by Pa Rock
The crowds are back again today at the state house, they've been there for days. The lingering protest over Governor Brewer signing the overtly racist Senate Bill 1070 may continue for some time.
In fact, if Congressman Raul Grijalva of Tucson has his way, our state is about to be subjected to a tourist boycott like the one that started in the late 1980's after Governor Mecham signed a proclamation revoking the state's recognition of the Martin Luther King holiday.
It was racism then, and it is racism now. Brown has become the new black.
SB 1070 was authored by State Senator Russell Pearce, a legislator who is developing a national fan base over his ill-conceived, right-wing fantasy bills that are beginning to mark Arizona as the looniest state in the nation.
Our Arizona politicians are trying to laugh off Gvijalva's threatened boycott, but deep in their guts they know how effective a commercial boycott of Arizona can be. They understand the power of these populist endeavors because a national boycott in response to Mecham's racist act two decades ago proved to be too much for the state to withstand, and the public had to come to the rescue of its fascist leaders by voting the Martin Luther King holiday back onto the state calendar.
The boycotters won - handily, and they will win this time,too.
The whine coming from Jan Brewer and Herr Pearce is that tourists will still come to Arizona because their bizarre, attack-on-Hispanics law makes the state a safer place. That claim is nonsense on its face. All the new law has done so far is to inflame people on both sides of the immigration issue - hardly a recipe for peace.
But even if Brewer and Pearce are right, which they aren't, one must still look at the whole picture when considering Arizona for a vacation or convention destination. On April 17th, just over one week ago, our governor signed another Russell Pearce masterpiece into law. This one gives state residents the right to carry concealed weapons without a permit - hence, without any training in how to use the weapons, or any criminal or mental health background checks.
Arizona is changing in several ways, but unfortunately none of them are good. The state is a hotbed of hatred and it is infested with gun-totting morons. Arizona is anything but safe.