The philosophical divide could not be more clearly defined.
On one side, there’s the state of Arizona. The 48th state to join our union, the very young Arizona will celebrate its centennial in February of 2012, and its capitol of Phoenix has become America’s 5th largest city.
Arizona’s state government, as most of the world knows by now, enacted a tough new law regarding illegal immigration. The law itself provides a bit of a mirror image to our nation’s federal law regarding illegal immigrants, yet Arizona’s law is rather extraordinary. The fact that an individual state would perceive a need to replicate federal law says something profound about our federal government’s ability to enforce federal law.
On the side of Arizona’s state government resides a majority of the Arizona citizenry. Despite the on-going threats of boycotts and racially charged attempts to smear the state, some 70 percent of Arizona’s citizens still believe their legislature and governor have done the right thing. 59 percent of the entire U.S. citizenry also sides Arizona, as do members of legislatures in at least nine different states.
Suffice it to say that there is a clear majority, a “critical mass” of American support for Arizona’s new law regarding illegal immigration.
But on the other side of the aisle, there is the United Nations. Earlier last week, five “human rights experts” from the U.N. issued an official “statement” claiming that Arizona’s new law might lead to people being targeted by police because of their skin color, and noted that this, in itself, is a violation of “international law.”
On the U.N. side of the aisle there is also Hugo Chavez, the dictator of Venezuela (and currently one of the worst violators of “human rights” in the world). Chavez, who has become quite expert in using his dictatorial power to shut-down Venezuelan media outlets when they articulate things with which he disagrees, has also become masterful at “playing” America’s old-fashioned mainstream media. He demonstrated this manipulative skill last week by throwing out the “R-word” (a sure-fire way of garnering news headlines in America), and claiming that Arizona’s new law was reflective of America’s “old habits of racism.”
Austin Hill is an Author, Consultant, and Host of "Austin Hill's Big World of Small Business," a syndicated talk show about small business ownership and entrepreneurship. He is Co-Author of the new release "The Virtues Of Capitalism: A Moral Case For Free Markets." , Author of "White House Confidential: The Little Book Of Weird Presidential History," and a frequent guest host for Washington, DC's 105.9 WMAL Talk Radio.