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Santayana's warning to learn the lessons of history the easy way rather than the hard way is carved in concrete on the steps of the Yavapai Courthouse in Prescott. Apparently no one making immigration policy in Phoenix or DC has visited there recently. The first civil war in our country was dark people's rights versus states' rights versus white people's rights versus federal supremacy. Sound familiar? Because we could be on the verge of a rerun having learned nothing from that dark period. I know of one Tucson household where the two domestic partners would end up on opposing sides if a blue and a gray army would draw up sides over the rights of illegal aliens to keep doing what 12 million have already done.
If we woke tomorrow in the star trek future where all want, need, poverty, coveting of resources and exploitation of raw materials miraculously were equalized and obviated, it would not matter who lived where. Americans could move to Canada if we chose. North Koreans could move to Japan. Turks to France, Somalis to Italy. . .you get the idea. But see how far you might get crossing to the north for the better health care and sane civilized behavior now in our 2010 pre-United Federation of Planets reality. You can't. There is no electric fence at the Canadian border, but there is force of arms to deter that which is allowed, encouraged, defended, prayed for and openly advocated down here.
The defense of the indefensible will continue in the abstract on these pages and in cyberspace until some flashpoint ignites this invisible gas and blows the doors down. Thank you Tucson Weekly for opening the valves and handing everybody a BIC to flick. What we need are hard answers to unhappy questions; not warm and fuzzy "human faces" to feel sorry for. Talk to some thoughtful people who are willing to be quoted by name, and print their ideas for a peaceful way to back out of this methane filled cave while we still can. Whoever "anonymous" is, his or her actions and self-righteousness are a poor model for anyone to follow. --Thomas Higgins

Posted by thomash on 08/02/2010 at 10:58 PM

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