SB1070 Trumps Federal Law?

That’s the gist of the lawsuit pressed by the US Department of Justice against Arizona’s new law SB 1070.  Oddly, after all the talk of how the new law was racist and would encourage, even require racism, there is no talk at all of racism in the Federal suit against our state. Instead, the objection is that Arizona’s law, which mirrors the federal law already on the books, somehow attempts to trump that law, or, is “pre-empted” by it.

On Sunday, July 11, Attorney General Eric Holder was on Face the Nation with Bob Schieffer and the conversation was quite … telling.

“The solution that the Arizona Legislature came up is inconsistent with our Federal Constitution,” say Holder in that interview. And yet, the law is the same as the law already on the books. Perhaps, but, according to Holder, “It is the responsibility of the federal government to decide immigration policy…”

But… at issue is the fact that there is a federal law that makes it illegal to cross our borders without going through proper channels and the feds simply are not enforcing the law drawn and passed by our Congress. Is that the “policy” then? To not enforce the law of the land?

Holder continues:

“We have a an immigration policy that takes in a whole variety of things. International relations, national security concerns, and it is the responsibility of the federal government as opposed to states on a patchwork basis to decide exactly what it is our policy should be with respect to immigration.”

I am impressed by the convolution of  his answer, little of which has to do with the obvious issue… and yet says much about the way the Constitution and our system of government is under attack today.

Schieffer though, ignores this point and hurries on to the racial issue, saying — erroneously — that SB 1070 allows a policeman to stop someone he thinks might be an illegal. No, the police can’t just stop whomever. The person or persons have to be breaking some other law for the police to stop them and if in the course of dealing with that the officer has reasonable justification in suspecting the person might be here illegally, he has the right to ask them to show their documentation.

To his credit, Schieffer does ask, given his  — and many other people’s (note all the wailing done about how people going out to the ice cream store with their kids are going to get stopped and harassed because of this law) erroneous assumption, why the Department of Justice didn’t file on the basis of racial profiling. Holder’s response was classic. “Well we wanted to go with what we thought was our strongest initial argument.” LOL. Because the racist argument holds no water, they had to go with the pre-emption thing.

“Are you saying states have no responsibility in enforcing immigration,” Schieffer asked, “that that’s solely the responsibility of the Federal government?”

And Holder says that “states and locals can certainly help, but can’t pass laws inconsistent with or do things that contravene federal policy when it comes to the enforcement of our immigration laws.”

In other words, when the federal government’s policy is not to enforce the federal, congress-generated immigration laws, he doesn’t think states should be able to, either. And furthermore, “if you look at the guts of SB 1070, there are a whole variety of things that are inconsistent…” not with federal law but… “with what we have decided to do as a federal government…”

What WE have decided to do as a federal government. Whoa! No rule of law there. Congress? Who are they? We’re in power now and we’ll do what we please.

Which is exactly how the Ruling Class, as mentioned in the article in The American Spectator I linked to last week does it. They think it’s their right. Their duty. They don’t believe in representative government. They believe only they have the intelligence and ability to decide what’s right, not a bunch of yahoos who aren’t rich, aren’t Ivy league educated, don’t have liberalism’s enlightened views and worst of all, actually believe in God and the Bible.

It’s just like having King George again!

… And on that subject, I have now read the American Spectator article American’s Ruling Class — and the Perils of Revolution in entirety. Iit printed out to 22 pages, nevertheless I highly recommend everyone read it. Last week Rush Limbaugh dubbed it an “important” article and he rarely calls anything like that important. But he’s right. It is. A few quotes won’t do it.

As I read it I saw over and over how right the author Angelo Codevilla) was. There IS a ruling class, and they DO disrespect the “country” class. Can’t hardly even understand us. Don’t want, to, either, because to them we’re just a bunch of Yahoos. It’s why they DESPISE Sarah Palin. She’s not part of the elite. It explains the business with SP1070. And the actions not only of our current administration, but also of the Washington DC Republicans. It’s the new aristocracy, our very own lords and ladies, dukes and duchesses, counts and countesses, princes and princesses.  Right here in America, the very thing our founders and forefathers came here to escape, the thing they said would never be again.

I recommend printing the piece up (there’s a little red box in the upper right hand corner of the article, under the picture) and then reading it in parts, until you reach the end. (You can also underline particularly exciting passages that way!)  It’s so crammed full of information and observations it deserves one’s full attention.  Here’s the link again:  “America’s Ruling Class and the Perils of Revolution.”

Prepare to be blown away by how so many things fall into place.

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7 Responses to “SB1070 Trumps Federal Law?”


  1. 1 live independent July 25, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    I lived on the Arizona border for 35 yrs of my life and it became apparent that no administration was eager to enforce the written law. When you see the current administration pick and choose which laws it wants to enforce, voter intimidation comes to mind, Arizona knew it couldn’t wait for the next pandering president to roll down pike and spew campaign promises.

    • 2 karenhancock July 27, 2010 at 11:56 am

      “…pandering president to… spew campaign promises.”

      Hmmm…Kinda like one of our senators who’s currently up for re-election?

  2. 3 Nona King July 26, 2010 at 7:59 am

    Karen~ thank you for the link [again]. My husband and I are going to read this through together and have a discussion. It is absolutely frightening the direction our country has taken. At times I suffer from despair and an overpowering feeling of helplessness.

    God save our country!

    • 4 karenhancock July 27, 2010 at 11:56 am

      Cool! I hope you find it fruitful.

      I find our decline sad, but at the same time exciting, because I see every day more and more signs we are in the End Times and our Lord and King will soon be coming back.

      2 Ti 3:1ff But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents (and all authority, really) ungrateful (entitlement mentality?), ungodly (or unspiritual; not living the spiritual life), unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips (try the news or cable channels — it’s become an institution), without self-control, brutal, haters of good…

      Well you get the point!

  3. 5 Gayle Coble July 27, 2010 at 9:41 am

    I am grateful that I know God’s permissive will is going forth. Things are certainly different in our nation, but His promises to the believer are never changing. Unlike our government that now is under going the “CHANGE” that the voters of the last presidential election sought. I am so thankful for TRUTH!

    • 6 karenhancock July 27, 2010 at 11:56 am

      I always love to hear your voice in the comments, Gayle!

      What I found fascinating in the American Spectator article is the tracing of this “change” which didn’t begin with the last election. When you read it and see the way it was orchestrated, not so much by people, in my opinion, as by the unseen “world forces of darkness” it really brings home the necessity of being grounded in that Truth. When Pastor Joe mentioned on Sunday about how people always screw up whatever system they become a part of, I thought of the article, as a play by play for how it is done.

      And then last night I read another article about how Obama had this mysterious charisma that just happened to come along at the right time, and people just bought in to something that wasn’t even there… [The Weekly Standard’s Unpresidential President — http://www.weeklystandard.com/articles/unpresidential-president ]

  4. 7 Gayle Coble July 28, 2010 at 10:26 am

    Never doubt the workings of the kingdom of darkness. I too, zeroed in on Pastor Joe’s comment about our human ability to ruin any system. [All I have to do is look at my own bad decisions and then remind myself He knew each and everyone of them in eternity past] I thought of how man’s different lusts always are in play. Lust versing divine wisdom is the battlefield fought in the soul of man. Without Truth there is not much of a fight. Without virtue even the believer is a loser. Lock and load. Out battle is not against flesh and blood!


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