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Da man v. da man (this’ll be good)

28 November 2007

Trotsky said somewhere, “the oppressed seldom rebel”. I think his point was that to have a decent revolution you have to piss the establishment off. Out in Arizona, it sounds like the anti-immigration folks are making a dandy stab at doing just that:

Several weeks ago I attended a rally for an Arizona ballot proposal that would permanently and irrevocably rescind a company’s business license the very first time it hired an illegal immigrant.

What I encountered at the Support Legal Arizona Workers’ rally was shocking and egregious. Speeches soaked with hateful, angry racist tones and dialogue. Eyes closed, listening to the roar of inflammatory rhetoric and sermonizing, I could have easily mistaken myself to be at one of David Duke’s Ku Klux Klan rallies in Baton Rouge, La.

The author is Barry M. Goldwater, Jr., son of the right-wing icon. The real conservatives (like Goldwater) who are relatively sane (though misguided) are getting downright feisty out there in Arizona. Or else turning into merry prankster anarchists:

Lonewacko (a good source for opposition research) reports that a bunch of commies — The Arizona Contractors Association, the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Arizona Farm Bureau Federation and the Arizona Restaurant and Hospitality Association –are incensed over a “new Arizona law set to go in effect on January 1. The law would require employers to use the federal e-Verify system to verify the identities of new hires; if they knowingly hire illegal workers their business licenses could be suspended or revoked.”

So, what do these sober, business-type conservatives plan to do? Sue? Bribe their local legislators? Nah! Bourgeois businessmen aren’t the types to smash the system (hey, they ARE the system), but they might CRASH the system —

…lawyers are telling employers to sign up en masse, in part to test the system’s capacity and cast doubt on its effectiveness at a time when some lawmakers in Congress are pushing to expand E-Verify to all states.

Earlier this month, Rep. Heath Shuler, D-N.C., introduced the Secure America With Verification and Enforcement Act. The proposal would require all employers in the U.S. to electronically verify the employment eligibility of new hires. Currently, the program is voluntary in most states.

“From each according to his abilities, to each according to his just desserts…” or something like that.

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