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May 7, 2010

A Libertarian's Defense of the Arizona Immigration Bill

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The take home summation:

... (The bill) is a clarion call to remind the people, the states, and the federal government what their proper rights and duties are. Since the indirect approach has failed, we need to build a popular consensus to directly limit government spending, and that requires elevating this issue significantly in the national consciousness. This law - and the debate surrounding it - does that. It builds on the Tea Party's message that the government works for us. That means we want less legislation about how much sodium goes in our food and more dedication to border protection.

... the central fact that rule of law is necessary in creating a free society. If we didn't appreciate the role of law and order in protecting civil liberties, we'd be anarchists. A free society can not exist in a world where the law of the land is routinely flaunted and the responsible government authority merely shrugs. A free society depends on a limited government that proactively fulfills the few responsibilities it does have, and the Arizona bill is nothing short of the people of Arizona twisting the arm of the federal government to get it to live up to its responsibilities.

... given the safeguards in place to keep the law within Constitutional bounds, I feel it's a necessary evil to bring about a great good. It's time for libertarians to stop being satisfied with skulking about the margins of American politics and reassert the central role of classical liberal/libertarian philosophy in American government. Both aspects are necessary: the limits on government power overall, and proactive administration within those limits.

This law will help us get there.

Be sure to take the time to read it all

Some might call this good ol' common sense and rational thought unburdened by ideology or political agenda (as noted at the link - the usual partisans of the left who are either ideologically opposed to enforcing our national sovereignty or see the Latino community as their only hope to stave off a resurgent GOP).

Posted by Abdul at May 7, 2010 10:48 AM



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