Today's word is 'perspective'

Opponents to Arizona's immigration law are abandoning rationality

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Rarely has this country been so devoid of perspective, and so desperately in need of it.

Perspective -- the ability to calmly and rationally see things in their proper context and importance -- seems to be totally lost on some in the debate over Arizona's new illegal immigration law.

Media reports promised protests against the law in some 70 U.S. cities today -- ironically enough on national Law Day, when we celebrate the rule of law.

Those who passed or favor the law are being called racists and worse. Hysterical editorial cartoonists have left rationality far behind -- such as Jimmy Margulies of The Record in New Jersey, who drew Hitler with a mustache the shape of Arizona.

What the law does is say it's illegal to be an illegal alien in Arizona.

Hitler? Really? The man responsible for the extermination of millions?

Even guardians of the Hitler Brand of Hate are tired of the trivializing trademark infringements: "There is no comparison between the situation facing immigrants, legal or illegal, in Arizona and what happened in the Holocaust," said the Jewish Anti-Defamation League.

Agreed. It's just beyond the rational brain to make the comparison.

The law was carefully crafted to parallel already-existing federal law -- which Washington has despicably failed to enforce for years, forcing sovereign states to enact their own measures. But Arizona lawmakers late this week went the extra mile to soothe over the hysteria: They clarified language to make it clearer that no one will be stopped due to race or asked for citizenship proof without first being suspected of some other offense.

Meanwhile, the president of Mexico bitterly complains the Arizona law is an abuse of human rights -- while his own country's laws on illegal immigration are infinitely tougher. Amnesty International just this week, says the Associated Press, "called the abuse of migrants in Mexico a major human rights crisis Wednesday, and accused some officials of turning a blind eye or even participating in the kidnapping, rape and murder of migrants."

Perspective.

Yet, the hysteria goes on -- with entertainers and other luminaries lining up to fight Arizona in ways rarely wielded even for mass-murdering regimes. And President Obama is hardly helping quell the panicked frenzy. He has unleashed the Justice Department to take the Arizona law down -- and has made statements about it that the Washington Examiner's Byron York deems "strikingly uninformed."

"You can imagine, if you are a Hispanic American in Arizona ... if you don't have your papers and you took your kid out to get ice cream, you're going to be harassed," Obama said, utterly -- and, you'd have to think, purposely, since he's a constitutional law professor -- misstating the facts. Under the law, no one can be stopped due to race or nationality. Period. That's the case now, and it would be the case, explicitly, under the Arizona law.

The president knows, or should know, that. And his shameful whipping up of racial fears -- notably after having appealed openly to Latinos and other minorities to help him politically this fall -- is more than sad. A president should appeal for calm, not stoke the fires of misplaced ire.

As York points out, Arizona is 3-for-3 in defending its recent immigration laws in court, involving employer sanctions for hiring illegals, restricting public benefits, cracking down on human smuggling and requiring proof of citizenship for voting. The state even won in the ultraliberal 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

These are the facts -- as opposed to what you've been hearing from interest groups, entertainers and other flamethrowers.

This country, now at a boiling point over this divisive controversy, desperately needed some thoughtful perspective from the left. The White House could have helped, and chose instead to hurt.

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Nat the Cat
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Nat the Cat 05/01/10 - 12:04 am
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This Immigration issue is a

This Immigration issue is a Nuclear-Powder-Keg...and Arizona is Ground-Zero!

If you think the "Unconstitutionality" of Health Care Law is going to get bad, because President Obama if forcing us to pay a Penalty if we don't Pay for a Service [like people are actually going to do that], wait until you see the reaction to President Obama's "Unconstitutionality" of the Arizona Law while he is taking our fellow-Citizens' jobs, money, and food off of their tables and giving their hard-earned money to illegal immigrants from Mexico--and make no mistake about it--we are next. Do you realize that if Arizona's Law is struck down, that Georgians and South Carolinians would have to rely on the Federal Government to remove all of the Illegal Aliens that have already taken root here, as well as all over the United States.

It's amusing to see the Obama Liberals scream that the Health Care Law is Constitutional, but when it suits them they will scream that an Arizona law is "unconstitutional," won't they?

Hollywood and Hitler--someone really needs to tell these liberal leftist actors and socialist that it doesn't get any more real than this. There are drug wars going on at their Borders, there are murders of their Arizona neighbors, there is a rise in crimes against property and violent crimes against Arizona families.
And those folks in Arizona have had enough, and they also have weapons; But Arizona families have nothing to fear as long as President Obama's Brave Federal Border Fighters are---oh, sorry, there aren't any.

Here is the dilemma that our fellow-Americans in Arizona face:
One the one hand, President Obama refuses to enforce the Federal Law that was designed to keep out illegal immigrants within the borders of the United States, and on the other hand President Obama tells the States [Citizens of Arizona], that they can't enforce the same law within the borders of their State.
Thus, President Obama is NOT giving the Citizens--of Arizona, the Citizens--of each of the other 49 States, nor the Citizens--of the United States of America any LEGAL OPTIONS WHATSOEVER to deal with the problem of Illegal Immigration...NADA!

I don't know about you, but from my PERSPECTIVE:

A REVOLUTION IS BREWING--AND WE MUST DEMAND IMPEACHMENT FROM OUR ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES IN NOVEMBER!!

JohnRandolphHardisonCain
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 05/01/10 - 05:58 am
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The Augusta Chronicle

The Augusta Chronicle editorial staff and editorial board cannot claim to be sane, rational, calm voices of reason. The Arizona law is on its face unconstitutional because state officials cannot appropriate for themselves duties that are the purview of the federal government. ACES needs to do some unbiased research if the Augusta Chronicle editorial board allows them off their tether long enough to investigate this subject. Here are some Republicans that have grave concerns about this law, and some of them think the Arizona law is unconstitutional: Tom Ridge, Karl Rove, Lindsey Graham, Connie Mack, Marco Rubio, among others. Even Tom Tancredo thinks this law goes too far.

A Wall Street Journal blog informs us: Karl Manheim of Loyola Law School in Los Angeles and Erwin Chemerinsky of UC Irvine Law say the new Arizona immigration law is DOA. The Arizona law appears to be “facially unconstitutional,” Manheim said. “States have no power to pass immigration laws because it’s an attribute of foreign affairs. Just as states can’t have their own foreign policies or enter into treaties, they can’t have their own immigration laws either.”

The second reason that the Arizona law is unconstitutional is because it violates the equal protection under the law clause of the 4th amendment of the United States Constitution. This has to do with the "probable cause" judgment that Arizona law enforcement official are charged with making. If I, a white American, am stopped in Arizona it is unlikely that the police will find probable cause to suspect I am in this country illegal. However, if my wife, a naturalized American citizen who was born in Nicaragua is stopped for a traffic violation or comes in other "legal contact" with Arizona law enforcement officers, she could be a suspect because of her Mestizo race and because she speaks with an accent. Her driver's license may not satisfy the Arizona law which requires "proof" of U.S. citizenship or other official documents that show a legal right to be in this country. In order to avoid the inconvenience of a possible detention while proof of citizenship is sought, she will have to keep her Certificate of Naturalization on her person at all times. This law puts an extra requirement or burden on her that it does not place on me. Therefore American citizens of Latin American origin or Hispanic descent do not have that same equal protection under the law as native born, white, American citizens.

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Jane18 04/30/10 - 11:13 pm
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Anyone that thinks Barack

Anyone that thinks Barack Obama wants a calm America is completely out of their mind. He intends to take our great country to the bottom. Just listen and watch him.

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sjgraci 05/01/10 - 02:20 am
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The chronicle are no

The chronicle are no Libertarians. There is not a Civil Libertarian in this World that is for the AZ law. The chronicle and their minion are radical right wing extremist tea partiers.

This is not about Illegal Immagrants, this is about Big Government profiling American citizens. The law was changed again yesterday because it was so blatantly anti-Civil Liberty and anti-Civil Rights. Still, it is un-Constitutional and a disregard of all American's freedoms.

This AZ law is what is going to expose the radical right wing tea partiers and social conservatives of the republican party for what they really are, a bunch of old white xenophobic nationalists happy to collect their "Socialized" benefits. Kiss the Hispanic vote goodbye Republicans just like you kissed the Black vote away with your "Southern Strategy".

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Rhetor 05/01/10 - 06:01 am
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Let me get this straight: a

Let me get this straight: a newspaper that has endorsed the Tea Parties is now calling for rational dialogue? Are you people serious?

jiclemens
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jiclemens 05/01/10 - 06:34 am
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John Cain, thank you for your

John Cain, thank you for your steadfast voice of reason. It should be obvious why we are seeing so many comparisons to Hitler, but then most folks here despise Jews and people of color, and have no direct experience with tyranny, so they wouldn't get it.

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Whyisit01 05/01/10 - 06:45 am
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This editorial is WHY the

This editorial is WHY the chronicle editors or this paper will NEVER win a pulitzer award, HITLER when the Tea party and 99% of conservatives see Obama as HITLER and now this editorial screams out against it from a cartoonist, WHAT. Where is the outcry from this board and paper concerning that depiction of Obama? Let's see if they write one showing how disgusted they are with their own calling and drawing Obama as Hitler. I guess we'll wait til never.

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johnston.cliff 05/01/10 - 06:50 am
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Well, it's pretty obvious

Well, it's pretty obvious that the Az law just reinforces the federal law and in no way contradicts it or assumes rights reserved for the feds. The only reason obama and his handlers are upset is because of the need of the illegal vote. Dems are in serious trouble and November promises to be devastating. When the "anti-illegal immigration" wild fire spreads to other states (and as a result the laws will finally be enforced) the illegals will be afraid to go vote for fear of deportation. Many Dems will loose their seats.

The reason the obama worshipers are up in arms (the dumb masses responding to obama's call to riot) are because they're just doing as they're told --- or run the risk of losing their subsidies.

This is the type of hope and change obama promised and the most "easily tricked" fell for. Now that the truth is becoming obvious to even the most blind and the tide is turning, the big money supporters of obama's type of Marxism are investing millions to stir up a false "objection" to the Az law. As we can see, many of the "easily tricked" are still wearing blinders. I guess it's a point of pride to support the worst president this nation has had to date. What ever the reason for the irrational behavior of the obama myrmidons, November is the first part of the cure. Without his total control of congress, obama will be just another wanna-be dictator without support. (2012 will bring the rest of the cure)

Cheer up America, relief is just around the corner and freedom from Marxist oppression is two years away.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 05/01/10 - 07:10 am
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Obama is playing the race

Obama is playing the race card....again. He called on "young people, African Americans, Latinos and women" to help the Democrats stay in power this November. He's not about to anger the Hispanics.

I hope the demonstrations today are huge. Let the American people see just what they are up against with illegals invading the country like ants after cake crumbs in the sand.

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Austin Rhodes 05/01/10 - 07:30 am
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My column in this week's

My column in this week's Spirit addresses this issue. Check ID for all citizens with every official encounter involving a police inquiry, bank, healthcare, education, or payment of sales taxes (any purchase). That ends the racial profiling BS. Problem solved. I was asked for ID three times yesterday...I didn't feel violated once.

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johnston.cliff 05/01/10 - 07:37 am
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Excellent point Austin. As a

Excellent point Austin. As a small businessman, I'm ID'd several times every business day and every time I buy alcohol. I'm neither offended or violated. Why should criminals (illegal immigrants) be treated differently?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 05/01/10 - 07:45 am
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I said the same thing about

I said the same thing about the ID cards for everyone earlier, but you do realize this means national ID cards for everyone, something many conservatives are against.

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RoadKing09 05/01/10 - 08:08 am
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If your papers are in order,

If your papers are in order, You have no problem, if not, better head south.

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Brad Owens 05/01/10 - 08:18 am
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National ID cards might help

National ID cards might help but they are not the answer. Those would only be a good part of the solution if there was one Federal database where the cards can be verified as legit by the officer on the street.

Sounds easy, but dangerous as well. However, I don't see requiring everyone to have a National ID Card that contains your citizenship status as bad.

I like it when States exert their power when needed. Why is it OK for the Feds to grab any and all power they want but when a State tries to tailor laws to meet its needs, it is wrong and trying to 'grab power.'

Last time I checked, we were a FEDERATED REPUBLIC, I think lots of people need to look that up and understand what it means.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federal_republic

Brad

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Riverman1 05/01/10 - 08:30 am
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Isn't that what Lindsey

Isn't that what Lindsey Graham is pushing? It's a high tech, national ID card-driver's license, that has a chip with ALL kinds of information on it, including resident status. Every law enforcement officer will be able to scan it and find out your status. Looks like some of us are agreeing with Lindsey.

JohnRandolphHardisonCain
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 05/01/10 - 08:32 am
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Without coming straight out

Without coming straight out and saying so, Austin Rhodes is in effect admitting that the Arizona immigration law as it is now written is unconstitutional. Mr. Rhodes is confirming my assertion that the Arizona law does not afford equal protection under the law for all American citizens.

I don't think that a law requiring everyone to carry an national ID card is unconstitutional, but it is politically very unpopular. On Thursday, April 29, Democrats pushed forward with proposed legislation on immigration reform that included increased money for border patrols and drug war agents, equipment, helicopters and unmanned drones. It would create a national ID dubbed a "biometric social security card" to be used for employment purposes only. After Lindsey Graham withdrew in a huff there was no Republican support whatsoever for this measure which also would include a crackdown on employers who hire undocumented workers.

The Party of No has shot itself in the foot just as the Republican dominated Arizona legislature did when it passed a facially unconstitutional bill which the Republican Governor of Arizona, Jan Brewer, signed into law. The national GOP is doing no better in dealing with immigration reform in a constitutional manner although Tom Ridge, Karl Rove, Lindsey Graham, Connie Mack, Marco Rubio, Tom Tancredo, and Arnold Schwarzenegger, are among a growing list of Republicans who do not support the Arizona immigration law.

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Riverman1 05/01/10 - 08:33 am
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Here is Lindsey Graham's

Here is Lindsey Graham's proposal for a national ID card: "Under the potentially controversial plan still taking shape in the Senate, all legal U.S. workers, including citizens and immigrants, would be issued an ID card with embedded information, such as fingerprints, to tie the card to the worker."
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/03/08/id-card-workers-center-immigr...

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dichotomy 05/01/10 - 09:03 am
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Maybe this will be the issue

Maybe this will be the issue that finally provides a valid reason for secession or sparks the revolution. If the federal government claims the sole responsibility of securing the border and enforcing immigration law, but refuses to do it and prevents the state from doing it, then it may be time. It's not just a federal border; it's a state border too. And the state has a right and a duty to protect it's border and it's citizens. A job for which the federal government has abdicated responsibility. The people of Arizona are under siege from an invading army of drug dealers, rapists, murderers, thieves, and human smugglers. They have the right to protect themselves by any means necessary and I support them 100%.

NewHere
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NewHere 05/01/10 - 09:12 am
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The editorial staff of the ac

The editorial staff of the ac Is dilusional.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 05/01/10 - 09:13 am
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All the red flags with the

All the red flags with the May Day demonstrators say lots.

JohnRandolphHardisonCain
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 05/01/10 - 09:46 am
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dichotomy, your prescription

dichotomy, your prescription for "secession" could lead to another civil war. I don't think that calling for secession by Texas or any other state or calling for "revolution" is calm or rational. The AC editorial above claims that opponents of the Arizona law need perspective. That is true. Opponents of the law have the right and responsibility to protest the law in a peaceful way. It can even be argued that nonviolent civil disobedience may be a calm, rational, and entirely appropriate action in extreme circumstances.

Now, let's put the shoe on the other foot. It is also beholden on supporters of the Arizona immigration law to act in a calm, rational, and peaceful manner in expressing their support for this law. Should this law be declared unconstitutional or for other reasons never reaches the enforcement stage (because of court injunctions, etc.) is arguing for secession or revolution calm, rational, and peaceful behavior?

In responding to ACES' admonition for opponents of this law to see things in a calm and rational manner, I gave what I think is a calm and rational response in the first post I made above at 5:58 AM. Since that time I believe several supporters of this law have over responded in an agitated and irrational manner. However the constitutionality of this new law is eventually determined, I see no reason to metaphorically "throw down" over the issue much less take up arms. I agree with ACES that peaceful resolution of this issue is imperative. The responsibility for that falls to supporters and opponents of Arizona's immigration law alike.

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effete elitist liberal 05/01/10 - 09:51 am
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Ditto on those ridiculing

Ditto on those ridiculing ACES's claims to "perspective" and "rationality,"
embarrassing on their face. The intellectual dishonesty of this editorial is clear in the assertion that AZ legislators "clarified" the language of their law. They didn't "clarify" anything; they changed it! The most obvious is the change from language allowing, no requiring, AZ police to ask individuals for proof of citizenship when the officers are "in contact" with suspected illegals. AZ's legislature, facing sure court intervention, caved, backtracking to demanding citizenship papers of individuals stopped for other unspecified crimes. The other change, forbidding "racial profiling," is grandstanding at its worst. I guess AZ police officers will just have to question a couple of Japanese tourists, or northerners, to prove their ethnic even-handedness.... What a joke. No doubt Mike Ryan was perfectly happy with the law's original language. Now, he is trying to spin the changes AZ lawmakers were forced into as making a great law even greater! That's a lie, of course: ACES almost certainly would have preferred the original language creating a racial dragnet targeting Hispanics. No matter, the entire law, in whatever guise, will probably be struck down in federal court. Read your Constitution: it gives the federal government total control over immigration, and whether the feds act or not is constitutionally irrelevant.

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carcraft 05/01/10 - 10:36 am
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Lets see- The left loves

Lets see- The left loves health care reform that requires you to register your proof of health insurance with the IRS or face fines, you have to show ID to cash a checke, get your water service in Augusta, fly on an airplane, open a bank account, or get a job but boy a cop stopping you for a legitimate reason and asking for ID is the ressurection of the Third Reich! Meanwhile tax payers are supposed to shell out BILLIONS of dollars (Califorinia over 10 billion dollars due to illegals) to provide health care, education (even allowing in state tuition for illegals and their children when you and I can't send our children out of state and get instate tuition fees). I think that these folks need to go to Mexico and see how IMMIGRANTS to Mexico are treated!

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chipshirley 05/01/10 - 10:43 am
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Republicans Who Have Declared

Republicans Who Have Declared AZ Bill UNCONSTITUTIONAL...

1. Marco Rubio

2. Jeb Bush

3. Karl Rove

4. Michael Gerson (Bush speechwriter)

5. Mark McKinnon (Bush Campaign Manager)

No one writing here or writing on this editorial even try to explain why these Republican leaders AGREE 100% WITH PRESIDENT OBAMA !

The Chronocle should do a story about conservatives who can't deal with reality.

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GAterp 05/01/10 - 10:43 am
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Is the Augusta Chronicle

Is the Augusta Chronicle owned by Billy Morris or Rupert Murdoch?

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justthefacts 05/01/10 - 10:54 am
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chip, after a quick search of

chip, after a quick search of Rubio and Bush comments, I saw nowhere they said the bill was unconstitutional. I didn't bother with the others, probably the same.

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dani 05/01/10 - 10:54 am
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I can see Obama defending the

I can see Obama defending the illegals - he wants the votes. But the ordinary AA's will drop even further down on the economic ladder. Can't they see that?

jack
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jack 05/01/10 - 12:09 pm
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Obumbler's approach to this

Obumbler's approach to this is right out of Alinsky's playbook for radicals by making this a political hot potato. As dead fish Emmanuel, Obumbler's right hand man has said, take advantage of every crisis and AZ has a crisis on its hands with over 400,000 illegals there. Same with Goldman Sachs to get the publics attention away from Obumblercare that was shoved down our throats aaand get the DIMocRAT/Obumbler banking reform (takeover) of the banking system..

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carcraft 05/01/10 - 12:11 pm
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I really get a kick out of

I really get a kick out of JRHC and Chipshirley- Where did your talking points come from because I can find no where that Rubio called the Arizona law unconstitutional! Care to quote a source and inform me? Rubio has concerns about the law and says he understands the law-Illegals cost Arizona about a billion dollars a year and more when you consider the crime that comes with it..so please quote a source and I will wait and wait and wait..like usual do..

jack
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jack 05/01/10 - 12:11 pm
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Cherp, I heard Rove on this

Cherp, I heard Rove on this subject and he never said it was unconstitutional.

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