I lived in Phoenix for 5 years. Five dreary, hot, miserable, boring years in a dry sea of dust storms, sun tea, stupidity and snowbirds. Not to mention John McCain, killer of many planes, Jeanette Napolitano, Arizona’s answer to Shrek, and the Keating 5. As a cultural Mecca, Arizona is what the actual Mecca is to culture.
Oh, let’s not forget about Evan Mecham, the racist Mormon governor who led Arizona in rescinding Martin Luther King Day in the mid-80’s.
Racism in Arizona, especially against brown people, is so endemic that fish fuck in it. A lot of this is because a lot of Arizono’s are Mormons and all believing Mormons are ideological racists, and most of them are traditional cradle-indoctrinated racists.
So good luck to everyone stuck to Arizona convincing everyone else that there won’t be any racial profiling enforcing this new law.
Conservatives, almost universally, have come out in favor of this law. A few (Florida’s Rubio, for example) have expressed reservations while cheering the law as a goad to Obama’s feckless administration. Sorry, I can’t go even that far.
This law sucks ass and every conservative applauding it, even those doing it with faint damning, should be ashamed. Why?
- It’s a big step toward a national ID card. I know the law says nothing in it should be construed in an RFID’y way. I’ve read the stupid law, unlike most. Methinks it doth protest too much. Without a strong ID card, how are you going to avoid racial profiling if the law is to mean anything at all? With the heat-addled dumbasses in Arizona leading the way and conservatives cheering them on, who’s left to say that a high-tech national ID card is a FUCKING BAD IDEA? Nice job, conservative assholes, signing on to The Number of the Beast because you don’t like spics. This shit will go federal.
- Conservatives point out that it’s complete bullshit when Obama pooh poohs critics of his asinine laws by pointing to how his laws specifically say that won’t happen. Look what this law says won’t happen. Look to what criticism they tried to preempt because it’s fucking obvious that’s going to happen. I may not much like Sarah Palin, but she was spot on with that “death panel” thing. Now, on this bill, conservatives show the same wide-eyed disingenousness that liberals showed about nationalizing health care. No, cops won’t profile. No, cops won’t make pretext traffic stops. No, reasonable suspicion, an unfalsifiable standard that the supreme court has defined as needing to be only above an “inarticulable hunch,” won’t be used ex post facto. Hell, no, none of that will happen.
- Don’t tell me about how being Hispanic isn’t a primary offense. Yet. How the cops have to bust you for something else. As mentioned in the previous point, cops will bust you for anything when they want to bust you for something. Don’t tell me how Arizona has a kidnap rate like that of 3rd world countries (nearly all the nappers and nappees are people that will get deported under this law–it’s not near as lawless in Arizona these days as people are saying). Don’t whine about the drug cartels leaving their footprints all over Nogales and Tucson and Phoenix on their way to Salt Lake City. That’s been going on for decades, and cheap weed was about the only good thing I remember about Arizona. Anyow, it ain’t that bad in Arizona. Detroit, LA, Chicago have been dealing with this kind of crime rate for decades. This is Arizona the attention-whore and drama queen, as I remember her in all her dusty, mascara-streaked glory. Arizona doesn’t mind being used, as long as she’s told she’s pretty.
If you’re on the side of Arizona, you’re on the side of government getting more power to fuck with more people. If you were against Obamacare because it intruded on personal freedom and you’re in favor of Arizona’s bullshit, then to everyone to the left of you, you sound like a racist douchebag who hates people with cancer. And I’m not sure they’re not right.
We need to reduce government power to intrude in our lives and fuck with us. Got it? Across the board, left or right, or we will all drown together, claws digging into each others’ necks. We have to make all these government fucks step back off of us, not beg them to fuck with everyone who annoys us.
Either you believe that most problems we have with each other can be solved without government getting into it or you believe that most problems can’t be solved unless government uses its mommy voice.
Pick. It doesn’t matter whether you’re conservative or liberal, whether you think porn should be illegal or excess profits should be taxed, or illegals should be afraid to go out on the street, at the end of the day either you think that government should have a sharply limited role in how people choose to play with each other or you think that government should make everyone play nice and give everyone a cookie or a time out.
(I know that the only reason Democrats are on the other side of this issue is that Latino is the new Negro. Democrats are slavering to own another identity politics group. Democrats believe that all non-white people are their cattle once you brand them so it doesn’t matter how you treat them. Like how Republicans herd pro-lifers. That’s not today’s subject.)
I guess Florida is still the most vile state in the Union, but good for you Arizona for trying harder.
I’ll finish up quoting from the actual law:
20 FOR ANY LAWFUL CONTACT MADE BY A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIAL OR A LAW
21 ENFORCEMENT AGENCY OF THIS STATE OR A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIAL OR A LAW
22 ENFORCEMENT AGENCY OF A COUNTY, CITY, TOWN OR OTHER POLITICAL SUBDIVISION OF
23 THIS STATE WHERE REASONABLE SUSPICION EXISTS THAT THE PERSON IS AN ALIEN WHO
24 IS UNLAWFULLY PRESENT IN THE UNITED STATES, A REASONABLE ATTEMPT SHALL BE
25 MADE, WHEN PRACTICABLE, TO DETERMINE THE IMMIGRATION STATUS OF THE PERSON,
26 EXCEPT IF THE DETERMINATION MAY HINDER OR OBSTRUCT AN INVESTIGATION. ANY
27 PERSON WHO IS ARRESTED SHALL HAVE THE PERSON’S IMMIGRATION STATUS DETERMINED
28 BEFORE THE PERSON IS RELEASED.
I could walk around Arizona for years under this law and never be stopped. On an everyday level, I don’t have a dog in this fight. I look like I snuck in from Scandinavia. But what they’re doing in AZ is likely now to become federal because dumbass conservatives are in favor now of national IDs.
If this insanity becomes federal law, then what else do you think they’ll use those ID cards for? Refer back to social security number creep.
UPDATE: they’re trying to ban toys in McDonald’s Happy Meals in California. So kids won’t want the happy meal so much. If this news didn’t immediatly make you recoil in horror, you’re part of the problem.