We need to boycott crazy states. "Crazy" admittedly is in the eye of the beholder. But since this blog reflects my view of the world, I'm calling the crazy shots:
Arizona, because it just passed a "show me your papers" anti-immigration law that even a Kansas editorial board called unworkable, likely unconstitutional, and clearly inhumane.
Kansas (sorry, editorial board), because the Board of Education tried to introduce intelligent design into the state's curriculum. Plus side: this brought us the Flying Spaghetti Monster theory of creation.
Texas, because its equally wacky Board of Education has rewritten history to suit the political leanings of its members. Goodbye, Thomas Jefferson. Hello, Ayn Rand.
Oklahoma, because the Governor just vetoed a bill that would require women seeking an abortion to be forced to have a ultrasound probe inserted in their vagina (guess these Republicans didn't get the talking point message about not allowing government to come between patients and their doctors).
Mississippi, just because. I included it because I like to spell this state's name, and I'm sure something crazy is going on there that shouldn't be.
The Arizona boycott is well underway.
Calls grew across the US today for a boycott of Arizona over its new law giving the police the most draconian powers in the country to deal with illegal immigration.
Democratic members of Congress, religious leaders and leftwing activists urged a boycott of hotels, convention centres and other economic targets in the state. At least one nationwide group has responded by cancelling a convention planned for the autumn.
Inspired by the spectacle of refried bean swastikas being smeared on the Arizona state Capitol's windows, I am proudly proclaiming that I will support human rights by not eating refried beans until the anti-immigration law is repealed.
(Humble disclaimer: if anyone chooses to consider me as committed as Gandhi to sacrificing my welfare for the good of humanity -- which you are entirely welcome to do -- I should point out that I hate refried beans.)
In the spirit of retroactive outrage, I also am going to request a refund of my daughter's out-of-state tuition from the University of Arizona, where she spent four expensive years from 1990 to 1994.
I feel somewhat torn about taking this action, because I have the (sort of) fond memory of having her call me midway through her senior year and proudly telling me, "Dad, my sorority has given me an award." I made the mistake of asking what it was and heard, "Biggest partier!"
Yes, Arizona is a fun place to visit. I love northern Arizona. The Sedona area is beautiful. But the crazy actions of the state legislature make me happy that I live in comparatively sane Oregon.
We're normal here.
We're legally required to sit in our cars while someone pumps our gas for us. If we're terminally ill, assisted suicide is an option. Medical marijuana soothes the pain of certain medical conditions. We have a city, Silverton, with a transgendered mayor who favors miniskirts and high heels. Portland has a vegan strip club.
Here's the big difference between right-wing and left-wing weirdness: the former restricts people's freedoms ("thou shalt..."), while the latter expands individual liberty ("do your own thing").
I feel for progressives who live in Arizona and have to directly experience the Big Brother actions of the state legislature. Like this blogger:
Things are truly the worst here in Arizona. I was born and raised in this beautiful state. It's been a challenge but it's not been insane - til now.
...So we can use some loud voices in support of the national economic boycott of Arizona called by Raul Grijalva. Already the American Immigration Lawyers Association has dropped plans to hold their convention here.
If you know of any other organizations who are planning events here, if you know people who are planning vacations (the Grand Canyon is fabulous but stay away until it is safe to come), moving a business, buying anything from us (especially citrus and other agricultural items), tell them to stop.
We are fighting against our own apartheid, our own flirtation with ethnic cleansing.