"Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed the nation’s toughest anti-immigration bill into law. It’s unbelievable. It makes it a crime as a state law to be in the country illegally. It lets police question anyone about their status. You know what this means? Rich people in Arizona may have to start raising their own children now." —Jay Leno
"How many people are here just because you're hiding from the Arizona police?" –David Letterman
"Senator John McCain supported Arizona's new immigration bill. John McCain, also an immigrant. He came over on the Mayflower." –David LettermanIt's pretty amazing how fast people react to issues and how quickly web sites get set up, be they real or satirical. Here is the web site set up to boycott Arizona, with a long list of companies registered in Arizona to contact or not do business with. A short list includes:
And in order to tweak their anti-immigration law, Arizona lawmakers have also banned the teaching of ethnic studies in their schools. Looks like the whole state will soon be home-schooled... Also, the Governor of Arizona is showing the strains from sudden notoriety. She is a simple person, basically a figurehead that signs what's in front of her, and now she is being asked to use her brain to justify her behavior. Watch out Barbie, your head might explode! "Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has come under fire from the left for signing her state's controversial immigration bill into law. But she told Fox News' Megyn Kelly today that people outside the state don't really understand the issue: Arizona has been under "terrorist attacks" from illegal immigration.
"You know Arizona has been under terrorist attacks, if you will, with all of this illegal immigration that has been taking place on our very, very porous border." I think what she meant to say is: I have been having these anxiety attacks, lately....
Sometimes it does seem that we are being over-run by circumstances beyond our control, and it can become frustrating enough that you just want to kick some ass as the solution. Our natural reaction of fight or flight takes over, especially when it seems that the people we trust to solve the problems have been fleeing from responsibility. Unfortunately, the Arizona approach is not a rational, well thought out one, and only Sheriff Joe Arpaio is having fun rounding up every brown body in Maricopa County until it gets resolved in the courts.
"They're not the only ones boycotting. Today, Mexican gangs are threatening to cut off the state's drug supply." –Jay Leno
"Arizona is the meth lab of democracy." —Jon Stewart
A few weeks ago I remember reading an article about state troopers in Indiana and Kentucky finding abandoned cars that had been used as rolling meth labs. And I slowly realized that there isn't one square inch of america where you can't buy illegal drugs. The war on drugs has failed when kids in elementary school can score whatever they want. In fact, there may not be anywhere on this planet where you cannot buy cocaine or heroin. For thirty years we have been talking about revamping our drug policy, and things like our prison and transportation systems, but so far it's been all talk and no action.
Maybe approaching a problem in a confrontational manner is the real problem. Our "war" on drugs or cancer or terrorism or Iraq or Afghanistan is doomed to failure because we treat them as problems to be forcefully eradicated instead of dealing with the root causes. My Sunday epiphany is that the Buddha was right: all life is suffering. To be honest, that's the only teaching of the Buddha I know. I could never seem to move beyond the first of the four noble truths, all of the others seemed irrelevant...