Friday, March 18, 2011

Big Win for Common Sense in Arizona

by Pa Rock
Citizen Journalist

It would appear that the worm of intolerance has finally begun to turn - at least in the Scorpion State.  Yesterday was an amazing day for the rebirth of common sense at the Arizona State Capitol where the State Senate voted to turn down five pieces of crazy, racist nonsense - bills that were near and dear to the hearts of Senate President Russell Pearce and Governor Jan Brewer.

Now, at least for the time being, Arizona will not be challenging the birthright guarantee of the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution.  Senate Bills 1308 and 1309 would have required that children must have at least on parent who was a U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident in order for that child to be considered a citizen - a position that is clearly at odds with Supreme Court interpretations of the Constitution.  The nativist elements in Arizona, those individuals who would benefit most from an influx of some new genes into their closed-minded societies, have been foaming at the mouth in their rabid denouncements of these "anchor babies."

No word yet on whether Joe Arpaio had begun setting up a nursery at Tent City in anticipation of those bills passing.

Other defeated bills would have kept "illegals" out of state universities, community colleges, and even public schools.  They would have also kept these individuals from driving on public roads.  Sixty Arizona business chief executives sent letters to legislators asking them to vote down the measures because they felt they would be harmful to business.  Enough Republicans agreed with that assessment to join with Democrats and defeat the bills.  Senate President Pearce was not happy.  He huffed and puffed that he stood with "the citizens of Arizona and not a bunch of businessmen that write me a letter."

Arizona's wall of intolerance is beginning to show some cracks - and the same is happening nationally.

Republicans in Wisconsin were shocked this week to find that Democrats there are much more fired up than the GOP when it comes to organizing for recall elections - and the GOP is likely to be swept from power there in short order.  Nationally, Republicans held a "special" vote in Congress to defund National Public Radio and Public Television - a move that will save a whopping $10 million a year from something that actually benefits people, but the same cretins voted in lockstep to continue giving government money to big oil companies.  Now people are even beginning to openly discuss the cost of the the never-ending wars in the Middle East - $400 million a day in Afghanistan a day.  Four hundred million dollars a day!

The fog is lifting, the sun is coming out, and someone is going to have to answer to all of this stupidity and hate that has paralyzed the nation for so long - and it's about damned time!

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