Tuesday, July 27, 2010
SB 1070 proves all Arizona state legislators should be voted out of office.
Instead of representatives looking to illegally profit from their positions, the legislature is now filled with people with political acumens about as sharp as a church sermon on original sin. They are saying the intensity of the reaction to SB 1070 caught them off guard.
Republicans lead the bumbling way, but the Democrats are not far behind.
Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Phoenix, the assistant House minority leader, said recently that while she had hoped to defeat SB 1070, even the opponents of the bill didn't foresee the national argument it started. "I knew it would be bad, but no one thought it would be this big," she said. "No one."
You thought when your legislative body passed the most racist piece of legislation this country has seen in almost two generations, representing the biggest step backwards in race relations since the Japanese Exclusion Case ordered Japanese Americans into internment camps during World War II, and arguably the only blatantly racist legislation since the Civil Rights act of 1964 outlawed the last vestiges of segregation, that the rest of country would be focused on summer picnicking? You weren’t paying attention to the black civil rights movement in the 60’s? Or at least read about it? Jeez.
You thought when your legislative body placed a target on the back of every Hispanic in the state of Arizona, legal or otherwise, that the 2 millions Hispanics in the state would merely issue you their blubbering thanks?
Maybe it’s time to do a few less book signings, and a little more reading?
Yet that pales next to the idiocy that is the average Republican in explaining being blindsided by the furious reaction to SB 1070.
"The majority of us who voted yes on that bill, myself included, did not expect or encourage an outcry from the public," said state Rep. Michele Reagan, R-Scottsdale. "The majority of us just voted for it because we thought we could try to fix the problem. Nobody envisioned boycotts. Nobody anticipated the emotion, the prayer vigils. The attitude was: these are the laws, let's start following them."
You thought you could establish your own immigration enforcement agency like Sheriff Joe, who is likely about to get indicted by the federal government for his abuse of power, and establish as official state policy his “let’s round up the Hispanics” schtik calculated to politically pander to the worst traits in the ultra-conservative Arizona Republican that rules the state, and that the federal government would just look the other way?
You thought the state of Arizona enforcing federal law on its own was the same as the federal government enforcing the federal law? Because you missed eighth-grade civics class, you thought the rest of the country did also? Or because some kook law professor from Topeka with white-supremacist ties and a history of stirring up illegal immigrant litigation so he could score some attorney fees for himself told you the law “mirrors federal law”? In the words of John McEnroe, heretofore unquoted on politics, “You cannot be serious!”
State Rep. John KKKavanagh, R-Fountain Hills, who helped write part of SB 1070, said the federal government's chronic inability to deal with illegal immigration forced the Arizona legislature to pass the illegal law that is SB 1070. He cited national polls favoring the state's measure, saying the law's popularity suggests Washington is out of step with the rest of America.
"We'll do whatever is necessary to protect ourselves,"…"And based upon Washington's response to this law, more will be needed."
In other words, it’s okay because “everybody’s doing it.”
Dear John: you’ve been out in the sun too long. Check with your mother on the “everybody’s doing it” excuse. Come inside, start reading some history books, which will reflect that it is you who is out of step with American values, not the Obama administration. Good luck with the lawsuit thing. You’re going to need it.
Perhaps the genius of the year award goes to a legislator who didn’t even get to cast a vote in favor of SB 1070, US Congressman Rep. Jeff Flake, R-AZ, who has the most appropriate name for a character, fact or fiction, since Tom Thumb. A conservative Republican with a reputation for having a bit of a liberal streak when it comes to social issues, Flake wants to see SB 1070 go into effect so we can all see that it does not work??!!
And I suppose he also wanted to see hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans so we could all see the need to fix the levees?
NEVER in my wildest nightmare would I ever have envisioned that a group of Arizona politicians could enable me to view Sen. John Kyl, R-AZ, as a reasonable person. But it has come to that.
The only sensible thing I have heard from any Arizona politician without a horse in the race has come from Mary Rose Wilcox, a Democratic Maricopa County supervisor who is hoping US District Judge Susan Bolton will block SB 1070 from going into effect. "I have never felt the racism that you are feeling in Arizona today because of this bill."
To say "no one" saw this coming probably does not include intellectually-challenged Gov. Jan Brewer, arguably the smartest one of the whole Phoenix-based bunch. At least she could see would shoot up in the polls.
Alas, when the state finds out what the measure truly cost them, she’ll be discarded like yesterday’s bathwater.
It’s clear that these people should not be running a carnival, much less a state government.
TO ALL CITIZENS OF ARIZONA: We get the government deserve. VOTE. And vote them all out. Every single one of them. It’s time to start over.