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SACRAMENTO: SCREW YOU ARIZONA

Posted by Andrew Roman on June 17, 2010

It was done, they said, to take a much-needed stand against racism.

But they are the ones who will be doing harm to “people of color” working legally in Arizona.

It was done, they said, to protest racial profiling.

But they are the ones who view the immigration debate as a racial issue, not a legal one.

It was done, they said, because they are on the right side of history.

But they are the ones who spit in the face of this country’s long tradition of legal immigration from all corners of the globe.

They care about people – except citizens and legal aliens.

They care about families – except those that will be directly affected by any and all Arizona boycotts (including countless Hispanics).

And who exactly are “they”?

While one can certainly insert any number of open-border leftist groups into that slot, today’s the spotlight shines on the Sacramento, California City Council. Two nights ago, they made it their business to tackle an issue so pressing and so relevant to the citizens of California’s capitol city that Councilman Rob Fong, when asked why the group would deal with this matter as they did, said, “How can we not?”

Sacramento is placing economic sanctions on the State of Arizona.

From the Sacramento Bee:

The sanctions passed by a 6-1 council vote are on par with the broadest actions passed by other California cities, including Los Angeles, San Francisco and Oakland.

They include forbidding city workers from attending conferences in Arizona on the city’s dime, boycotting companies based in Arizona “where practicable and where there is no significant additional cost to the city” and potentially canceling current contracts with firms from Arizona.

Because there is nothing more responsible than officially endorsing unlawfulness – not to mention imposing sanctions on fellow, law-abiding Americans of a different state.

Opponents of the boycott said the City Council should not have weighed in on the actions of another state and urged the council to concentrate on other issues, including the city budget.

But supporters of the boycott far outnumbered opponents at the council meeting, with many describing the discussion as a civil rights issue.

“This is about Sacramento. This is about every state in our nation,” said Melinda Guzman, a local attorney. “This is not just about Arizona.”

Correct.

And an overwhelming majority of all Americans from every state in our nation support Arizona’s illegal immigration law.

It’s astonishing how leftists believe they can pick and choose the laws they wish to obey.

If, for instance, there are signed and sealed business contracts between parties in Arizona and Sacramento, then what? Is it suddenly okay to breach those commitments because a group of misguided, ill-informed, dim-witted, leftist crusaders want to throw their support behind unlawful behavior? Is it now acceptable to renege on contractual agreements in the name of solidarity with those who are violating American immigration laws?

And if these broken contracts wind up in litigation, who foots the expense?

Three syllables: taxpayer.

Unfortunately, as is the wont of the left, no one ever bothers to ask, “What happens next?” Thomas Sowell calls it a lack of Stage Two thinking.

And if people can choose which laws they will or will not honor – in this case, at the expense of sovereignty and security – where does it end?

Are we a nation of laws or not?.
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WE ARE ALL ARIZONIANS … OR WE SHOULD BE

Posted by Andrew Roman on May 28, 2010

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.

From AZCentral.com:

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.”

“Harass?”

Nice.

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.

So what?

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.

Big deal. 

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.

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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.

Thanks, Proof!

Now get to Arizona!

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ARIZONA SENATORS: SAY YOU’RE SORRY

Posted by Andrew Roman on May 18, 2010

Michael Posner, Assistant Secretary of State

Is it possible to disagree with a liberal and not be branded a Nazi? Or a fascist? Or be compared to a murderous dictator? Or be called a racist? Or labeled a homophobe?

In a liberal’s world, how does a non-bigoted, non-hateful, non-totalitarian conservative dissenter sound or look? Is there even such a thing? How does one who believes in a strong national defense, limited government and the rule of law go about his or her job without being compared to an oppressive Communist regime by a high-ranking Obamacrat?

It is the last fortress for lefties who have no substance. It is the reflex of libs who cannot hold their own in the arena of ideas. It is the primal instinct of Obamacrats who can only respond to coherence and reason by launching personal attacks and making farcical comparisons to oppressive governments in the hope of tugging on people’s emotions.

It is how Dems play the game.

Assistant Secretary of State, Michael Posner is getting some much deserved heat from Arizona’s two Senators, John McCain and Jon Kyl. They are asking – nay, demanding – that Posner apologize for comparing Arizona’s new illegal alien law to the human rights record of Communist China.

From Yahoo News:

A top US diplomat who reportedly compared a tough new immigration law in Arizona to China’s rights record must retract his “offensive” remark and apologize, the state’s two US senators demanded Tuesday.

Republican Senators Jon Kyl and John McCain accused Assistant Secretary of State Michael Posner of implying that the Arizona measure “is morally equivalent to China’s persistent pattern of abuse and repression of its people.”

The letter from McCain and Kyl, obtained by AFP, cited a media report that Posner had called Arizona’s controversial immigration measure part of “a troubling trend in our society” during recent US-China human rights talks.

“As assistant secretary of state in charge of the bureau of democracy and human rights, your remarks are particularly offensive. We demand you retract your statement and issue an apology,” the lawmakers wrote.

Kyl and McCain pointed to the US State Department’s annual human rights report, which sharply criticized what it described as China’s rampant rights abuses and warned Beijing’s record was worsening.

“To compare in any way the lawful and democratic act of the government of the state of Arizona with the arbitrary abuses of the unelected Chinese Communist Party is inappropriate and offensive,” they wrote.

“There is no place for moral equivalency and human rights policy. The United States is the world’s leader in defending the rights of all people. Someone in your position should be proud to proclaim that,” they said.

Perhaps Posner can call an emergency meeting with officials from Libya and Angola – two well-known human rights violating nations recently admitted to the new United Nations Human Rights Council – to discuss the shamefulness and contemptibility of the new Arizona immigration law, and ask for some much-needed advice.

In effect, Posner issued what amounted to an apology to Communist China because of Arizona’s decision to actually uphold the law of the land. And by his own admission, he brought up the new Arizona law “early and often” to demonstrate to the ChiComs (like a good, capitulating little invertibrate) that we, too, have our issues of discrimination to deal with, and that we must do better – because asking people to prove their legality in this country is exactly like harvesting organs, throwing dissenters in modern-day gulags and executing innocents at will. Yes, Posner sat face-to-face with the Red Chinese – one of the most forbidding and suppressive regimes on planet earth – and denounced the evil that is Arizona’s illegal alien law.

But that’s okay.

One man’s freedom is another man’s oppression, right?

What do we expect from an administration who use the words “Rush Limbaugh” more than they do “terrorism” and “radical Islam”?wordpress statistics

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