Sometimes what you don’t hear from a movement speaks much louder than what you do.
Take the Tea Party – known for screaming about the alleged Constitutional violations perpetrated daily by President Barack Obama and his health care endorsing goons, not to mention the federal, state and local government that dares to tax them for providing vital services like roads, schools and law enforcement.
Why oh why have the Tea Partiers kept silent about the new immigration law in Arizona?
You know, the law that requires Arizona police to stop and question anyone they think might be in the country illegally, based on a poorly-defined premise of “reasonable suspicion” that virtually every legal expert says is a direct violation of the Constitution’s demand for freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures?
The law that has attorneys advising brown-skinned, Spanish-speaking native-born Americans to carry their identification papers with them in Arizona – just in case they are stopped by police for questioning – or face possible jail.
Why have Tea Partiers not held screaming rallies about the specter of law abiding American citizens caught up in the Arizona police’s new mandate? Is it not the perfect example of government overreach and intrusion?
I’m not the only one who’s wondering. Here’s a take from Eugene Robinson of the Washington Post:
But where was the Tea Party crowd? Isn’t the whole premise of the Tea Party movement that overreaching government poses a grave threat to individual freedom? It seems to me that a law allowing individuals to be detained and interrogated on a whim — and requiring legal residents to carry identification documents, as in a police state — would send the Tea Partyers into apoplexy. Or is there some kind of exception if the people whose freedoms are being taken away happen to have brown skin and might speak Spanish?
Yesterday I checked every national Tea Party site I could find – nada.
Then I checked New Mexico Liberty, the local site run by the self-described ‘free market’ think tank and huge tea party supporters the Rio Grande Foundation. I found plenty of articles about killing cap and trade and slamming the teachers union – you know, their usual stuff. But nothing about a controversial immigration law in a neighboring state that’s held the headlines now for nearly a week. Not one thing.
I didn’t find anything on the Albuquerque Tea Party’s site, either.
Does this odd silence mean Tea Partiers agree with the state of Arizona’s stunning overreach? They certainly have spoken out strongly against every other governmental action they’ve opposed.
I’ll be watching and waiting to hear a coherent Tea Party position on this one.