Back in the days of his vagrant yoot, TWC sat one evening swapping lies with some friends in Balloon Man's black, lowered, '61 Thunderbird with chrome reversed rims. We were minding our business, no Bud, and none of that other kind of bud, neither. Somebody may have fired up a smoke, but they were still legal back then.
John Law took exception to where we were (legally) parked and indicated it with a sharp rap of his flashlight on the driver's window. We were all asked to produce ID but TWC refused on principle to allow a look-see at the official driver license, arguing that he was merely a passenger in the vehicle and not the driver. The Man dragged him around the corner of the building where he was presented with the Don Coreleone option. Let's just say it was an offer TWC could not refuse. In that moment of stark fear TWC realized that the government has all the really good weapons.
Fast forward to now.
Hundreds of local activists plan to ride into Arizona by bus at the end of July when that state’s new immigration law goes into effect. Those who travel will leave behind their ID cards and papers as a challenge for Arizona police to arrest them, labor leaders said today.
Why aren't these freedom fighters protesting the fact that in the Land of the Free it is universally illegal for any American to be on the street without ID?
The abject ignorance is appalling, particularly in a state that spends half its budget on public education. These guys are like high school kids who protest scheduling changes by walking out of a public school that they are forced to attend by law, and cannot make the connection. The state can own a third of the first sixteen years of my life but don't change my class schedule because then I'll be really pissed off.
Then again, maybe it isn't ignorance. Maybe nobody cares. Maybe we've morphed into an America where as long as everyone is equally inconvenienced (or worse) without regard to the color of their skin, it's cool.
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