It seems to me, that every time we ask the public a question be it a property tax cap or gay marriage, the drooling, uneducated inebriates of America come up with the wrong answer.
We know this.
And if you ask me, our "Founding Fathers" created our representative government, one that elects the people who make laws, versus a true democracy, for that simple reason. We are a bunch of idiots. Always have been, and always will be.
However, sometimes our representative government needs a kick in the pants. Perfect example: Arizona's immigration law. Whereas most of the knuckleheads in Arizona see the immigration problem as a personal issue (in other words, they don't like people speaking Spanish around them because it makes them feel dumb), there actually is an immigration problem in the United States.
And worst off, it's a political football. Both Republicans and Democrats have turned immigration into a wedge issue, therefore rendering actual change and reform impossible. Swing district Democrats are terrified to bring up immigration reform because they're afraid of losing white voters. Right now, there are no swing district Republicans in Congress, but in two years there probably will be. At that point, those Republicans won't want to talk about immigration reform because they think they will lose their "sympathetic" nonpartisan voters that elected them in 2010.
But Arizona has really changed the game, by making this a top-tier issue. The fires are burning hot on both sides, one side screaming "racist" and the other side screaming "lawbreakers". And because any concessions that are made, will be seen as a victory for the other side, nobody is prepared to budge.
The swing district congressman/woman prefer not to do anything, and in so the "veto proof majority" needed to enact reform is impossible to achieve. It's a stalemate, and in the meantime the fires get stoked ever higher and higher by the respective camps.
Arizona, through their state legislature, and backed strongly by their citizenry, has simply required that the government to enforces its laws. Nothing more nothing less. There's no mandatory racism requirement, but simply a requirement that law enforcement officers be obliged to ask the question "where you from, pal?" Our Customs and border patrol agents do it all day long. And more importantly, the checks and balances are obvious. Racial profiling and discrimination is still illegal in Arizona, and cops that abuse the law would certainly be on the hook for millions in lawsuits with an overreach interpretation.
But Arizona did it, and I don't doubt the US Supreme Court's eventual decision (barring a personnel change) will be in favor of the Arizona law as written. I'm not a jurist, but our Constitution does have language specifically detailing different classifications of statuses and even rights for people who are citizens or foreigners residing in the US. Don't worry, we'll all be experts on this soon enough.
So what's going to happen Zeke? What will be the financial/cultural impact upon Arizona and United States? Well, I'll tell you.