This may actually be the best thing to happen to Arizona since the passage of the illegal immigration law. This may be the thing that allures folks to come to the Grand Canyon State on vacation or convinces those still looking for a place to host their convention to go there.
Let’s hope so.
To fracturedly quote a well-known phrase: ‘Ich bin ein Arizonian.’
The muster of numbskulls, dimwits, half-wits and pampered millionaires who say they will be boycotting Arizona because of the state’s new illegal alien law is growing.
Not that any of these blockheads – who have profited beyond their wildest dreams in the land of liberty – know what is in the Arizona law.
Not that these knee-jerk twits actually comprehend what it is they’re supposedly taking a stand against.
Not that these sanctimonious savants of social-consciousness – lunkheads – even have a palpable clue what is in the Constitution of the United States (although they can quote, at will, the “Separation of Church and State” clause, and the government-granted “right” to “general welfare.”)
Now that a host of “artists” have decided to boycott Arizona – including rapper Kanye West and film maker Michael Moore – things are definitely looking up. In fact, Michael Moore’s promised truency from the state immediately ensures that there will be more food available for the metropolitan areas of Tulsa and Flagstaff.
Let the good times roll.
Zack de la Rocha has issued a statement on behalf of an organization called the Sound Strike urging music fans and fellow artists to boycott Arizona “to stop SB 1070,” which he labels an “odious” law.
Among those artists joining de la Rocha’s boycott are Conor Oberst, Kanye West, Rage Against the Machine, Rise Against, Cypress Hill, Serj Tankian, Joe Satriani, Sonic Youth, Tenacious D, Street Sweeper Social Club and Michael Moore.
In de la Rocha’s words, the new law “sanctions racial profiling, straight up,” forcing “cops to hunt down and target anyone they ‘reasonably suspect’ that may be undocumented. And if the people they harass don’t have proof that they were born in the U.S., they can be detained and arrested.”
This is an honest question, not meant to incite anyone, but for the purposes of clarification: Were all of these people born flaming idiots, or was it something that was cultivated over the course of time? Do leftists actually go out of their way to portray themselves as complete dunderheads or are they truly oblivious to the things they say?
What in the name of free enterprise is this dullard talking about?
There is nothing – absolutely nothing - in the law that statess, suggests, implies or hints that police are going to be forced to hunt down anyone.
Is he serious?
Make note of Mr. de la Rocha’s choice of words: “And if the people they harass don’t have proof that they were born in the U.S., they can be detained and arrested.”
There is such wisdom on the left, isn’t there?
To begin with, being “born in the U.S.” is not the only prerequisite to being in this country legally. There are such things as legal aliens.
Second, the law clearly – unambiguously – states that people who are stopped or questioned in lawful ways (e.g., a traffic stop) can also be asked about their legal status if there is a reasonable suspicion that they could be here illegally.
I’m still waiting for an intelligible answer to the question: How exactly is that racist?
The real beef these whack jobs have is that illegal immigration laws are finally being enforced.
How dare Arizona apply laws already on the books.
And if I may get a little personal for a moment: In the spirit of full disclosure, I’ve been told I look a little Hispanic (if I may “profile” myself), and if a law enforcement official – or any proper authority, for that matter - wishes to see my identification, so be it. What do I care? I have nothing to hide.
The fact is, society is filled with measures that are in place to protect citizens while still preserving individual rights. For instance, my bags are checked before I enter Citi Field to see the Mets play. I’ve also had my knapsack checked several times before going on the Staten Island ferry. My pockets are emptied each time I go through an airport secutity checkpoint. My drivers license is produced every time I go to the post office to retrieve a package.
And so on.
I’ve been asked to prove that I live in my neighborhood when the street has been blocked due to a traffic accident or police investigation. I’ve been pulled over for traffic violations and have, undoubtedly, been “checked out” by the police.
He goes on to note that “Some of us grew up dealing with racial profiling, but this law (SB 1070) takes it to a whole new low. If other states follow the direction of the Arizona government, we could be headed towards a pre-civil rights era reality.
Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. Disgustingly wrong. Embarrassingly wrong. Profoundly wrong.
Since when is producing identification akin to Jim Crow?
Being asked for ID, or proper paperwork, is not an infringement of anyone’s civil rights. There isn’t a device in existence capable of measuring how asinine such an assertion is.
This is about illegal aliens – not citizens or legal aliens.
This is about following the rule of law in exercising this nation’s sovereign authority to properly and legally identify those who are not authorized to be here, regardless of their skin color or ethnicity.
This is about protecting American citizens and legal aliens, regardless of their skin color or ethnicity.
This unjust law was set into motion by the same Arizona government that refused to acknowledge Martin Luther King Jr. day as a national holiday. When Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat, they arrested her. As a result, people got together and said we are not going to ride the bus until they change the law. It was this courageous action that sparked the Montgomery bus boycott. What if we got together, signed a collective letter saying, ‘We’re not going to ride the bus?’ “
The Arizona law, by definition, is absolutely just. The only distinction it makes is between legal and illegal.
What is unjust, however, is that illegal aliens are coddled by this country and given places to go where they can’t be punished for breaking the law. What is unjust is that the welfare of illegal aliens - along with winning the favor of the Hispanic voting block - is more of a priority for Obamacrats than protecting America’s own citizens. What is unjust is that the rule of law followed by those who went through the process of being here legally means nothing to those who demand “comprehensive immigration reform” and call those of us who support the sovereignty of this nation racists.
There is no rational or intellectually sound comparison to made between the struggles of black American citizens who were denied basic rights due to Jim Crow and people who are in this country illegally.
The website includes a petition urging President Barack Obama to take action.
“Arizona’s new law is an assault on the US Constitution and an affront to the civil rights that were earned by generations who came before us,” the petition reads. “When states disregard the Constitution, when they sanction mistreatment of communities, it is the imperative of the Executive Branch to take the lead in defending the U.S. Constitution.”
Again, how is the Arizona law an assault on civil rights? What is being denied? Whose liberties are being trampled upon? The only ones extricating liberties from the citizenry are the Obamacrats in charge. (Let me count the ways).
What is imperative is that the President of the United States do what the Constitution charges him to do – preserve, protect and defend this nation.
The only assault on the Constitution is coming from the left.
Update: May 29, 2010 – 9:40 AM
Proof, from the great Proof Positive blog, correctly points out that the proper way to express “We are Arizonians” in German would be:
Wir sind Arizonians.
Indeed, as Proof indicated, I had the choice of choosing the largely unfamiliar “Wir sind Arizonians“ or a play on the iconic (and grammatically challenged) JFK line, “Ich bin ein Arizonian.”
I opted for the latter.
Now get to Arizona!