"Our failure to act responsible at the federal level will only open the door to irresponsibility by others. That includes, for example, the recent efforts in Arizona, which threaten to undermine basic notions of fairness that we cherish as Americans, as well as the trust between police and their communities that is so crucial to keeping us safe," the president said at a naturalization ceremony for 24 members of the military.The 'efforts' in Arizona the President refers to is a state law, passed by the state legislature with 70% support from the people that live there, and signed into law by the duly elected Governor.
That is not misguided, Mr. President, that is called people governing themselves, enacting changes to affect their best interests, as they see fit. I realize you were not asked for permission on this, and I know that's hard to hear, but the fact is your opinion doesn't weigh in when the people of a state decide they need to better protect themselves from the flood of illegal immigrants that the Federal government is charged with dealing with, but which it shows increasing reluctance to do.
"In fact, I've instructed members of my administration to closely monitor the situation and examine the civil rights and other implications of this legislation. But if we continue to fail to act at the federal level, we will continue to see misguided efforts opening up around the country."
Misguided? As opposed to Your job stimulus bill, Your bail-out of the financial sector, Your take-over of Chrysler and GM, or Your biggest bag so far, Your government take over of the healthcare services industry by passage of Your laughably titled Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act?
Look, Bare, if you think it is misguided, odds on... it's genius.
This story just gets worse for those of us interested in freedom and protecting the rule of law, of which there is a nice discussion of over at Iliocentrism.
The New York Times has flattered themselves by weighing in on the topic, and as usual their editorial style delivery of a news piece results in pretzel like conclusions. After investigating the story, the Times offers the following:
Ms. Brewer has spent the last 27 years in elected politics — as a member of both houses of the Arizona Legislature over a 14-year span, as a Maricopa County supervisor, as secretary of state for seven years and as governor — but she has rarely sought the limelight.
It is a personality parade, a question of political acumen, and of mixed loyalties. Well, strike three, you're OUT!
Forget the Times, what does the governor have to say:
“Border-related violence and crime due to illegal immigration are critically important issues to the people of our state,” she said on Friday after signing the immigration bill. “We cannot sacrifice our safety to the murderous greed of drug cartels. We cannot stand idly by as drop houses, kidnappings and violence compromise our quality of life.”
That looks pretty clear to me. These people are attempting to protect themselves. President Obama should concern himself with the same issue, not just sell them out.