The screams and howls emanating from the Left directed against the state of Arizona would be comical if this wasn’t such a serious issue. Yesterday we were treated to the eminent legal scholars Shakira and Linda Ronstadt instructing us all on the fine points of immigration law and the Constitution. My reaction was much the same as in previous years when the oh so scholarly Barbra Streisand would try to instruct all of us rubes on the Constitution and international law: Shut up and sing!!
Listening to many of the talking heads on TV expound on how this makes Arizona the new home of the 3rd Reich reminds me of one of Mark Twain’s best lines: Better to be quiet and thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt!
People who claim that this law marks the full flowering of racism and fascism are proving that they know very little about either.
In the first place, what part of the word illegal in illegal immigration do these people not understand? Those who have reason to fear being stopped in Arizona are in that position NOT because they are Hispanic, but because they chose to skip that bothersome process to come here legally and want to jump to the head of the line in front of many people from all over the world. Pity the poor suckers who actually stand in line, fill out all the paperwork, wait their turn to have their case processed… you know, all that stupid legal stuff!
Is this process complex? Yes. Should it probably be made easier? Yes. Does that excuse those who choose to ignore the law and come here illegally? No!
Secondly, what so many of the screamers and howlers either haven’t bothered to find out or conveniently ignore is that individuals in the US who are not citizens are already required to have “papers” on them and produce them whenever requested by a law enforcement officer.
As Mark Steyn points out in his column What Arizona Must Live With:
As I write, I have my papers on me — and not just because I’m in Arizona. I’m an immigrant, and it is a condition of my admission to this great land that I carry documentary proof of my residency status with me at all times and be prepared to produce it to law-enforcement officials, whether on a business trip to Tucson or taking a 20-minute stroll in the woods back at my pad in New Hampshire.
Who would impose such an outrageous Nazi fascist discriminatory law?
Er, well, that would be Franklin Roosevelt. But don’t let the fine print of the New Deal prevent you from going into full-scale meltdown…
This is another case where the Left doesn’t let facts get in the way of a good slander. Whether its illegal immigration, global warming, financial “stimulus”, health care “reform” or countless other issues, the Left would rather demagogue anyone who dares disagree rather than actually deal honestly with the facts of the situation.
Finally, someone should read these Leftists the childrens’ story The Boy Who Cried Wolf. By constantly accusing anyone and everyone who dares disagree with them of racism, they are creating a situation where people are starting to tune it out whenever those accusations are made. Yes, there still is real racism in some quarters. However, by constantly crying “wolf”, Leftists will begin to find that when the wolf really comes, no one is going to pay any attention!