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Arizona is about us

The more I think about Arizona the more I reach the conclusion that in the end Arizona is really about us.  For years the federal government has encroached on the constitutional authority of the states to manage local problems.  They have taken federalism and made it a one way street with the government dictating policy and the agenda.  Now we are starting to see the early stages of states pushing back and Arizona is on the frontline.

When the 17th amendment was adopted on April 8, 1913, it amended the Constitution from Senators being elected by state legislators to Senators being elected by popular vote.  This amendment greatly diminished not only the powers of the state but ultimately reduced the influence of the individual voter.  Senators were no longer beholden to the state government; therefore they had no incentive to champion the interests of their respective states.  This was one of the first actions taken to swing the power in favor of the federal government.  You can read about the case to repeal the 17th amendment here.

Today the states are becoming more and more dependent on the federal government.  From out of control entitlement programs and pension plans that are unsustainable to earmark pet projects that bring much needed money to the states which are looking to the federal government for the answers; answers that they have the constitutional authority come up with.  This dependency is rotting away what’s left of their sovereignty with each handout they accept.  They have created a self imposed prison and shackled their state sovereignty to the federal government gravy train.

Now we have a lone state standing up and pushing back against a federal government that is failing in one of its basic constitutional responsibilities and that is to protect the citizens of the United States.  Through a lack of action by our government to enforce national immigration laws, Arizona was backed into a corner.  Their citizens, property, and economic stability were under a constant assault and the governor decided it was time to act.  Arizona has faced a tsunami of criticism not only from far left groups, but from cities, states, and the federal government.  There have been protests both in support and against Arizona’s new immigration enforcement law.  Cities have called for the boycott of Arizona.  And now just the other day two separate federal agencies decided that cancel their conventions.  As I sat back and watched this all unfold, I began to see that what was happening in Arizona was much bigger than illegal immigration.  It was about federalism and a state calling out the federal government for not fulfilling their part in the partnership.

When we stop for a moment and take it all in this is really quite remarkable.  For many years states have just rolled over for the feds and allowed them to have their way.  This appears to be changing and I do believe it has President Obama a bit worried.  Arizona’s courage has prompted at least twenty other states to follow Arizona’s lead in regards to illegal immigration enforcement.  That’s a significant number that cannot simply be ignored.  This domino effect could be the first signs of a larger movement by the states to reassert their sovereignty against Washington.  And this is very encouraging. 

The reaction from the Obama administration has been a threatened law suit against Arizona’s law and the organizing of activists and labor unions to push for immigration reform.  This is a reaction that a community organizer takes, not the President of the United States.  It smells of a Saul Alinsky move. 

We all need to stand by Arizona because what happens there will have a ripple effect across the nation.  I call on all Governors to stand up and support Arizona and in one unified voice tell Washington to enforce our immigration laws; because in the end Arizona is about us.

Liberty forever, freedom for all!


Filed under: Activist, arizona, immigration reform, Obama, States Rights

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  • LD Jackson June 29, 2010 at 4:57 AM

    It really is quite amazing at the response to the Arizona law. The Mexican government even wants in on the "legal" action against the state. Everyone that has came out against the law seems to be more worried about what will happen to illegal immigrants than they are about what is right and legal in this situation. They are labeling good as evil and evil as good and that is quite disturbing to me.

  • Gorges Smythe June 29, 2010 at 7:25 PM

    Preach it, brother!

  • John Carey June 29, 2010 at 8:35 PM

    It's very disturbing to me also. This is why we need to stand by Arizona.

  • John Carey June 29, 2010 at 8:36 PM

    I'm trying GS…I'm trying. I just wonder if anyone is listening.

  • Anonymous June 29, 2010 at 9:48 PM

    we're listening

  • Matt June 29, 2010 at 9:52 PM

    Quite possibly your best yet, John. I hadn't thought of it before, but Arizona is a microcosm of what is happening nation-wide. Thanks for posting this.

  • John Carey June 29, 2010 at 10:25 PM

    Matt, I believe a great deal will change if Arizona is successful and this worries the Obama administration. This is why the all out assault. They can't afford to lose this battle and have other states thinking they can do the same. It would disrupt their plans to transform America.