The Face of Hatred
It all comes out when Arizona's Republican governor, Jan Brewer, gets angry. She becomes the new poster woman for immigrant-bashers, and for Latinos and other immigrants, she shows the new face of hatred. It's not a pretty sight!
We saw it last week when the governor learned that the Justice Department is getting ready to sue her state for passing a law that usurps the power of the federal government to determine immigration policy.
When Brewer heard the news, her reaction surely made conservative extremists proud. Although some kind of Justice Department intervention was widely expected, Brewer found a new reason to lash out against the Obama administration.
Because the first confirmation of the impending federal lawsuit came from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during a TV interview in Ecuador, Brewer apparently felt she had a new excuse to rally her conservative followers.
"This is no way to treat the people of Arizona," the governor said in a statement. "To learn of this lawsuit through an Ecuadorean interview with the secretary of state is just outrageous. If our own government intends to sue our state to prevent illegal immigration enforcement, the least it can do is inform us before it informs the citizens of another nation."
It was a clear effort to appeal to conservative isolationists, those who want the wall around their minds to be built around the entire country.
Apparently, it doesn't even dawn on Brewer that Arizona has stained America's image around the world or that when all her cheap theatrics are over, it will be up to the State Department to clean up the mess she and other Arizona Republicans have created.
In Latin America, where anti-U.S. sentiments perhaps were already at an all-time high, polls show that Arizona's heinous SB 1070 has turned many more people against us.
So what if Clinton revealed the lawsuit that everyone expected? Why get worked up because she happened to be in Ecuador when she said it?
The governor of Arizona, up for re-election, is playing the race card every turn she gets. In the past few weeks, when there have been opportunities for her to make peace with her critics and ease the boycott against her state, she has continued to fan the flames of racism. It doesn't appear to matter how much her state will lose in legal fees and as a result of the boycott-slowed economy; she claims to be determined to fight the case all the way to the Supreme Court.
If Brewer gets her way, if huge numbers of immigrants — legal and illegal — are forced to flee from Arizona, she will go down in infamy for instituting America's first statewide ethnic cleansing program.
At least five lawsuits have been filed against SB 1070, which has many reasons to be quashed by the courts. Lawyers for various civil rights organizations are seeking an injunction while their cases are heard. But the weight of the Justice Department — and the argument that only the federal government can make — is necessary in this fight. It's the federal government that has to establish that under this state law, Arizona would be interfering with federal authority, and that's the strongest case against SB 1070.
In fact, a federal response is long overdue. And for putting pressure on the Justice Department to finally serve Brewer with the lawsuit she earned, the only one who deserves praise is Clinton. Go figure!
But when the federal government finally goes to court against Arizona, please watch Gov. Brewer closely. You'll see the poster woman of immigrant-bashers, a political opportunist playing the race card. You'll see the face of hatred.
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