Legitimate Concern vs. Tired Old Rhetoric

The new Arizona law regarding illegal immigrants has created some discussion in conservative circles: there are those—Florida Senate candidate Marco Rubio among them—who have expressed concerns over possible misapplication of the law. Legitimate concerns should always be expressed, and the discussion over them should be civil. Rubio has done so. He also noted that the Arizona legislature moved to amend the bill to ensure that no one can use race as a basis for carrying out the law.

As Rubio correctly noted on Fox News Sunday, Arizona citizens are now suffering from the extension of a drug war in Mexico; it’s spilling over into their state. He understands that they acted out of genuine concern for safety.

There are others, however, who have little interest in a civil debate. They simply see racism in anything that attempts to curb the flood of illegal immigration or any civil protest against the encroachments of the federal government.

I’m getting rather numbed by that tired old rhetoric. I’m hopeful that its overuse will doom it to oblivion very soon.

The reality is this: there is a blatant political component behind the desire to look the other way as the illegal activities continue. Here are a couple of examples that explain the politics of it rather well.

The goal is actually rather transparent. He who pays is boss. To whom much is owed, much will be repaid—in future elections.