I’m still a little bit uneasy about some specifics of the new Arizona anti-illegal immigration law. I haven’t read the entire thing yet, but unlike some careless and impudent public figures who also haven’t read it, I’m not going to come out and talk it down out of hand. That said, I’m gratified that some changes have been made to clarify and discourage misuse and misunderstanding. (Natch, the old-school press still insist upon distorting (lying?) the actual narrative about the law.) The immediate action by the Arizona legislature and executive to address legitimate concerns should show those watching that law-makers of the Grand Canyon state are earnest in their efforts not to be racists, but rather to ensure that the spirit of our Nation’s immigration laws is alive in well in the state, especially considering the Federal Government has chosen not to enforce them themselves.
It’s striking how eager the inky-fingers of the old-school media are trying to destroy this incredibly popular (and necessary!) move toward national sovereignty. In the immediate aftermath of its passage, the then-new law enjoyed the support of 51% of Americans. Since then, the media, illegal-immigrant activists, and even the President of the United States (talk about unprecedented!) have done their best to undermine support for the new law.
Perhaps there’s something to learn from dismissing the nay-sayers and just unapologetically doing what’s right, and damn the chattering.
Last night at my Congressional District’s Republican Assembly I was joking with a fellow delegate that if I ever ran for office, my stump speech would be something like: “Vote for me and you’ll get less from the government. I’m not going to bring any money back to the district, I’m not going to fight for our ‘fair share’. I’m just going to return your own choices and leave the spending of your money to you rather than run your life from Washington (or Denver).”
Fat chance winning with a platform like that, but maybe Christie and Brewer are starting to realize Americans are pining for straight-forward, common-sensical leadership and are ready to embrace someone who simply solves problems. Is there a new yearning in America for politicians who simply do what they think is right and dismiss their detractors? And if so, why does it only work when it’s conservative ideas (Christie’s budget cuts and the new Arizona law) and not Leftist ideas (SoHCA2010, Cap-and-Trade, bailouts, etc.)?
-Nick (ColoradoPatriot, from HQ)