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I “Heart” Sarah P!

Sarah Palin in Rosemont, May 12, 2010.

I love Sarah Palin! To me, she’s a car wreck that I love watching. She’s a lot of sound bites without any substance. She was put in a very difficult position in 2008– which, rumor has it, she did little work to make her position more tenable by actually learning the bulk of information she needed to know– but she has cashed in on that position, by quitting her job as governor of Alaska and putting in for her new position: Republican Know It All #2, behind only Rush (all hail), while ahead of Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck.

So imagine my shock when I found myself nodding my head to something she was saying. What’s wrong with me? I agree with Sarah Palin?! I recently agreed with Dennis Byrne; who’s Kool-Aid am I drinking?

But Sarah was absolutely correct in coming down hard on the Highland Park school board. If you haven’t heard, Highland Park’s school board took the liberty of cancelling a December trip to Arizona for its girls basketball team, citing security concerns. Although the Board also made a statement that it finds the Arizona immigration law to be against its values and beliefs. I’m betting rather than security concerns, a couple people in Highland Park decided to make a political statement and cancel this trip.

Now, in general, Highland Park is doing what others who disagree with this law should do– and what conservatives have always said people should do with cities or states that pass bad laws, hit them where it hurts: the pocketbook. Conservatives are blasting the Highland Park Board for making a decision that they would ask its followers to do if California outlawed gun ownership: boycott. Less money flowing to the state will hurt the state and show our displeasure.

Conservatives also want less federal government intrusion and more self governance. Which is also going on in Highland Park– a smaller government of the people made a decision. Highland Park is not being told what to do by the large federal government, rather taking home rule to heart and making decisions for themselves.

But, I agree with Sarah. Highland Park got it wrong. The people who made this decision put children in the middle of politics. And not only children, but children playing a game– a game they love. Let them play. Take politics out of the classroom– or at the very least, don’t force your politics on other people’s children.

Reasonable people can disagree on this law. I believe the law is seriously flawed as it creates a suspect class of people (and therefore probably unconstitutional), but I also think had Congress and the President done anything about the problem that is illegal immigration, this bad law would not have been necessary.

But Sarah is right: these kids should go rogue (I can’t believe I’m saying that!) If for no other reason than to let the school board know that they cannot and should not insert their political beliefs onto other families within the school district. Had the team voted not to go to Arizona, then that’s their right to make a political stand, but having a girls’ basketball team make the political stand for others– that’s just cowardly.

I stand with Sarah (yes, that was a shiver up my spine).

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Comment from Benito
Time May 13, 2010 at 9:41 pm

I hope that every American, regardless of where he lives, will stop and examine his conscience about this and other related incidents. This Nation was founded by men of many nations and backgrounds. It was founded on the principle that all men are created equal, and that the rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened. All of us ought to have the right to be treated as he would wish to be treated, as one would wish his children to be treated, but this is not the case.

I know the proponents of this law say that the majority approves of this law, but the majority is not always right. Would women or non-whites have the vote if we listen to the majority of the day, would the non-whites have equal rights (and equal access to churches, housing, restaurants, hotels, retail stores, schools, colleges and yes water fountains) if we listen to the majority of the day? We all know the answer, a resounding, NO!

Today we are committed to a worldwide struggle to promote and protect the rights of all who wish to be free. In a time of domestic crisis men of good will and generosity should be able to unite regardless of party or politics and do what is right, not what is just popular with the majority. Some men comprehend discrimination by never have experiencing it in their lives, but the majority will only understand after it happens to them.

Comment from Chris P.
Time May 15, 2010 at 11:33 am

So now what Benito? I agree with most of what you say, but where does that leave us with undocumented immigrants? They are still breaking the law. It doesn’t have to do with whether the majority of Arizonans agrees with the law, the issue truly is what are we going to do about illegal immigration? Is the answer amnesty? Is it deportation? Does it lie somewhere in between? I am against amnesty as it provides no incentive for immigrants to come to our country legally. Deportation of 11 million people isn’t practical. so its soemwhere in between But I tire of the entitlements that illegal immigrants think they have in our nation. When you came in, you took a risk, knew the rules, so if you get caught, you’re going back. If you want entitlements: come in legally.

Comment from roaxiatot
Time May 16, 2010 at 2:26 pm

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I’ve been around for quite a lot of time, but finally decided to show my appreciation of your work!

Thumbs up, and keep it going!

Cheers
Christian

Comment from Benito
Time May 17, 2010 at 8:20 pm

“All Men are created equal”! The founders had it right, when attempting to form a perfect union and they also knew that they were not there yet but knew we one day would get there. Lincoln moved us forward as did JFK and LBJ. This Nation was founded by men of many nations and backgrounds. It was founded on the principle that all men are created equal, and that the rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened.

It is my contention that this AZ law is not constitutional and will fail when challenged (unless, of course, they keep adding more amendments), pretty funny for this so called perfect law.

As for the undocumented workers, as Ronald Reagan said “It’s the Economy, Stupid”. When the economy is good we say lets all celebrate “Cinco de Mayo, my brothers” but when we are in a downturn “it’s all your fault, you damn immigrants”. This too will pass. The real problem are the narcos/drug and people smugglers thats what they focus should be on.

Don’t you find it funny that noone ever voted for Governor Brewer, its all about getting politics, do not be fooled.

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