Tuesday, July 05, 2005

AZ Governor Has a Another Chance To Do The Right Thing

If you think that recent decisions by various courts around the country completely disregarding the wishes of the voters is bad enough, wait till you read this latest scheme by Arizona governor Janet Napolitano to suppress the voter’s wishes on curbing illegal immigration.

Last November, the voters of Arizona passed Proposition 200, which was a measure to deny state funded public benefits to individuals who could not prove United States citizenship and to require proof of U.S. citizenship in order to vote in any election. Since the passage of this measure by the state’s voters, Gov. Napolitano and her Attorney General Terry Goddard have worked to redefine the scope of the measure and the governor has vetoed two anti-illegal immigration laws written by the Arizona legislature. In fact, the only law the governor signed off on was to end public funding of day labor centers in the state. Many who would applaud the governor for taking such a stand against illegal immigration would not mention that all of the day labor centers in the state have run exclusively on private funds for the last 10 years. Therefore, her signing of the law accomplishes nothing.

While the judicial branch of government is grabbing the headlines with its move to create new laws and remove others by their rulings instead of strictly interpreting the law, across the country state and local officials are quietly usurping the will of the people on many levels. The suppression of Prop 200 here in Arizona, the eminent domain case in Connecticut, and others are just the latest examples. I am of the opinion that these government officials that blatantly disregard the will of the people should find themselves out of a job the next time they are up for election. The issue of radical judges is another matter and I will address that in an upcoming post.

Folks if your elected officials and not doing what you elected them for then make your voice heard, write your local paper, write the official, start a blog, call talk radio, work a campaign, do something. The reason why we have people on the local and federal level who are not working for us, as they should is simply that when it comes to politics, the American people are lazy. In a large number the American people, get their political news from the MSM or newspapers if then. We are so busy with our lives that we catch the sound bites on the local news and accept it as gospel. It is that kind of complacence that allows terrible politicians to stay in office year after year, and year after year, they become bolder in their disregard for the people that they are supposed to represent.

Now that I have climbed down off my soapbox, let me say this and be on my merry way. If politicians like the pitiful excuse we have for a governor in Arizona are allowed to continue in office with no repercussions then we will wake one day and wonder what in the Hell we have gotten ourselves into. Many people in this country would have you believe that your vote does not count well I beg to differ. In the case of the Washington State governor race last fall, how many people stayed away from the polls and then complained about the results and the resulting fiasco? How many people stayed home from voted in the 2000 Presidential election, then bitched, and moaned about what joke the election had become? I have one thing to say to those people who did not vote or choose not to vote, shut the Hell up. If you did not vote then you have turned your back on the thousands of men and women that have fought and died for our freedom since the American Revolution, you have turned your back on one of the most valued privileges that we enjoy, and frankly, you have wasted your blessing of being an American citizen. Have a great day everyone.

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