Rep. Gabrielle Giffords
This past weekend was filled with shock and sadness as 20 people were shot in Tuscon, Ariz., including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. Of those 20 people shot, six of them died. Among the dead were a federal judge and a nine-year-old girl by the name of Christina Green.
Giffords, many may not know this, is known as a “Blue Dog Democrat” — or a fiscally conservative Democrat — and sometimes votes along with the Republicans. One of which includes her colleague John McCain, also an Arizonan. The gunman was identified as Jared Lee Loughner. He was charged with the attempted assassination of Rep. Giffords, and the killings of six people.
The shooting of Rep. Giffords is a grim reminder of the consequences of the use of “second-amendment remedies” as we have heard from the Tea Party candidates. In the 1960s, the airwaves were filled with news of assassinations. John F. Kennedy, his brother Bobby, Malcolm X, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., et al were among those who were assassinated in the 1960s. If we learned something from those tragedies, it’s this: we must tread lightly when mentioning the second amendment, that is, the right to bear arms.
Too bad I fell asleep before the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner was over last night. President Barack Obama and Jay Leno both exchanged jabs while also poking fun at rival and Arizona senator John McCain for claiming he was not identified as a “maverick”.
Although the immigration reform in Arizona should be taken serious, you really have to laugh when Obama quipped that “we know what happens in Arizona when you don’t have an ID. … Adios amigos.” Yes, a law is about to be passed in Arizona, allowing police to track down suspecting persons trying to sneak into this country through Arizona by, get this, their shoes! WTF, ‘Zona?! What’s next, they gonna pan down on Linda Chavez’s feet, even if she’s wearing flip-flops?
Raúl Grijalva (Courtesy AP Photo).
Arizona can now count me out as a tourist.
A law signed by Arizona’s Republican Governor Jan Brewer allows police to question anyone in the southwestern border state they believe may be an illegal immigrant, even if they are not suspected of committing another crime. If stopped by police, the persons suspected of being illegal immigrants must show a document proving their legal status, like a “green card” permanent residency document or a passport. To think, the police don’t have a valid reason to pull over anyone for sneaking into the country — even if they were born in the United States, let alone Arizona.
Don’t get me wrong: I don’t mind being stopped by the police, but it’d better be a legitimate reason for them to stop me. And the color of my skin ain’t one of them. The bill becoming law infuriated democrats in Arizona, especially Congressman Raúl Grijalva. He vowed to “overturn this unjust and racist law.”
Addressing the demonstrators, U.S. Democratic Congressman Luis Gutierrez from Illinois said the controversial law would not take effect for 90 days. “In these 90 days, we will demonstrate our solidarity,” he said, addressing the protesters in Spanish. “That’s why we are here.”
To make matters worse for Arizona, a group of vandals smeared a swastika made of refried beans onto the glass doors of the Arizona State Capitol Building. That is hate. That is racism. Racism and hate have no merit in this country. This is the 21st century. Let’s all grow the hell up and focus on the economy.