Razing Arizona

Welcome to ArizonaI got a couple of angry comments about yesterday’s post, accusing me of indifference to civil rights. It’s not that I’m indifferent, it’s just that I’m not an absolutist. There are a lot of well-accepted exceptions to our fundamental civil rights, so what’s one more?

The right to free speech doesn’t let you yell ”Fire!” in a crowded theater. The right to bear arms doesn’t allow me to buy anti-tank weaponry (at least not yet). So why should the 4th Amendment apply in every situation when the others don’t? When it is inconvenient to do otherwise, we should be able to temporarily suspend certain civil rights. As so many have said: the Constitution is not a suicide pact.

It’s like no one remembers the true lesson of the Japanese internment camps. On December 7, 1941, a date which will live in infamy, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, causing massive damage to our Pacific fleet and throwing us into WWII. On February 19, 1942, just 74 days later, President Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066. This authorized the internment of those with “Foreign Enemy Ancestry” and excluded them from being in entire regions of the country. And guess what? It worked. The Japanese never attacked us again on our home turf. It may not be ‘politically correct’ to mention that, but there you go.

This current situation in Arizona is different in degree, but not in type. There is a very real crisis right now. Violent crime has skyrocketed. People are being murdered. People are being kidnapped. And everyone knows that the best way to address this crisis is to check everyone’s papers. Anyone that pretends otherwise is just being disingenuous. And frankly, I’m not sure they have America’s best interests at heart.

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