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As a resident of Arizona, I wake up every morning and eventually ask myself, after watching the news or reading the newspaper, "What the hell is happening here?".

Two weeks ago, a Hispanic friend of mine sent me an editorial that offers a reasonable, logical explanation for all the crazy shit that happens here almost daily. That is, the explanation is reasonable and logical, not the behavior.

I would like to draw your attention to an editorial from the Boston Globe - The self-destruction of Arizona, by Juliette Kayyem. Ms. Kayyem has worked as counsel to Attorney General Janet Napolitano, who was the immediate predecessor to our present (ahem) Governor, Jan Brewer. This article ties all the bat-shit crazy behavior up in one neat bundle and explains it quite succinctly and even manages to provide an explanation of the consequences of our legislators' and governor's idiotic behavior.

Note that the article is on two pages; the link to the second page is at the bottom of the first.

I am not going to try to summarize the article; it stands very well on its own.

I highly encourage anyone who is puzzled by Arizona to read this short editorial. It will answer many of your questions.

Kudos to Juliette Kayyem for giving a short summary of the problem and the consequences. It's still crazy out here, but I think I have a better understanding of why. I've always embraced the multicultural aspects of Tucson, my home. Until now, it never really dawned on me how scary it must be for lots of other people who think a multicultural society means the end of the world.

Call me naive, I guess.

Originally posted to hillbrook green on Fri Apr 27, 2012 at 03:40 PM PDT.

Also republished by Baja Arizona Kossacks.

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  •  Tip Jar (23+ / 0-)

    OK. And now we begin the part of the show where we pull out individual words and phrases of the commenter to try to determine the "real" meaning of the comment.... let the games begin.

    by hillbrook green on Fri Apr 27, 2012 at 03:40:44 PM PDT

  •  I live here (Tucson) too (14+ / 0-)

    If I didn't read the news I'd have no idea anybody except a few crackpots were afraid of mexicans.  Almost nobody here in the southern part of the state feels threatened (except by HB1070).  I get a kick out of pointing out to teabaggers that if this we really a problem the voters along the border wouldn't be electing democrats (Raul Grijalva and Gabrielle Giffords).  All I can assume is that a lot of those people up in the gated communities around Phoenix are scared shitless.  I spoze I'd be scared if Joe Arpaio lived within 20 miles of my house.

  •  Old people vote & donate (2+ / 0-)
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    Larsstephens, PSzymeczek

    Old people vote.  Old people give money to politicians.

    Young people & minorities don't vote or donate money.

  •  you should have said something, a hint even (1+ / 0-)
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    Larsstephens

    I hate to go offsite if I don't know why I'm going. You could have at least hinted at some of the reasons.

    America could have chosen to be the worlds doctor, or grocer. We choose instead to be her policeman. pity

    by cacamp on Fri Apr 27, 2012 at 05:21:00 PM PDT

  •  it seems that every 10-15 years (2+ / 0-)
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    ahumbleopinion, Larsstephens

    Arizona has some kind of political nervous breakdown, for the lack of a better phrase. As an outsider looking in, Arizona's not usually of top concern to me, a New Yorker and much of the time there are Arizonans in political office who make me admire them (Bruce Babbitt, for instance, Janet Napolitano). So...there must be a lot of rational, intelligent thinking people there in order to get folks like that elected to office. And then come along people like...Evan Meacham in the 1990's and now Jan Brewer and that nutjob sherriff who has declared himself a one-man posse for determining the natural citizenship of U.S. presidents.

    Looking at Washington, D.C. and how increasingly polarized it is, with wild swings between moderate, Democratic control followed by rabid Republican nutjobbery...well maybe Arizona is actually what America will be like in the future...rational, intelligent leadership from moderate, independent-minded Democrats, followed by...inmates taking over the assylum, as in the cases of Evan Meacham and Jan Brewer.

  •  I always figured that it was a toxic chemical that (1+ / 0-)
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    Larsstephens

    induced some sort of brain rot. There was a massive spill and it accumulated in the air, soil and especially the water, from whence it bio-accumulated into both humans and their food supply.

    If I recall correctly, the Formula is AuHOH.

    That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

    by enhydra lutris on Fri Apr 27, 2012 at 07:29:28 PM PDT

  •  Border life is crazy, but in a good way (4+ / 0-)

    I was sitting in the Burger King in Bisbee today, enjoying a very sinful (in all sorts of ways) Whopper Jr. meal. Fully 99% of the customers were from Naco, Sonora, enjoying an all-American meal. I was the only Anglo, and it didn't surprise me one bit.

    Down here Mexican visitors are keeping the economy afloat and in better shape than it might be otherwise. Go to Douglas and walk into the Walmart there: most of Agua Prieta shops there it seems. I know, I know, it's Walmart and we shouldn't do any shopping there, but there is little choice otherwise: they squeezed Safeway out of Douglas entirely, and there is only one other grocery store in the city, and it's smaller.

    Joe and Jan scare me more than anyone else in the state. Time to start the new moderate cycle of AZ politics.

    •  Or come up here (0+ / 0-)

      to Sierra Vista and see who's shopping at Sears and Dillard's in the mall, or at Fry's and Food City.

      The way to combat noxious ideas is with other ideas. The way to combat falsehoods is with truth. - William O. Douglas

      by PSzymeczek on Sat Apr 28, 2012 at 10:43:21 AM PDT

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