Tuesday, May 11, 2010

The People of Arizona Are Baseball Fans Too!

It is no secret that the last 18 days have been trying times in the State of Arizona. The Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act or simply, Arizona SB 1070, has created a storm of controversy in the Grand Canyon State.

The act, which is the toughest anti-illegal immigration act of any kind in decades, was signed into law by Gov. Jan Brewer on April 23, 2010.

For the sake of this post, I will withhold my personal opinion on the law, and simply say, those who disagree with it have a right to do so. We live in a country where people have the right to assemble and protest if they disagree with a certain government policy.

Having said that--

What concerns me is how Major League Baseball has been dragged into this mess. Today, Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) has urged the Major League Baseball Players Association to boycott the 2011 All-Star Game in Arizona. Other elected officials and civil rights activists have called for similar measures, even urging Commissioner Bud Selig to pull the game out of Arizona all together.

But my question is-- is it right for an organization to punish the people of a society because of their government's actions? Is it THE PEOPLE'S fault?

Let's assume, for the sake of argument, that the law is unconstitutional-- should MLB punish the millions of baseball fans in Arizona just because their government screwed up?

As a New Yorker and a baseball fan, it was a thrilling moment for me, when the All-Star game was held at Yankee Stadium in 2008. As I remember, the event and all the festivities that came with it, were held for the people of New York, NOT the government of New York. So don't the people of Arizona deserve the same privilege?

Should the people be deprived of their special moment, just so a political point can be proven?

Everyone has a right to disagree with their government, but taking it out on the people, to me, is not the appropriate course of action. There are other ways to dissent and protest a law which is viewed as unconstitutional. Taking it out on the people of Arizona (by depriving them of their baseball moment in the sun) seems irresponsible and unfair to me.

And the notion that, well, the government is elected by the people so we're all in it together, doesn't stick with me either.

First of all, the people of Arizona did not elect Jan Brewer as their governor. I'm sure they were perfectly fine with Janet Napolitano (who was TWICE elected by the people). I've always found it inappropriate for Presidents to strip states of their governors for the purpose of filling in their cabinets. But I guess that's a story for another day.

And secondly, the "people elect government" notion, sounds like something out of an Al-Qaeda playbook, if you ask me.

Anyway, just a thought....

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1 comment:

  1. I hope that every American, regardless of where he lives, will stop and examine his conscience about this and other related incidents. This Nation was founded by men of many nations and backgrounds. It was founded on the principle that all men are created equal, and that the rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened. All of us ought to have the right to be treated as he would wish to be treated, as one would wish his children to be treated, but this is not the case.

    I know the proponents of this law say that the majority approves of this law, but the majority is not always right. Would women or non-whites have the vote if we listen to the majority of the day, would the non-whites have equal rights (and equal access to churches, restaurants, hotels, retail stores, schools, colleges and yes water fountains) if we listen to the majority of the day? We all know the answer, a resounding, NO!

    Today we are committed to a worldwide struggle to promote and protect the rights of all who wish to be free. In a time of domestic crisis men of good will and generosity should be able to unite regardless of party or politics and do what is right, not what is just popular with the majority. Some men comprehend discrimination by never have experiencing it in their lives, but the majority will only understand after it happens to them.