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As goes California…?

So how does go California, anyway? A stream of articles and editorials over the last year has sketched a sad picture of the once-Golden State’s economic outlook. Much has been said of the budget crunch, political gridlock and the stranglehold of public-sector labor unions on the body politic.

Victor Davis Hanson explores the changed reality of life in central California which forms one part of this story. It’s a different place than when the writer grew up there, now resembling parts of the third world in his estimation. Two Californias, published in National Review, has been making the rounds on the web and deserves reading.

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Obama playing politics on immigration

Kris Kobach writes in the New York Post that the administration is playing politics with its attack on Arizona’s law enforcement approach to illegal immigration. BTW – I do think this will ultimately hurt Dems in the midterms.

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Kobach on immigration in NYT

Here. Misinformation is abounding about this bill. I even read some bogus claims about it in The Economist today, a publication I usually respect. Anyway. Read. Be informed. And if you’re really cool, read the actual statute. Doing so may save you from being fooled by the alarmist rhetoric emanating from our precious political cognoscenti.

UPDATE: 04/30/10: Yesterday, a couple of my political science professors each made misstatements about the bill during classes. This is getting insane. I emailed the Kobach piece to both of them.  Let’s fight the misinformation. This is not to say there isn’t legitimate discussion surrounding a bill like this. But, that discussion must start with the facts as they are, not as some fantasize them to be.

UPDATE: CNN.com reports that some Hispanic Americans support the bill. One interviewee, an Hispanic woman, says she’s been called a racist so many times that she doesn’t mind the label anymore. I can definitely understand the sentiment. “Racism” is the reactionary label used by liberals to shut down debate when they have little information that would better support their case. It is used with frequency that would be alarming if it weren’t becoming so much of a joke.  If you’ve been called a racist by a liberal on your college campus, for example, there’s a good chance you’re doing something right (unless you’re obviously doing something wrong).

UPDATE: 05/01/10: Heather MacDonald of the City Journal takes apart a NYT editorial bashing the immigration law. Why are the libel and slander of the bill, its intentions and its authors and supporters allowed to continue? When the nation’s premiere journalistic establishment engages in exactly this sort of distortion of the truth and misguided attack on its political opponents, why would we expect any other mainstream outlet to get it right or play fair?

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The Arizona immigration bill

A piece on the Arizona immigration bill by Byron York in the Washington Examiner, which quotes Kansas Secretary of State candidate and con-law expert Kris Kobach on the issue. I had some initial hesitations about this bill, based on the little I knew of it, but I must say it actually seems quite reasonable. It sure makes good politics though to point the finger at Arizona lawmakers/bill-supporters and accuse them of all sorts of nasty motives. Hat tip to my friend Henry Atkinson for highlighting the article today.

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California threatens to ban “language discrimination”

This one is so out there I barely know where to start (that and I’m just tired).

The state senate in California has approved a bill that would prevent businesses from “discriminating” on the basis of language. From the LA Times:

“…the state Senate acted today to prohibit businesses in California from discriminating against customers, including refusing them service, based on the language they use.”

So a guy speaking Lithuanian tries to order at my restaurant, and I can’t serve him because I can’t understand him – would I be a criminal under the new law? Don’t know if they’ve fully worked that out yet…

This reminds me of a story I once heard about regulations on doctors offices. I don’t know the details or in which state this is the case, but it goes something like the following. A patient visits a doctor for a consultation, and whatever the diagnosis is, apparently the patient needs to come back for a series of visits, including surgery or some other procedure. The patient doesn’t speak English, although she does sign and has an interpreter.

According to this story – and I’m inclined to believe it – the doctor is responsible for paying for the interpreter. And he can’t make it up by charging the patient any more than he would anyone else for the same procedure. Equal access, you know.

Presumably you could see similar situations and worse across California should this new bill become law.

This legislation is a threat to the human and civil rights of all Californians. It violates their right to engage in the mutual, voluntary, peaceful exchange of goods and services between free individuals. And it risks enormous practical damage to the livelihoods of many if this becomes the reality.

Finally, this bill divides our nation by working against assimilation and a common language.  It is a direct assault on the notion “Out of Many, One.”

Let me be clear (this should go without saying, but, things that go without saying should often be said anyway): I am a staunch proponent of the freedom in this country that allows people to speak any language they want. I always seek civility among the inhabitants of this great nation, whether they be citizens or residents, whether they speak the English language or another tongue. And learning and speaking a foreign language is a good thing to do; my own modest knowledge of the Spanish language has enriched my life and I look forward to improving and possibly studying another language at some point.

However, the proposed law has nothing to do with any of that. Instead, it is very simply a forceful use of government to take away people’s freedoms, threaten their commerce, and divide us as a people.

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University of North Carolina students shut down debate

Campus tyrants have once again quashed dissent – and once again been coddled by fearful or sympathetic university administrators. This time it happened at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, where students prevented former Congressman Tom Tancredo from speaking about illegal immigration and the issue of granting in-state tuition to those who have entered the country illegally.

Local affiliate ABC 11 has the story.

Protesting “students” (in quotes because they obviously have no scholarly interest in or commitment to debate or the free exchange of ideas that should be paramount on a university campus) flowed into and outside the room where Tancredo was scheduled to speak. They chanted loudly, restricted access in and out of the room, stood up inside the room, held signs, unfurled a banner in front of the Congressman and threw a rock through a glass window.

In response, UNC Chancellor issued an official and contrite sounding – but totally meaningless – statement. From WTVD:

UNC Chancellor Holden Thorp responded to Tuesday night’s events and said, “We’re very sorry that former Congressman Tancredo wasn’t able to speak. We pride ourselves on being a place where all points of view can be expressed and heard, so I’m disappointed that didn’t happen tonight. I think our public safety officer appropriately handled a difficult situation.”

Is the Chancellor truly sorry? Then has he invited Congressman Tancredo to return to campus?

Is he truly disappointed? Then has he publicly reprimanded and formally disciplined those students who successfully attacked the university’s function as a “a place where all points of view can be expressed and heard?”

Do Chancellor Holden Thorp and the UNC administration truly believe the campus police handled the situation appropriately? If so, that’s extremely disappointing, because in my view, handling the situation appropriately means enforcing the rights of the innocent at the cost of prohibiting – by force, if necessary – the actions and behavior of others seeking to strip away those rights.

Obviously, a speaker like Tancredo is going to generate a certain amount of controversy on a college campus. You know you’re going to need some security, and you should be prepared with an adequate plan of action should security needs escalate. UNC failed to do this.

If the chancellor genuinely believes that this situation was “appropriately handled,” then campus tyrants will never be stopped from doing this again – and they know it.

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