Smart quote from Eugene Robinson's editorial in the Washington Post on Arizona's new racist anti-Hispanic law.
"Isn’t the whole premise of the Tea Party movement that overreaching government poses a grave threat to individual freedom? It seems to me that a law allowing individuals to be detained and interrogated on a whim — and requiring legal residents to carry identification documents, as in a police state — would send the Tea Partyers into apoplexy. Or is there some kind of exception if the people whose freedoms are being taken away happen to have brown skin and might speak Spanish?"
And though I don't like former Rep. Joe Scarborough (R-FL) very much (he voted to impeach Pres. Clinton which is unforgivable to me), he is 100% right about his characterization of what Arizona has done:
"It does offend me when one out of every three citizens in the state of Arizona are Hispanics, and you have now put a target on the back of one out of three citizens, who, if they're walking their dog around a neighborhood, if they're walking their child to school, and they're an American citizen, or a legal, legal immigrant -- to now put a target on their back, and make them think that every time they walk out of their door they may have to prove something. I will tell you, that is un-American. It is unacceptable and it is un-American."
And it's amazing to me that a state that can't afford to keep its own state house (they tried to sell it in 2009) can afford all of the additional police required to enforce its "breathing while brown" law and afford to defend itself from the thousands of law suits that will be coming their way for passing such a blatantly unconstitutional law.
Arizona, you will remember, refused to honor Martin Luther King Day as a holiday for more than a decade. The state does seem to have issues with non-whites.
Scarborough is correct. This new law in Arizona is un-American.
UPDATE: Even conservative wonder-boy Marco Rubio has "issues" with the law: "I think aspects of the law, especially that dealing with 'reasonable suspicion,' are going to put our law enforcement officers in an incredibly difficult position. It could also unreasonably single out people who are here legally, including many American citizens."
UPDATE 2: Right wing hero Karl Rove has come out against the AZ bill. "I think there is going to be some constitutional problems with the bill. I wished they hadn’t passed it, in a way."