Kudos to Dennis Kneale of CNBC for his column, "Obama is a Bully." He refers to the chief executive's chastisement of Arizona's recently-enacted bill making illegal immigration a violation of Arizona law on top of already being a violation of federal law. The new law "makes it a state crime to be in Arizona illegally and requires police and other law-enforcement agents to check documents of people they reasonably suspect to be illegal."
Kneale says of President Obama's quick-on-the-trigger criticism of the law,
Will someone please rein in our relentlessly hectoring President? ...But Kneale's kudos are retracted because he tiresomely hastens to add,
The President called the measure “misguided” and all but labeled it un-American. He even ordered the Department of Justice, before the ink on this bill-signing has even dried, to examine the civil-rights “implications” of the new law. Seems like the courts and rights groups could handle that once any problem actually emerges.
Can you remember any other modern President, wagging a finger from on high, so directly and bitterly criticizing a new law passed by any state?
This is hubris at best and ignorance of the Constitution at worst. The U.S. was founded in part on the precept of states’ rights as an important counterweight to a rapacious federal government. Thus a President must step softly here, questioning gently but avoiding rancor and browbeating.
The new state law itself is disturbing, even detestable, and I don’t like it. It forces immigrants to carry with them proof of their legal status and lets cops demand to see the “papers” of anyone (read: any foreign-looking person) to make sure he didn’t sneak into the country. It smacks of Nazis in the Jewish ghetto in Poland.The Warsaw ghetto under the Nazis? You can never go wrong criticizing the "right" by calling them Nazis. With this one claim, Kneale weakens his argument considerably, maybe fatally, for this single paragraph marks Kneale as an unserious person. Here is the history of the Warsaw ghetto as related by the US Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Between July 22 and September 12, 1942, the German authorities deported or murdered around 300,000 Jews in the Warsaw ghetto. SS and police units deported 265,000 Jews to the Treblinka killing center and 11,580 to forced-labor camps. The Germans and their auxiliaries murdered more than 10,000 Jews in the Warsaw ghetto during the deportation operations. The German authorities granted only 35,000 Jews permission to remain in the ghetto, while more than 20,000 Jews remained in the ghetto in hiding. For the at least 55,000-60,000 Jews remaining in the Warsaw ghetto, deportation seemed inevitable.Yes, that's exactly the kind of thing that the Arizona legislature and governor have in mind for illegal aliens! We wonder nothing except where they will hide the hundreds of thousands of bodies.
Here is the horror that Kneale says is coming soon to an Arizona town near you:
Update: Let me get this straight: Kneale says the president has overstepped his boundaries because states have rights, dadgummit, and the prez needs to lay off because he crossing the federalist-principle line. But one of the rights a state has is the right to be Nazis! Is that what Kneale really means? Because that is what he is saying.
States have rights? Who knew? I thought that issue was rather decisively settled by this guy.