Right Wing along the Rio Grande / Zed Nelson
Travelling through a landscape that reflects the deep-seated divides currently underpinning the nation’s political landscape, by the time the water empties into the Gulf of Mexico, it is polluted, depleted and muddied, like the region’s politics.
These are volatile times in US politics. An expression of this is the anti-tax, anti-government Tea Party movement. Reckless, anarchic and strident, it is galvanizing support around the country; at the same time, fear and rage seem to be driving out the facts. Supporters of the ‘Birther movement’ claim Obama was not born in the US. People describe him as a radical Muslim. An enemy.
Anti-immigration sentiment along the US border with Mexico is also increasing. Speaking at a Tea Party tour in Arizona, one delegate recently spelled out his plan for dealing with illegal immigration: “Put a fence in and start shooting.” In Texas, close to where the Rio Grande ends it journey, the McAllen Tea Party warns that “revolution is brewing in the Rio Grande Valley”.