Thursday, February 27, 2014

Kick Them Out

Seriously, Arizona can secede from the United States at any time now. I'm okay with that.

I was offended back when the Arizona legislature decided people could be pulled over and questioned because of the way they looked. God forbid you look a little bit Hispanic. You'd have to prove yourself any time the police felt like stopping you.

Imagine you're on your way to take your kid to the dentist. You're running a little late because your kid decided he was hungry right when it was time to go and you had to ask him to brush his teeth again. But you're going to make it, barely.

Then, you get stopped on the way into town. You weren't speeding, though you had wanted to. Your only fault was that you looked Hispanic. The police officer spends twenty minutes discussing your heritage while you wonder if you could get deported to a country you've never seen in your life.You try, unsuccessfully, to tell the officer that you were born in the next county. What if you accidentally left your wallet at home?

Yeah, that's a civil rights violation. You betcha.

If Arizona got kicked out of, I mean seceded from, the United States, it might be common sense for them to join with Mexico since that's on their border and I doubt they'd have enough water and other resources to survive on their own. I wonder what Mexico would do with the white folks there. Would they have to carry proof that their heritage doesn't make them illegal? Could they legally get harassed on their way to the dentist? See, when you turn it around, the injustice always seems more clear, doesn't it?

So then, Arizona tried to pass a bill so that LGBT could be refused service at businesses because it violated peoples religious freedom to serve them. Just exactly what is that particular freedom people have with regard to religion when it comes to putting BLTs on a plate for two women at a cafe and taking their money for it?

Does my religious freedom include the right to refuse service to bigoted people? Unfortunately, I don't think it does.

Thankfully, today Arizona's governor said she'd veto the legislation.

Still, I don't believe a word the governor said about it being the right thing to do. Oh, it was the right thing to do, to veto it, but I don't think that one bit of her response was out of outrage. It's more likely that the only reason she made this decision was that people and corporations were going to boycott Arizona if she didn't.

I think that we should all boycott Arizona anyway. Oh right. They don't make much of anything. It's too hot there to get your M&Ms home from the grocery store intact. And there's nothing there to see except a big crack in the ground. If no one went to Arizona, they probably wouldn't notice anyway.

Thank you for listening, jules

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