Sarah peligrosa

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Sarah … oh, Sarah.

I’m ecstatic to know your heart, mind, political savvy and prayers are with Arizona! How thoughtful of you to say “We’re all Arizonans now.” And you look fab in the pics alongside Gov. Brewer. Her staff does wonders photoshopping her wrinkles – you almost look like twins!

But I must tell you – the two of you together scare me. A lot. You bring to her campaign and her vitriol the branding she needs. Forgive me if this sounds sexist, but you are widely known as the gun-loving Barbie of the GOP, complete with a vast repertoire of 50-characters-or-less twitter rhetoric. Muy peligroso. Like talking Barbie dolls. I can still remember when Mattel released a Barbie that said “Math is hard.”

Speaking of subjects difficult to grasp …for some, like Barbie. Did you know that many Arizona citizens oppose S.B. 1070? Did you know securing the border and racial profiling are two separate issues? And NO. Opposing S.B. 1070 does not make one less patriotic or American than you. Yes, the Feds have not done their part and Obama sucks for not keeping all his campaign promises, but S.B. 1070 does nothing to protect the border. To be stopped and profiled for a cracked windshield or asked to produce your papers, please, because of loud mariachi music at a family gathering isn’t cool. This may be difficult for you and la guera Brewer to comprender.

If only you had stayed in Arizona a bit longer. I would have taken you to a press conference held by a group of  leaders from professional and academic associations opposing S.B. 1070 and the other new law banning ethnic studies. I wish you could have listened to what these educators and professionals had to say. Many of them are Arizonans; many as white and patriotic as you. I only clarify this because you don’t seem to acknowledge “the others” opposing the new piece of legislation. How else would you explain your grave concern for “all of us Arizonans?” You know nada about our concerns.

You should have heard Dr. Zoe Hammer from the American Studies Association, the nation’s oldest and largest association devoted to the study of American culture and history. She said, “Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson warned in 1944 that when racial discrimination becomes part of the law, ‘it lies about like a loaded weapon’ available to be used by the government and ready to be expanded to new purposes.”

If you were to look it up, Sarah, you’d learn about the context of Jackson’s words.  He wrote, “But once a judicial opinion rationalizes such an order to show that it conforms to the Constitution, or rather rationalizes the Constitution to show that the Constitution sanctions such an order, the Court for all time has validated the principle of racial discrimination in criminal procedure … The principle then lies about like a loaded weapon, ready for the hand of any authority that can bring forward a plausible claim of an urgent need.”

Get the reference, Sarah?  It’s from Jackson’s dissent opinion in the U.S. Supreme Court case of KOREMATSU v. UNITED STATES, 323 U. S. 214 (1944). You see, Korematsu was racially profiled, harassed and intimidated.

Dr. Hammer left the best for last: “Because we are scholars of ethnic studies and American studies, we know … unjust laws like S.B. 1070 have been used during times of economic insecurity and social change to violate the human rights of people of color and immigrants of all races in ways that deeply betray constitutional principles.”

Get it, Sarah? Korematsu … American … 1944 … Japanese parents?

Me entiendes Mendez, o te explico Federico? Ciao for now, peligrosa.

One Response to Sarah peligrosa

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    ram June 8, 2010 at 9:15 am

    Sarah doesn’t know exactly where she stands, she offers no real content. Brewer is worse. she is shifting like the wind for political gain, and using this argument against her opponents. As far as unintended consequences go, there have to be good intentions for and at least some planned consequences in order for unintended consequences to take effect. In the case of SB1070 and its amendments, it solves none of the “problems” previously sited as needing “immediate attention”, namely 1. “added criminal activity” (not proven – in fact there are studies indicating the opposite), 2. “social program abuse” by “illegal” immigrants (our social program system is not built to protect against abuse by either citizens or non-citizens. Is abuse by citizens ok?) 3. Immigrants taking jobs away from “real” Americans (sorry, but that is how this “problem” has been pictured, even though theoretically it’s re-stated as “illegal” immigrants taking jobs away from citizens). Even though the only real problem is #2, the solution is not even an immigration issue at all. The effects of SB1070? To extend the “unconstitutional zone” (area between the borders and any checkpoints) to the entire state of AZ. See this:

    On a side note, Arpio, Pierce, Brewer …. is this the order of influence? To Arizona, this trio is muy peligroso; unfortunatly, Palin’s endorsement of Brewer gives this trio even more influence – not good.

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