Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Quotes from a Day That Will Live In Infamy

The Arizona Daily Sun (Flagstaff) has a piece up with some quotes from the AZ Senate's debate on Monday regarding the final passage of SB1070, Russell Pearce's police state bill.

From the article (with a little commentary added...call it "blogger's privilege" :) ) -
"We've been celebration Holocaust Remembrance Week. And folks were remembering that a lot of the tactics that will now be employed because of this piece of legislation were the tactics that were used in Nazi Germany." -- Sen. Paula Aboud, D-Tucson (Spot on. Period.)
"Let me assure you, you don't have to have a brown skin to be the victim of officer error, police enforcement error. Undoubtedly there is. There's a proper role for the media to cover that." -- Sen. John Huppenthal, R-Chandler, saying the legislation will not lead to racial profiling (I'm not sure, but I think he is saying that it is OK for the lege to pass horrible laws that institutionalize bigotry and abuse of power, because the media can talk about it. Ahhh, yes - this from the man who would be in charge of AZ's education system. )
"I get concerned when you start questioning people (about their immigration status). Chances are that you're going to run across U.S. citizens that you're going to end up detaining at some point." -- Yuma County Sheriff Ralph Ogden

"Part of his fear is political because he's weak-kneed, like many other folks, about enforcing the law. Enforce the law. You have an oath of office. That's your job." -- Sen. Russell Pearce, R-Mesa, in response. ("Weak-kneed" is just Pearce's verbal shorthand for "I'm not visiting Yuma County any time soon". He might want to avoid talking about oaths of office, since he so clearly violates his every day, though.)

Look for more gems to come out of today's press conferences, as advocates from both sides work to convince Jan Brewer to sign or veto the bill.

1 comment:

Thane Eichenauer said...

In which way do you think that Russell Pearce is transgressing his oath of office?

This might be so obvious I am missing it.

Your help in pointing this out would be appreciated.

If Pearce breaks his oath of office would the Attorney General be the party to enforce the provisions of ARS 38-231?