Upon reaching this demographic tipping point, Gilchrist predicts that illegals will demand and receive the right to vote, at which point they will enjoy “dual voting rights” in America and their home countries, and vote against America’s interests.

“Five million troops [enter America] per year,” Gilchrist said. “I use the word troops because this is an invasion, ladies and gentlemen … that’s more than the aggregate amount of [personnel in all branches of] the [American] military.”

After continuing in this vein for awhile, Gilchrist reiterated that he and the Minutemen “are not against immigrants. We do not hate immigrants … we will always need immigrants to continue as a flourishing, prosperous nation, but they have to be the immigrants we want.”

Gilchrist wants immigrants allowed in based on their work skills and “integrity and character.” Also, they “must be assimilated … a Mexican, a Vietnamese or an Islamic – they have to become American.”

Eventually Gilchrist segued into a discussion of other threats facing America. “There are limits today to how far you can go with your civil rights” granted by the Founding Fathers. The worst threat from* free speech comes from two sources: the education industry and print journalism.”

Gilchrist spoke mostly of the threat posed by the latter group. “I can’t think of many print journalists in the mainstream media I don’t despise … I think they have a God complex … they’re worse than a corrupt drug-dealing cop. Worse than a bribe-taking politician. Worse than pedophile teachers … they destroy your credibility.” That is why “I get most of my news from talk radio.”

This reporter sat at a table with other forum speakers and organizers, all of whom started laughing. One of them pointed to this reporter and called out “She’s a journalist!”, and Gilchrist replied “That’s different. She’s freelance.” (In the program directory, the reporter described herself as a “freelance journalist” because she thought it sounded better than “unemployed journalist who’d jump on a media job with both feet if anybody offered her one.”)

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*Note: A forum videographer made a recording of this speech; if it ever goes online I’ll link to it here. I will also watch it again to see if I somehow, some way, made a mistake whilst scribbling my notes during the speech, and wrote “from” when Gilchrist actually said “to.”

15 Comments:

Anonymous Thoreau said...

His endorsement may not be the most comfortable one to have, but your ability to get the confidence of even the oddest has led to some of your most interesting stories. So, congrats!

11:06 PM  
Blogger SpotWeld said...

“foreign enclaves” in almost every American city, consisting of people who will not learn English and “will not pledge allegiance to the American flag.”

When, in American History, has that ever not been true?

“I get most of my news from talk radio.”

Okay... that's a little scary.

11:10 PM  
Anonymous smartass sob said...

"No did drugs in 1967."

As one who was in high school in 1967 and would know, I want to assure everyone that this is most emphatically true. You all do believe that, don't you? Well don't you? (snicker)

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“I get most of my news from talk radio.”

Okay... that's a little scary.


No more scary than someone getting all his news from Television. I find both sources to be somewhat slanted in one direction or another and often inaccurate or incomplete.

12:48 AM  
Blogger dhex said...

mono sources of information tend to be monochromatic. i don't like talking to the kids who get all their info from the daily show, either.

and ultimately cause America to become “a second Russia”

um, i'm pretty sure the current batch of republicans and democrats aren't illegal aliens...his cart and horse may be misaligned here.

11:06 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

"Not worse than a pedophile teacher" is definitely going on my resume.

12:57 PM  
Blogger Marc said...

Hey, Jennifer Abel:

Your work was pointed out to me by my friend Alicia Watkins, whom I recruited to be a citizen columnist for the papers I edit in central Connecticut — The Herald, The Middletown Press and the paper I have learned was once your employer, The Bristol Press. Alicia started reading back when you were at the Hartford Advocate, and inspired me to link to your blogs.

I wish The Bristol Press had covered this event. As a fallback, if you're willing to let us print it, I would like to. I think our readers should see what's going on in their community.

E-mail me at mlevy@newbritainherald.com if you would consider discussing this.

Marc Levy

P.S. Alicia insists I tell you that she says "Hi."

1:39 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Email sent! I hope it doesn't get snagged in your spam filter.

2:41 PM  
Blogger Caveman Lawyer said...

Oh I do love how these liberty groups get hijacked by the wing-nuts. Any bit of good that may have come from this will be tossed out the window and Captain Wackjob of the We Hate Brown People Mob will be the one remembered.

Give up. Call the cockroaches, they're on in five.

6:31 AM  
Anonymous mds said...

claiming that by 2025 illegal immigrants will outnumber "citizen voters" and ultimately cause America to become "a second Russia" that breaks apart into separate nations based on ethnicity or religion.

Um... Woo-hoo?

two percent of the population controlling 98 percent of the wealth

And that two percent? Illegals!

or an Islamic

...? Don't leave us hanging, Mr. Gilchrist. An Islamic what? 'Cause only an ignorant bigoted fuckwit would use "Islamic" as a noun.

...Oh, right.

Oh I do love how these liberty groups get hijacked by the wing-nuts.

Well, to be fair, the eruption of derisive laughter from the rest of the panel mitigated the hijacking somewhat.

8:52 AM  
Anonymous A Moose said...

Email sent! I hope it doesn't get snagged in your spam filter.

::sniff:: Hey, does anyone else around here smell potential gainful employment?

As one who was in high school in 1967

I was not in high school in 1967, but I do have less hair than SASOB, at least at first appearance since he's wearing a hat ;> Further, unlike Jennifer, I was physically present on this earth in 1967, so I can speak with some measure of authority about the subject.

I'm thinking that it must be that nobody did drugs in '67, but started heavy about '72, and it was so heavy that it confused their thinking and the whole 60's free love hippy magic bus LSD thing is just the 1970's drug use creating false memories. The pictures were faked, you know, by the same studios that faked the moon landings. I think it was illegal aliens who brought the drugs across in the early 70's, come to think of it, at least that's what I saw on Fat Freddie about that time.

10:15 AM  
Blogger Caveman Lawyer said...

So mds you're saying he was picked as an unintentional comedian for the evening? Someone in charge said "hey, this guy is an idiot, he'll be hilarious!"

Somehow I'm doubting that.

I've seen it before, liberty groups get so desperate to grow they try to make inroads with other groups that SEEM to have something in common only to find that they have invited the High Lord of the Wing Nuts to their event.

We had a guy from some "Freethinker" group come talk at a meeting one time. I was embarrassed to be an Atheist after he got done with his hour long rant on the Catholic Church and how it controls the world through it's secret cabal of warrior priests or some such nonsense... We lost membership after letting that wacko rant at our meeting.

This "Minutemen" guy needed to be quietly taken out back and shot to improve the quality of the breeding stock of humanity, not given a platform for his not so thinly veiled bigotry.

5:37 AM  
Anonymous mds said...

So mds you're saying he was picked as an unintentional comedian for the evening? Someone in charge said "hey, this guy is an idiot, he'll be hilarious!"

Nope. I'm saying that not all guests or attendees at the forum were "hijacked" by Mr. Gilchrist's presence. These people aren't forming a political party; they were participating in a weekend conference.

However, when the goal is to promote greater attention to the more laudable topics, I would agree that it makes the laudable content easier to dismiss when it is paired with groups like Shoot the Spics and the Connecticut Fag-haters. Especially since both represent authoritarian appeals to tradition, rather than any rational definition of liberty.

I was just taking minor comfort in the thought that Gilchrist was not universally applauded for his deranged eliminationism. Setting the bar low, I know.

6:49 AM  
Blogger Caveman Lawyer said...

Yeah, setting the bar somewhere around ankle level... What idiot set the agenda and picked out the speakers?

5:10 PM  
Anonymous mds said...

What idiot set the agenda and picked out the speakers?

Idiotman McStupidperson, Esq., chair of the Connecticut chapter of Death to Gay Hispanic Islamics Who Want to Raise Your Taxes. Fortunately, he was drunk part of the time.

5:55 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Um ... actually, it was some friends/friendly acquaintances of mine.

6:05 PM  

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