Rep. Judy Burges [R=Skull Valley] amended Senate Bill 1024 to include a requirement that Arizona’s Secretary of State inspect a presidential candidate’s birth certificate before that candidate could qualify for the ballot.
Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett…expressed concern about Burges’ amendment, saying that creating state-level eligibility requirements to run for federal office could violate the U.S. Constitution. “While everyone has an interest in ensuring that only eligible citizens run for president, there are obvious issues with states implementing what could become a patchwork of different tests for a presidential candidate to prove his/her citizenship,” said Bennett’s spokesman, Matthew Benson, in an e-mail. –AZVentral.com
Seems like the inmates have seized control of the desert asylum. This is right on the heels of crafting a bill (still awaiting the Governor’s signature or veto) which basically renders Arizona into a police state:
It would make not having immigration documents a new state misdemeanor, and allow officers to arrest anyone who could not immediately prove they were here legally. That means if you are brown-skinned and leave home without a wallet, you are in trouble….The bill would require police officers who have “reasonable suspicion” about someone’s immigration status to demand to see documents. And it would empower anyone to sue any state agency or official or any county, city or town that he or she believes is not fully enforcing immigration law. – NYTimes
Vintage wingnuttery! It’s what happens when paranoia, bigotry, and hare-brained ideology combine to drive the power train right down the throats of citizens forced to knuckle under. Not even local law enforcement authorities are happy with this gourmet brew of bozoic fascism, let alone the civil libertarians, who correctly point out that we fought a war over issues like these, and Federal authority trumps any state’s.
A few months ago, Arizona literally seized money contributed privately to the state’s Parks Donation Fund and used it to help close its budget deficit. Bruce Hopkins, an attorney and author on nonprofit governance and law, expressed outrage:
“It sounds like thievery to me,” he said. “On the face of it, it strikes me as being kind of scary, it’s not the state’s money so how they can take it, irrespective of whether they reappropriated it, is beyond me…. The state is obviously not real concerned about donor intent because they just took it. A charity itself couldn’t do this….[the donor’s] intent was the money be used to further the parks and for the state to come along and take the money to reduce the deficit is something that I just can’t understand…. It sounds like they just stole the money, ignored the charitable gift and obviously ignored the donor’s intent and just didn’t care.” —AllBusiness.com
What you see here is that for all their vapid talk about leftwingers expanding government, abusing power, ignoring the will of the majority, and launching a socialist agenda on America, the sacrosanct right, given the opportunity, plays the very game it decries. These three items, one right after the other, reveal profound ignorance of legal process, contempt for the governed, and callous abuse of authority
How come those highly educated anti-government Teabaggers aren’t all over this?