Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Well Whaddya Know?

No, seriously. What do you know? Are you aware of things that are going on around the globe, across the country or in your neck of the woods?

I have an important reason for asking. In the Random Dozen questions from last week, one of the questions was how you get your news. I was genuinely surprised at the number of people who said they really didn't keep up with what's going on.

Did you know that what happens at your neighbor's house can affect you? Their broken water problems can become yours. Their foreclosure affects your home value. Their break in will affect you as well. It's a smart move to know what's going on in your neighborhood.

By the same token, it's a smart move to know what's going on in your state. And in your country. For instance, what happens in Arizona can affect you.

Have you heard about the Arizona immigration law? Are you aware of the turmoil that surrounds it? What's it really all about, and how does it affect you?

If you do listen to any news, you've probably heard the opinion that this law can lead to or even instigate racial profiling. You may have heard that it goes against everything our country stands for. You may have heard it compared to the laws from Hitler's day.

Our own President has said that the law leads to racial profiling. He spoke of a father who would take his children to the same ice cream store they always went to. But now, because of that law, their trip could be ruined by an overzealous cop demanding to see the father's papers. Our country's Attorney General, Eric Holder, criticized the law and said he might even be filing a civil lawsuit against it.

So what's the big deal about this law? How about the fact that most of the stuff you're hearing on the news is not true?

The Arizona law is actually an enforcement law. Meaning it was written in order to enforce laws already on the books. What laws would those be? How about federal laws?

The President of the United States balked at the possibility that a law enforcement officer would ask someone for their papers. But for over seventy years there has been a federal law that requires non U.S. citizens to carry some sort of papers showing their right to be in this country.

People claim that the law allows officers to "pick on" any one who looks ethnically diverse. However, the actual law says that officers can only ask to see papers for someone that they've already encountered breaking the law in some way. And then if there is a reasonable assumption that they might be illegal, the police can ask to see their papers.

As for our Attorney General, the one who is charged with upholding the law of the land--well, after threatening a lawsuit against Arizona, he admitted that he's never actually read the bill. That's right. He wanted to sue Arizona for a law when he didn't even know what the law was really about.

Okay, you say. But seriously how does this affect me? How about, for starters, the fact that the lies spread about this law are causing an uproar across the land? How about the fact that people are now wanting to boycott the state of Arizona? So from there, what if someone decides to boycott your state because your state doesn't recognize gay marriage? Or teen abortions without parental consent? Not such a far step away, is it?

What happened to states' rights? Especially in the case of a law that was made in order to uphold federal laws? How did we get so twisted and get things so distorted from the truth?

I think it's because we haven't been listening. We don't want to know what's going on, so we close our eyes and ears and say it doesn't have anything to do with us.

Funny thing, that's what good, moral, upright people did in Germany in the 1930's. As persecution of the Jews increased, people turned away and said it was none of their business. They said it didn't concern them. And because they didn't speak up, the tide of hatred and the will of a monster spread almost across the globe.

Hmmm. come to think of it, maybe this is like Nazi Germany after all.


  1. Imagine that... people are in an uproar because as it turns out, illegal immigration is illegal. I get crazy when people call those who support the law intolerant. Just because you support the law doesn't make you intolerant or in opposition to immigration. Immigrants built America but there are legal channels for entering this country. As there are for every country in the world.

    I best not go down the political path this morning. I haven't had enough coffee yet. But I could rant here really really well. Don't get me started on the government officials who spout off and what's worse, who vote on something they have never even read. I'm pretty sure that's what we're paying them for! Do you read the blog Letters from Midlife...she writes very eloquently about many of these topics...and others too but I enjoy her gentle but truthful approach.


    I read the news. I listen to the news. I try to listen to a variety just to know what all is out there. Oh, and I for sure vote : )

  2. I am very ignorant in politics, so I cannot contribute much to this conversation. It is my own fault . . . I don't work hard to stay informed. It is definitely something I need to work harder on.

  3. Ugh. This seriously makes me angry. Not the law, but the upheaval over the law....seriously......I have respect for the office of the president, but sometimes I think he ought put on his Captain Obvious hat.

    Making it against the law to be here illegally.
    Courtesy of the Redundancy Department of Redundancy.


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