Things get ugly in Arizona

25
Apr
2010

Once again, the nut-ball right wing (best exemplified these days by the tea baggers), proves that consistency is not their strong suit. While claiming to decry government intrusion into their lives, they enact a bill exemplary of such government overreach. A new law in Arizona makes it a crime not to carry proof of citizenship. Someone care to explain to me how this isn’t Orwellian? Aside from the obvious contradictions with freedom, this law is nothing but a fig leaf for the worst strains of nativism and racism.  These malcontents, always on the lookout for a scapegoat for their troubles, find immigrants or “foreign-looking” people have always been easy targets. A hard look in the mirror has never occurred to them. But this law is truly a new low. And since the law requires police to stop anyone on “reasonable suspicion” of being an undocumented immigrant, the potential for abuse is great. Police could stop without warrant anyone who didn’t pass their subjective test of normalcy. This law is an obscene authority grab by a state that claims to value freedom, but in truth only values the freedom to fit into their definition of upright citizen. Anyone else is suspect.