So, as you may have heard, Eric Holder and his merry band of the Justice Department lawyers have decided to sue the state of Arizona over it's new anti-brown people/pro-xenophobia law that makes it illegal for police to not harass people of the brown-skin-colored persuasion.
Almost makes you a little misty-eyed, doesn't it? To see our government actually taking an active role in the protection of obvious-and-shouldn't-have-to-be-protected civil liberties?
Oh, that's not the stated reason for the lawsuit. Sorry, I'm an idiot. I forgot for a second that this was America. Okay, so why is the Department of Justice suing Arizona?
"Arizonans are understandably frustrated with illegal immigration” and the federal government should address those concerns, Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement. "But diverting federal resources away from dangerous aliens such as terrorism suspects and aliens with criminal records will impact the entire country's safety."
"Setting immigration policy and enforcing immigration laws is a national responsibility,” Holder said. "Seeking to address the issue through a patchwork of state laws will only create more problems than it solves."
But that's only part of the reason, right? We're also doing it because of the glaringly flagrant attack on civil liberties, right?
Entirely absent from the government’s argument, though, is any claim that the law encourages officers to racially profile Hispanic residents and violate their Fourth Amendment protection from unreasonable searches — the aspects of the law that many people find the most objectionable.
Oh, I see. We shouldn't oppose Arizona's new law because, as Americans, we make it our priorities to protect the rights of our fellow citizens to be free from unnecessary and unethical harassment from the police based upon their skin-color. No, we should oppose Arizona's new new law because of BE AFRAID! AAAAAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!! Hang on. Give me a second to readjust my priorities. Okay, how's this?
This law is gonna what?! Divert federal resources away from blowing up terrorists with bazookas?! We cannot have that! Somebody needs to protect me and my iPhone4 from being terroristed in the face by terrorists! I am an American, and I have rights!!!
So, anyway, that's the angle the DOJ decided to take on this one. Probably a winning strategy, all things considered.
Tags: Arizona, Bill of Rights, Constitution, Eric Holder, Laws, Obama Administration, Racism, Terrorism