Listen to the first minutes of Senator Russell Pearce’s acceptance speech for the Annie Taylor Award. Reflect on the time he talks about when he was growing up. Now imagine what kind of response he would have received if he had introduced SB 1070, the now infamous Arizona law which the Obama administration has gone to war against, back then. Would it have even gotten headlines? Or would it have simply been obvious — just common sense?
It’s a silly scenario of course. Fifty years ago there wouldn’t have been a need for a state to step in and do what the federal government is supposed to take care of.