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Support for Arizona Immigration Bill is No Surprise May 2, 2010

Posted by Dwight Furrow in Dwight Furrow's Posts, Ethics, politics.
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People from across the ideological spectrum are condemning Arizona’s new immigration statute. Few GOP leaders have endorsed it and it has been condemned by religious leaders and newspaper editorial boards across the country

But according to a recent poll, the public narrowly supports it.

Americans familiar with Arizona’s tough, new immigration law tend to favor it, a new poll found.

51 percent of those who have heard of Arizona’s new law to crack down illegal immigration said they generally favor it, a new Gallup Poll found Thursday. 39 of those who have heard of the law opposed it, while 11 percent were unsure.

Steve Benen is surprised:

I find this very hard to believe, not because Gallup is unreliable, but because I like to think the American character is decent and strong, and would resist efforts like these.

But frankly, this doesn’t surprise me at all. It is in fact an accurate reflection of the United States at this point in its history—bigoted, selfish, angry, and looking for scapegoats. Recall that this is a public that put a selfish, deceitful moron in the White House for eight  years. This is a public that was excited beyond measure at bombing the hell out of a weak, largely irrelevant country that had done nothing provocative. This is a country that still denies consenting adults the right to marry, and will vote to shred our educational system in order to hang on to a few dollars every year that would otherwise go to taxes.

We are a deeply conservative country with a powerful authoritarian streak and one election will not change that.

book-section-book-cover2 Dwight Furrow is author of

Reviving the Left: The Need to Restore Liberal Values in America

For political commentary by Dwight Furrow visit: www.revivingliberalism.com



1. Asur - May 3, 2010

Dwight, what alternative are you advocating?

Clearly you feel current immigration policy to be rather misguided; less clear to me are what changes you feel should be made and why you feel we should make them.

I just don’t see any practical ground for you to be standing on, here — ideological, moral ground, sure, why not? Even the bigoted, selfish, angry, scapegoatin’ American public would agree that ‘helping those in need’ is in principle a good thing to do.

2. stefan atkinson - May 26, 2010

I agree. I think its misguided. Most Americans are decent people with common sense enough to know that efforts like these serve no purpose. Its makes neither utilitarian or deontological sense. I suggest we disentagle the question about race from the question about rights and see anew the plight of middle class working people. A fence only blinds those on both sides. And the politicians in Washington should keep out of the first issue you mention. Its not on the Obama agenda, so I would stay silent. But over all your right, that we mustn’t give in to the authoritarian streak of our deeply conservative country.

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