Through the social media such as Facebook and Twitter, one can gain a little insight into the mindset of elected officials at all levels of government. As a New Jerseyan, I follow Governor Chris Christie through his Twitter feed, and frequently share my feelings about his actions, agree or disagree. Another one who interests me, or did once upon a time, is Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, whom I follow via her Facebook page.
The first thing that got me interested was Governor Brewer’s rhetoric regarding the federal government’s handling of illegal immigration. My interested doubled when SB1070 was signed into law. The federal government was (and still is) doing little to nothing about our porous borders, and the costs were (and still are) passed down to state and local governments. Arizona, being a border state, is one of those especially affected. Echoes of the grievance in the Declaration of Independence, “He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection,” seem to rise throughout Phoenix, Tucson and other cities throughout the state.
The federal government’s response was to sue the state of Arizona, essentially saying, “You can’t enforce the laws we have on the books!” Why isn’t that applied to the NDAA or drug laws? The Obama Administration and the State Department even reported Arizona to the United Nations! While appalling, this should not be surprising from a President who seeks UN and NATO approval for military action, but not from Congress. Continue Reading →