posted on May, 19 2010 @ 07:53 AM
The shift from states' rights to "federalization" and from reason to "moralization" has been pretty massive the last century, and I've seen a
great deal more of that 'mentality' in southern California where I was (barely, it turns out) educated than most other areas of the country where I
have lived. I might add that the instant jump to "You just hate them because they're ____!" is part of the same profile.
This idea that it is the business of any state that is not Arizona, what Arizona chooses to do, is just an example of the cultural miseducation
regarding moralization-as-power ("think of the children!") overriding both law and reason. As if it is anybody else's business.
The only thing affected in California by Arizona's attempt to defend their own borders is that yet-more of the vast illegal population might end up
in California. Since CA -- L.A. at least, certainly not a single person I know still living there -- is apparently in favor of no enforcement of
borders, I think maybe it would be cheaper for AZ to contract with Greyhound and a small security agency and just bus them all to California. Then CA
would be happy as they weren't being deported, and the illegals would be happy as they weren't being deported, and if it's in any way cheaper or
less trouble -- particularly for families with children -- then it's a win-win all around.
I'm not surprised that California reacted like this while Texas promptly began to enact a similar law. In fact that would all be kind of amusing if
it weren't such a bad situation for Arizona.
I wish there was a way or place that people around the nation could go tell Arizona's people and leaders that we totally support and encourage them.
I'm sure they hear all the whiner drama queens trying to impose their opinions against AZ, but perhaps less from the larger population of general
public that is very much in favor.
I'd be all for making a similar law for Oklahoma where I'm currently living.
I detest the situation in Mexico that drives a lot of the illegal immigration -- I really pity these people. If I were Mexican I would probably be a
slave cleaning houses in L.A. instead right now too. Unfortunately there are some situations that in 'small' number are not much problem, but
en-masse become a sheer disaster, and that's the reality of illegals at this point.
As much as I have nothing against individuals, and feel the situation with children born here is a heartbreaking point (they are Americans, but
whether they can stay when their parents leave is another story), I do feel the priority should be the well-being of Arizona and any other state.
When it gets to the point that your borderlands are warzones, your people are constantly at risk, the kidnapping ratio is insane, armed guerilla
groups are killing locals with some degree of abandon, and your economy is being bled bigtime from services to edu to prisons -- it is long past time
Arizona started to defend itself. More power to them.
Even if I hated it, I would think the idea of boycotting the state ludicrous. I think all these holier-than-thou pseudo-moralists should go on
boycotting Arizona, that is their right, just like it's Arizona's right. But in the end, unless you count all the illegals themselves, I think the
number of people supporting Arizona's efforts is so exponentially more than those against it, that the boycotters are eventually going to be the ones
suffering, not to mention looking like total retards.
Just by chance (I am 14 nationalities) I look more mexican than plenty of actual mexicans, and I would be happy to visit AZ and to show my ID to
Arizona police (or those of any other state). I wouldn't be afraid or outraged. It isn't personal. I wouldn't take it so.