What is the electorate of Arizona thinking? Tea partiers and libertarians claim they want "government" to stay out of their lives and personal matters; but then they enacted a law empowering armed agents of the government to stop, interrogate, and even arrest anyone "acting suspiciously." This double-think should be concerning to the rest of us.
The only way to reconcile these disparate positions is to see that supporters of this new Arizona law intend two distinct sets of laws, one for whites and one for persons of a darker complexion. Of necessity, this conjures thoughts of the KKK in our southern states, Nazi Germany in the 1930s, and Soviet countries of the 1950s.
In a popular movie, it was said of Alabama that one “needs a passport” to go there. The idea was humorous. However, because of recent legislation, one now needs to carry a passport or other similar document to be safe from government over-reaching in Arizona; and this is no laughing matter.
Even more concerning is the provision in the new Arizona law which permits individuals to sue the government if it fails to interrogate and even arrest “suspicious” persons. This new law legalizes the scenario that the “right” people will be reporting the “wrong” people to the government; and the “right” people are now empowered by law to assure that government agents accost those reported.
Whatever thought processes prompted this new law in Arizona, total abandonment of all this country stands for and the admonition regarding the treatment of “the least of My brethren” cannot be tolerated as a solution.
Claire L. Kelly, Stevensville