As Americans, we're supposed to stand for tolerance, justice, and fairness for all to pursue happiness.
"Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
Well, not in Arizona. In Arizona, you can now be legally stopped and detained simply if a law enforcement officer has "reasonable belief" that you may be an illegal alien. Given Arizona's proximity to Mexico and the flood of illegal immigrants from Latin America and South America, there's no mystery regarding which group of people this legislation is targeted toward.
The Governor of Arizona, Jan Brewer, says critics of the bill are "overreacting" and she "won't tolerate racial profiling". So her idea of "overreacting" is when people are concerned about a slippery slope in which legislation can be made to single out whatever group of people is currently disliked the most. And her idea of not tolerating racial profiling is to sign into law legislation that that can only be implemented by the use of racial profiling. Yeah, makes perfect sense.
The bill's Republican sponsor, Russell Pearce, made a disturbing comment: Obama and the bill's critics are "against law enforcement, our citizens and the rule of law".
Think about the implications. Our President, charged with upholding the laws of our land, is actually working against those laws to harm citizens and make our country less safe. If a Democrat had said something like that during the GWB presidency, there would have been cries of TREASON and DOMESTIC TERRORISM. Why are Democrat's so scared of firing back at these conservation pol morons that are angling for political points instead of doing their job?
Pearce went on to say this bill will result in "less crime. We'll have lower taxes. We'll have safer neighborhoods. We'll have shorter lines in the emergency rooms. We'll have smaller classrooms".
Really? The implication here is that illegal immigrants are de facto criminals that don't pay taxes, endanger neighborhoods, spend time in hospital emergency rooms for frivolous reasons, and foolishly try to send their children to school to get a better education and have a better life. What assholes!
I have a hard time believing illegal immigrants are statistically more likely to be criminals than your average American citizen. If you were here illegally and knew you could be sent back to a hellhole of a country, wouldn't you lay low and try not to rock the boat? If you're going to be a criminal, why not just stay in Mexico and be a criminal? Also, I feel like illegals are only going to emergency rooms when ABSOLUTELY necessary. Why expose yourself to an increased risk of being "outed" as illegal and deported?
Does Pearce believe American citizens are in no way to blame for what he's accusing illegals of? Probably so. It's easy to be critical when you're a career politician, far removed from the real world.
The most disturbing part is that people like Pearce say "come here legally and we'll welcome you with open arms", but we all know that isn't true. There is systematic discrimination against people that sound or look Hispanic, or Asian, or Persian, or anything other than American. Hell, we don't even like Canadians that much, do we?
Our problem is that no matter what we say, we are at our core still a Racist Nation. We are not post-racial, or post-nationalist.
We are, as Hunter S. Thompson said, "[we are] just a nation of two hundred million used car salesmen with all the money we need to buy guns and no qualms about killing anybody else in the world who tries to make us uncomfortable."
That is why even in 2010 we are legislating against groups of people we dislike or fear. This is not the "Land of Opportunity".
This is the Land of Fear.