Saturday, April 24, 2010

The embarrassment that is Arizona's government

Letter to my state reps...

As a long time Arizonan -- I can't remember being more embarrassed about being a resident of this state.

I moved here more than 17 years ago to start an Aerospace Engineering firm that employs more than 50 people. I, along with my co-owner, are simply appalled at the latest round of 'legislation' that has come out of the state.

At a time when budgets and services are in disarray, this body busies itself with non-sense (i.e. - requiring birth certificates for presidential candidates!!!). Additionally, the immigration bill just signed into law is an affront to the idea of liberty. I simply cannot understand how conservatives decry our "loss of liberty" because of new regulations on insurance companies, while at the same time enacting legislation that requires a people of a free nation to produce 'papers' on demand to law enforcement to "prove they have the right to be here". How can you justify such an blatant affront to the idea of liberty?

My father spent 2 years fighting against such non-sense -- in the form of imperial Japan... and I have seen 2 tours in central Iraq (as a Navy officer) dealing with the remnants of a similarly oppressive government.

Of course there are aliens here illegally. Just as there are wanted criminals walking our streets. But neither reality gives the state the right to stop people on the street to ask for identification. We are free FIRST... there is no guarantee to security in either the state or federal constitution. To sacrifice liberty for the illusion of 'security' is simply pandering to the lowest impulses in our society.

That our own state would pass such blatantly un-American and unconstitutional legislation -- that will surely be over-turned by the courts at a cost to the AZ tax-payers -- simply convinces me that this state's governance does not possess a modicum of common sense or a basic understanding of what it means to live in a free country.



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