By John Aloysius Farrell, Thomas Jefferson Street blog
I suspect that Arizona is going to find out how stupid and unpopular its new law really is when law enforcement officials there start asking for the money they will need to perform the work of border guards, while at the same time fighting crime. Or when some big shot Republican matron from Scottsdale, with a killer tan, acts a little too haughty with a traffic cop and gets hauled off to a holding cell.
But in the meantime, as someone who is married to a naturalized American citizen (an ex-Canadian, God bless her maple-sugared heart), I find the precedent more than a little creepy. Now that one state is requiring people to carry identity papers, will others be far behind?
Aren't libertarians--the Ron Paul, CATO kind, not just the ACLUers--just a little sickened by the prospect of being pulled over, and having some jack-booted highway patrolman demand, like a Nazi in a World War II movie, to see your "Papers? Papers?"
Oh, I know. It's just to keep those Mexicans from overrunning our southern border, you say. It won't actually affect the right sort of people--the white ones.
Nonsense. Any new power, given to the State, will eventually be used by the State to limit everyone's freedom. So wake up my fellow Caucasians. The fact is, we are not producing children as fast as our darker brothers and sisters. Like the Israelis, or the Protestants in Northern Ireland, we're staring at a future of minority status.
Indeed, there are cities and states in the United States right now where, if they wanted to (and fortunately they have more sense and patriotic honor than the yo-yos in Arizona), the people of color could require that the white folks carry identity papers, and be ready at all times to prove they are not economic refugees from Poland or Ireland or Iceland or Greece.
No papers? Off to the camps. It can't happen here, you say. Don't fool yourself. Sure it can. And the best way to make sure it doesn't is to strangle it in the cradle.
In the meantime, I hope folks in Phoenix and Tucson don't mind the fact that, when they call for help while being mugged or burglarized, the police are slow to respond--seeing as how they're tied up checking the papers of the family cleaning lady, gardener, and pool boy.