In contempt

Other presidents had contempt for the law, but not to this extent

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The federal government has gone out of its way not to enforce federal immigration law.

The president has used inflammatory rhetoric to try to scare Arizona from protecting itself.

The president, invited to see the border problems for himself, said he doesn't have time. Yet, it's getting difficult to keep up with his and his family's vacation schedule.

Now the administration has gone to a Clinton-appointed federal judge to temporarily block Arizona's efforts to protect itself.

We ask you: Exactly who should be sued?

We think it's the United States government and the Obama administration.

To be sure, the Obama administration is not unlike prior administrations in its negligence to secure the border and its open refusal to follow the Constitution and federal immigration law. But that doesn't make it right, legal or constitutional.

Yet, the Obama administration has gone light years beyond the negligence of its predecessors, by exhibiting repeated and willful hostility toward a sovereign state's efforts to peacefully and legally resolve this problem that is of the federal government's making.

There have been occasional outrages committed by the federal government against the people and their 50 states over our lifetimes, but the assault on Arizona ranks among the most contemptible.

One way or another, this will not stand.

We are encouraged that Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer is stalwart and determined in that state's legal battle with the Obama administration. The state will fight Judge Susan Bolton's overreaching temporary order to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court, and then fight the rest of the lawsuit against it with fervor.

We should all hope Arizona prevails. If a federal government can use the courts to prevent a sovereign state from protecting itself from drug cartel violence and illegal immigrants and all the health care, educational, law enforcement and other societal costs imposed on it, then the fabric of this republic has been rended for all time.

Fact is, it's time to put the federal government on the defensive. Indeed, Brewer was talking this week like a governor going on the offense, suggesting the federal government ought to be forced to do its job rather than trying to stop states from doing it.

In the long-term, we hope this indescribable outrage against the people of Arizona and their elected leaders breathes additional life into the burgeoning states' rights movement. We would simply remind that overwhelming majorities of Arizonans and Americans support Arizona's law -- and that the law in all intents and purposes simply mirrors existing federal law.

The states' rights movement should reinvigorate the 10th Amendment -- which limits federal power and reserves all powers not expressly enumerated in the Constitution to the states or the people.

The Constitution also should be amended to limit the federal government's ability to spend our money beyond our capacity to pay for it -- and to limit congressional terms of office, without which we have seen the explosion of lifelong rulers and their fiefdoms in Washington.

The Declaration of Independence explains that our rights come from God, not any government, and that governments exist purely to secure those rights. It further says that "whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government ..."

Depending on how this Arizona case comes out, many Americans will wonder if that point has been reached.

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dani
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dani 07/29/10 - 10:30 pm
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This will likely backfire on

This will likely backfire on the Obama administration. The resentment build-up will be tremendous.

Chillen
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Chillen 07/29/10 - 10:45 pm
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Progressive/Liberal

Progressive/Liberal Mindset.

San Francisco declares itself a sanctuary city (violating federal law). OK

Arizona implements a law that mirrors the federal law (supporting federal law). Not OK.

Warped & twisted priorities.

soldout
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soldout 07/29/10 - 10:49 pm
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Amen; I know alcohol

Amen; I know alcohol destroys brain cells so some folks in high places in the government and the courts must be having one too many quite often as there is no sense (common or otherwise) in this ruling.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/29/10 - 11:17 pm
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It's as absurd as a Kurt

It's as absurd as a Kurt Vonnegut novel. Surrealism to see our federal government preventing our state governments from going after those who have violated our national borders. This is starting to remind me of Kosovov. It's like a kid's game, Red Rover or something. Rush onto this side and you own it.

ohhsweetconcord
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ohhsweetconcord 07/29/10 - 11:29 pm
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Boooo. Give all the details.

Boooo. Give all the details. The entire bill wasn't blocked. It left important, common sense parts. No sanctuary cities. No hiring from the street.

ohhsweetconcord
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ohhsweetconcord 07/29/10 - 11:49 pm
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I just wish the Chronicle

I just wish the Chronicle wasn't such a partisan hack paper. Surely they can be conservative while also delivering facts. Instead, they're an extension of World Net Daily.

esmc68
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esmc68 07/29/10 - 11:55 pm
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obama understands one thing.

obama understands one thing. A country divided cannot stand. We have seen the enemy and he is obama. Lets put a stop to this horror in November and rid ourselves of it in 2012. Hopefully, there will be enough of our country left to salvage when this obamanation disaster is over. Never has liberty been in such jeopardy. VOTE IN NOVEMBER!!!

sjgraci
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sjgraci 07/30/10 - 12:01 am
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What part of American Citizen

What part of American Citizen don't you understand chronicle?

Typical treasonous secession talk from the real anti-Americans.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/30/10 - 12:44 am
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Every conservative paper in

Every conservative paper in the country has slammed the Obama administration because of this action. Anyway, good luck to all the Democratic Congressmen up for reelection after this. Yeah, buddy.

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GGpap 07/30/10 - 01:01 am
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What I find contemptible is

What I find contemptible is that a major area newspaper openly advocates open rebellion against our government. And, to add to my contempt, the editors try to justify their rants by reference to a God that gives us "our rights" (not defined) in the Declaration of Independence.

I believe the AC should be taken to task for sedition!

As to the question of Arizona's right to override the rights of the government--right or wrong--the question will be resolved in the courts; NOT by the pens of yellow-journalists.

GGpap

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JM88 07/30/10 - 01:06 am
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On its face, it seems

On its face, it seems completely irrational to be against this bill. There is absolutely nothing objectionable about it. But it is part of the Democrats' continual pandering to Hispanics for votes. There is a bleeding heart component to this as well, but the opposition's primary motivation is political.

That strategy, however, will backfire. Many Hispanics living in this country legally support the Arizona law, and most Americans want improved border security. The Obama administration is fighting a losing battle by standing so firmly against this bill, but that's par for the course. They can't see the forest for the trees.

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johnston.cliff 07/30/10 - 04:47 am
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So many lefties want to see

So many lefties want to see America destroyed just because "their guy" wants it destroyed. Wake up Dems, obama is no friend of this country. Socialism has been proven time and again to be a failed system that strangles itself and cripples it's people. Most of Europe is in the process of throwing off the chains of socialism right now after finding, through experience, that it doesn't work. Why move to cripple this country? The obama hates America, does that mean all Dems should show party loyalty and hate this country too? The attack on Arizona makes no sense. The very silly argument made by the feds in Bolton's court made no sense. As a country, we are without leadership. The best that can be said about obama is that his policies of destruction have awakened the indecisive moderates to take a stand for self preservation reasons.
November of this year will change congress. November of 2012 will be our chance to recover from this horrible diversity experiment.

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 07/30/10 - 04:52 am
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Yeah, GGpap, supporting

Yeah, GGpap, supporting federal law is overriding federal law. Brilliant. That's the same nonsensical "reasoning" used by the feds in Bolton's court. No law involved, just party opinions.

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carcraft 07/30/10 - 05:44 am
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One sheriff in Arizona says

One sheriff in Arizona says he will now just enforce the FEDERAL law that is MORE stringent, Arpaio is stating his 17th crime sweep. Obama may have partially won the battle but he is losing the war!

Rhetor
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Rhetor 07/30/10 - 05:52 am
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Last week, you conservatives

Last week, you conservatives and Tea Partiers were saying, restore the Constitution. The court's ruling is firmly based in Article 6, and Amendment 4 of the Constitution. No one who stayed awake in high school government class should be surprised by this ruling. I'm quite sure that Arizona's lawyers knew they didn't have a chance before the hearing even started. Article 6 says, "This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding." What part of that do our so-called conservatives not understand? Amendment 4 tells us, "no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause." What part of that is too hard to understand?

Rhetor
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Rhetor 07/30/10 - 05:54 am
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What's going on with some of

What's going on with some of you conservatives is that you want to preserve your 2nd Amendment right to bear arms, which is fine, but you don't grasp that other people care about the rest of their rights, too.

Rhetor
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Rhetor 07/30/10 - 05:56 am
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Contrary to the uninformed

Contrary to the uninformed ranting in this editorial and in some of the posts, Obama has deported record numbers of aliens. And you're not blaming the real villains here: the thousands of Arizona businesses that hire illegal aliens, and the Arizona cities that previously had knowingly harbored illegal aliens and refused to cooperate with federal authorities. Do note that the judge upheld the ban on sanctuary cities.

slippery 25
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slippery 25 07/30/10 - 06:05 am
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Clinton appointee , Judge

Clinton appointee , Judge Bolton let politics override common sense. I am sure that Obama will secure the Arizona border now that it is confirmed that it is still his job to do so. What a great leader.

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 07/30/10 - 06:16 am
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Rhetor, do I need to point

Rhetor, do I need to point out you contradict yourself? The only thing Bolton ruled on was that the police didn't HAVE to ask about status. In her notes, she made it clear they were within their rights to follow the law and ask about legal papers if they wished. The half hearted mumblings of Bolton will be thrown out by the supreme court.

ohhsweetconcord
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ohhsweetconcord 07/30/10 - 06:35 am
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Rhode Island already does

Rhode Island already does that Johnston and its legal. Arizona law goes further than any previous law, including federal. Period. That Arapio guy is a loon as well.

There are elements in this bill that are unconstitutional. I don't care if you don't like what the constitution says or that you think useful policy counters it. This is just like in the case of torture. Conservatives, liberals, whatever don't give a lick about the constitution until it serves their purpose. Stop invoking it.

Rhetor
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Rhetor 07/30/10 - 06:40 am
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Cliff, the feds recommend

Cliff, the feds recommend that naturalized citizens keep papers in a safe place like a safe deposit box. This isn't Nazi Germany, and you don't need to carry papers in the US. You are, in typical conservative fashion, quoting out of context so as to distort the judge's ruling.

Rhetor
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Rhetor 07/30/10 - 06:41 am
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Concord, I have read our

Concord, I have read our constitution many times and I do care about it. If we stop invoking it, what happens to our form of government?

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carcraft 07/30/10 - 06:46 am
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Rhetor-So the government can

Rhetor-So the government can mandate health care in violation of the the tenth Amendment but Arizona can't pass a law based on the federal law? LOL Got any koolaid left I'm starting to need some....

OnlyinAgs2
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OnlyinAgs2 07/30/10 - 06:53 am
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Wow not one word mention

Wow not one word mention about Bush's part in it, I saw Clinton and Obama's name LOL. Why did you editors leave off Bush's name shouldn't it have been included?

ohhsweetconcord
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ohhsweetconcord 07/30/10 - 06:59 am
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Carcraft, I've thinking you

Carcraft, I've thinking you been drinking at the troth plenty long.

So, in your opinion, two wrongs make a right?

southernguy08
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southernguy08 07/30/10 - 07:02 am
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ONLYIN, FYI, BUSH IS NOT
Unpublished

ONLYIN, FYI, BUSH IS NOT PRESIDENT ANYMORE! And GGAP, why aren't you equally outraged with the Federal government's refusal to protect our borders from foreign invasion? WAKE UP PEOPLE, THESE "UNDOCUMENTED" PEOPLE WILL KEEP COMING UNLESS WE STOP THEM!

Runner46
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Runner46 07/30/10 - 07:10 am
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The Arizona law was not stuck

The Arizona law was not stuck down, only parts of it were put ON HOLD. Now, the court case can begin. The court will decide if aliens residing in our country need to carry their papers (part of federal law), decide if a non-federal officer can ask to see ID papers if a person has committed some other offense (part of many nationwide police stops today). Jailers should be able to ask immigration status of detainees. It's part of the job. This court case could set law enforcement on minimus, and more criminals will be on the streets depending on the outcome. We should all watch this case very carefully.

Tigger_The_Tiger
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Tigger_The_Tiger 07/30/10 - 07:11 am
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Why isn't the President suing

Why isn't the President suing CA for passing a law that legalizes marijuana.....even though it violates federal law? AZ's law requires police to enforce federal law, but CA is openly violating it....but no law suit? I guess there are more illegals that vote than potheads.

And concord.....tell us what elements are unconstitutional.

Runner46
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Runner46 07/30/10 - 07:16 am
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To note: I have read from

To note: I have read from several sources that Georgia has more illegal aliens within our state than there are in the entire State of Arizona. Illegal aliens are not only Arizona's problem. Once this case with Arizona is settled, the State of Georgia needs to put in place a comprehensive immigration enforcement law, too. I don't expect the feds to do much more than what they have in the past. The Obama administration is still toying with a blanket Presidential amnesty for all illegals. I would expect that an abuse of Presidential power impeachment won't be far off if Obama signs it.

OnlyinAgs2
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OnlyinAgs2 07/30/10 - 07:26 am
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southernguy08 if that's the

southernguy08 if that's the case with Bush, then surely the editors should have left Clinton's name out of the article, what you think?Geez. Again to the editors where is Bush's name in this article, you seem to blame Clinton and Obama why not Bush he is just as guilty.

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