Almost all Americans are familiar with the fact that we once fought a Civil War, but not all that many of them realize that the War Between The States was not about slavery.

Slavery was the buzzword, but the real issue was states’ rights. Did the federal government have the right to determine if a state could or could not allow slavery? The people in Washington believed they did, while the individual states that made up the Confederacy disagreed.

I was reminded of that while reading a news report yesterday on the Arizona Daily Sun newspaper’s website, that said the Obama administration wants the U.S. Supreme Court to void a two year old Arizona law enacted to punish companies that knowingly hire illegal aliens.

In spite of the fact that a federal judge in Phoenix, as well as the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, have ruled that the Arizona law is valid, the Feds say that federal law bars states from imposing penalties on employers who hire those who are in the country legally. The Immigration Reform and Control Act, passed in 1986, precludes states and cities from imposing civil or criminal penalties on employers for hiring illegal immigrants. But, in typical political double talk, the same law allows states to have their own “licensing or similar laws.”

As many who have left comments on this blog in the past have said, if we punish the businesses that hire illegal aliens stiffly, and take away the savings they get from hiring cheap, illegal labor, it would go a long way toward reducing the number of illegal aliens coming into the country.  Yet, the Feds want to stop Arizona from doing so. Why?

The Department of Justice is also considering asking a federal court to invalidate Arizona’s new law, which requires police to question people they stop about their status, if they reasonably suspect that they are in this country illegally. The Arizona law also makes being an illegal immigrant a violation of state law.

So what’s up with the thinking of the present Administration? It’s almost like they want to encourage the hordes of illegal aliens coming over the border, and they want to prohibit border states from trying to stop the invasion.

A lot of people in the border states, especially here in Arizona, are fed up with waiting for Washington to do something, and in true American fashion, they have taken the bull by the horns and started enacting and enforcing laws that basically mirror existing federal laws that are being ignored. Utah, Texas, Ohio, Georgia and Maryland are pushing for similar legislation.

But, instead of realizing that things have gone way too far, and that they have to take a stand to remedy the problem, the lawmakers in Washington continue to suffer from cranial-rectal inversion, thinking they can just talk the issue to death.

There is an old saying, attributed to several scholars, that says “If we do not learn from history, we are doomed to repeat it.” Maybe President Obama and his crowd need to think about that and remember what happened in this country during the Civil War. States do have a right to make their own determinations of what is in their best interests. Especially when the federal government continues to ignore its responsibilities.

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13 Comments on It Wasn’t About Slavery

  1. Tom Becker says:

    Unfortunately, the Pirates of the Potomac don’t think that the states or the American citizens have any rights left anymore.

  2. Jim says:

    Illegals = Votes for Liberals.

    Geez, I wonder why the present group of ruling thieves in D.C. wants the Arizona laws overturned?

    Any LEGAL citizen who disputes Arizona law should move there and take part in the election process if they’d like to make a change. Otherwise …. butt out.

  3. MichaelG says:

    Unfortunately, I doubt that cracking down on hiring illegals will have the effect you want.

    First, if a company gets burned too often for hiring illegals when it just accepted an ID at face value, it will either hire fewer Hispanics or just leave the state.

    Second, there will be a boom in fake ID and identity theft.

    Third, if you make companies pay more for labor, prices will increase or companies will go out of business. Increased health care costs have the same effect.

    I read recently that in Arizona, the over 60 age group is 83% Anglo (non-Hispanic white). The under 30 age group is 43% Anglo. I suspect a lot of you think you can pass laws and it will go back to the way it used to be, namely majority white. That’s just not going to happen.

  4. Connie Braidh says:

    Actually in was “The War of Aggression” or so I was taught in schools. And yes, while slavery was one issue, it was not the major issue which was states rights versus federal rights.
    To Michael G.: This is not about white supremacy, it is about illegal aliens no matter what their ethnic group. We,in Florida, have the Haitian problem as well as Cuban problem. It is simple, come in legally and we welcome you, come in illegally and go home or we will send you home. End of issue!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. I think Michael misses the point – just as the civil war was not about slavery, this issue is not about hispanics – it is about illegals (lawbreakers, criminals etc) and a state’s ability or obligation to enforce the law.

  6. SAL Bellomo says:

    No true-er word’s have been said by “””YOU””” But the OLD farts in
    D.C. & President with there head up there :::::(were the sun don’t
    shine)hear the people of the U.S.A. are saying .

  7. Ken H says:

    Actually, I was always taught it was the “War of Northern Aggression” :) while in school. And michaelg truly does miss the point. Cracking down on the illegal aliens will have the desired effect. Less crime, less money spent on medical treatment, less money spent on schools for non-legal people, less infrastructure required to care for, protect, defend, etc, etc.
    And, it IS about state’s rights. This is supposed to be the United States. Remember the reason for Uniting in the first place. It was to provide solidarity against an aggressive, overbearing government that was totallly out of touch with the people. Sound familiar?

  8. Bess Weber says:

    MichealG. needs to check his facts?? as well as get the real issue that many people here illegally are criminals!!! and the others have become criminals when they enter illegally, period! then to add to the mix the cost of supporting the families with free education,free medical,not paying income tax,causing crowding in the hospitals and costing them Millions of $s and bilingual classes,bi lingual signage etc .And the issue of more voters for the Liberal left is the real issue!!!

  9. Dave B says:

    Believe it or not, there are southern people who actually believe the South won the war! It amazes me how people can change the facts to fit their needs. How about the groups in Europe that say there was no holocaust! “If we do not learn from history, we are doomed to repeat it”

  10. MsKay says:

    It’s way past time that somebody had to do SOMETHING! To turn your head and look the other way is not getting our States anywhere but over ran with people here ILLEGALLY! If folks come here by following the proper steps, pay taxes like everyone else. Contribute to Social Security and purchase health insurance like we have to, then I have no problem with them being here! When a state crys out for help and gets none, then they have to act. If we keep up on this path we are not going to have a country for Americans…..and Arizona may as well give their state to Mexico and be done with it! The same with Texas and California….I will re state it…if you don’t live there, don’t judge. Boycotts? Stupid. If CA. boycotts, I say Boycott California. That boat sails two ways. Add Nebraska to the list that is adopting similar legislation. Illegal. That’s the operative word that everyone is ignoring! We only want to stop crime. If you have come across the border illegally, you are breaking the law! PERIOD. No sympathy no help….we must stop this. This is not a civil war starter. We aren’t fighting umongst ourselves. The majority opposition to this matter aren’t from here either! Everybody better wise up or we may as well relocate! Hang in and stick to your “GUNS” Arizona!

  11. Kenneth says:

    The Confederate’s lost the war and the south has won.
    Look at all the northern people who have moved into the south due to our better….everything.

    We do not speak in one voice and we as a people never will.
    We can stop illegal’s from entering our country.
    We can arrest those here illegally.
    We can penalize businesses that hire them.
    WE CAN.
    But we elect people by giving money to their campaign and those with more money gain more access.
    Now our highest court has said that businesses can donate to anyone they wish for election.
    Money equals power in the USA.
    We very seldom look behind the screen and see who is pulling the strings.
    You may now vote for whichever candidate that the corporations have selected.

  12. Bev Duarte says:

    With all due respect, Bess, this flood of illegal people didn’t just start with a Democratic president. They have been coming over the border unchecked for years, and it’s getting worse every year. I agree that we need to take a hard line and kick out those who don’t belong here, and I am, as my father-in-law describes me, a “left wing Liberal.” If they are not citizens, they should not be allowed to vote.

  13. Arnold J says:

    I think that we can give up on any thought that the Feds are ever going to do anything positive. That states have to take action and just ignore whatever Washington says, to get the job done.

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