A majority of Americans support Arizona’s attempt to become a racist police state. Now, a majority also thinks the new law out there in the wild west will lead to racial profiling, but, hey, what’s a little racial profiling among friends, huh?
If that’s not a direct indication of the racist hearts of Americans nowadays — that people don’t care if the brown and black people are profiled — then I don’t know what is. If it were the other way around, d’ya think they’d like it so much?
Remember the Arizona deputy who was shot last week? Originally, we were told he was shot by illegal immigrants. With and AK47. Now, I’m thinking that not too many illegal immigrants carry around AK47s, but what do I know? I’m just a dirty miscreant hippie. But sure enough, we find out later that the dudes who shot the deputy (but not the sheriff, who wasn’t there) were dug smugglers. They may well have been in the country illegally, but they were also doing something quite illegal at the time. Same with the rancher who was shot and killed on a ranch, the incident that got the Arizona legislature on this kick to begin with. The illegal immigrant in question was a drug smuggler.
In fact, virtually all the crime that the legislature was looking to cut down on with this crackdown on illegal immigrants is done by drug smugglers. But instead of looking at the drug problem, the lawmakers made a law that doesn’t just target drug smugglers. And it doesn’t just target illegal immigrants. It targets anybody who looks like they might be an illegal immmigrant, which, in Arizona, means anyone who isn’t white.
Of course, the supporters of these kinds of measures won’t tell you about the drug smugglers. But they will spare no expense to tell you about the scary, scary Mexicans swarming across the border by the millions to take your jobs and usurp the benefits paid for by your tax dollars (the very same benefits, by the way, that most of the supporters of this kind of law don’t want you to have either).
I’m sure you’ve seen and hears the teabaggers going on and on about how Obama is shredding the Constitution. But from just that little discussion above, it’s damn clear who’s doing the shredding these days. But this is what conservatives do. They accuse the reset of us of doing what they’re doing, putting us on the defensive because damn we don’t like to be accused of being unAmerican.
The eight years of unmitigated fear mongering we had during the Bush administration has very nearly killed us. Far too many folks fall for it now. You and I are at an extreme disadvantage, and yes, my colleagues are quite culpable in that.
Speaking of my illustrious colleagues, they’ve spent much of the last week goading Republicans into complaining that Faisal Shahzad, the incompetent Times Square wannabe terrorist, got Mirandized. Not that it took a lot of goading, because these country-lovin, Constitution-supportin, gun-totin hypocrites live by the Constitution’s exception clause, wherein all the rights and responsibilities iterated in our ruling document apply to everyone except the people they’re afraid of. They also use the exception clause to exempt certain member of society — them — from certain laws. Pretty good racket they’ve got goin there.
See, the thing about conservatives is that they are completely convinced that they and only they have the right to rule. They are never wrong, always right, and the rest of us need to shut the fuck up and get out of the way.
But let’s get back to Shahzad, shall we? What a loser. Dude even bought the wrong kind of fertilizer, a mistake conservative hero Tim McVeigh certainly didn’t make. But boy those conservatives are just riddled with fear over this guy. And it’s all Obama’s fault, of course. Obama’s fault that he got naturalized and the security checks didn’t flag him, because, you know, terrorists, being Muslims, are bound and determined to attack the United States from the day they are born, unlike, say, white guy and Christian Joe Stack, who’d just had enough of the socialist government of the United States one day and flew his airplane into an IRS building.
Shahzad was also “allowed” to get on a plane. Incompetence! the conservatives scream. Yeah, but there’s just one little thing wrong with that. Shahzad got on the plane because hemadehis reservation on the way to the airport but didn’t pay until he was there. So he wasn’t on the passenger manifest right away. But by the time he had actually gotten to his seat, he was, and Customs and Border Protection took him off. Then the plane started to leave, but CBP called it back to make sure they had the right guy — and that the plane was safe.
And then there’s the Miranda thing. As if they didn’t get enough of that with the totally incompetent wannabe terrorist underwear bomber. This time, though, there was a difference — Shahzad is a citizen, although, of course, not a real citizen since he was naturalized. But the damn Constitution says that makes him a citizen.
That wasn’t enough, though, to stop folks like John McCain and Pete King from saying it was a mistake to read him his rights, even though the attorney general told us that he’d waived his rights and kept providing information even after he was Mirandized.
Pete King even had the quote of the week.
I know he’s an American citizen, but still.
But still. Joe Lieberman has an idea, though, to take that “but still” right out of the mix. He’s introducing a bill to strip terror suspects of their citizenship. And ship them to Gitmo.
Just gotta be a suspect, man. That’s the American way. If we think you’re guilty, you are. Especially if you’re not White Like Me.
And that’s the way the Arizona law reads too. Just gotta be a suspect. And you’d better have you’re papers in order. But there won’t be any racial profiling, y’know.
And of course, the failed Times Square attack has the conservatives falling all over themselves to be the first to say that it proves we need stricter immigration laws, just like they did after 9/11. Couldn’t be more predictable. Some congressman, whose name I flushed out of my mind, even issued an incomprehensible news release in which he said that the failed attack in Times Square justified the Arizona law.
Conservative bloggers are all over that too, except for the most part they’re calling for stricter regulations against Muslim immigrants, rather than Arizona’s unwritten Hispanic rules.
So how fucked are we? Unless and until a whole lot more people take the blinders off and see what they’re doing to themselves, not to mention the country, I’d say we’re pretty damn fucked. And I didn’t even get to the part about the Ayatollah Limbaugh’s new theory: that environmentalists blew up the Deepwater Horizon as some sort of black flag operation to discredit the oil companies, as if they need any outside help.
Limbaugh and the other conservatives who are playing that song do so because that’s something they’d do. They don’t get it that the rest of us don’t operate like that. We care just a little bit more about honesty and integrity, fairness and justice.
That puts us behind the 8-ball sometimes. But in the long run, it’s the only way to go.