Monday, January 19, 2015

Will This Be On The Test?

What's happening in the legal realm of Arizona these days?
A) It is illegal to hunt camels.
B) No more than six girls may live in any house. 
C) The sheriff of Maricopa County put inmates on bread and water for destroying an American flag he put in their cell. 
D) High school students must pass the U.S. citizenship test in order to graduate.
If you didn't find the right answer, that's because I didn't include the all-purpose and dependable E) All of the above. 
That's because it would be the right answer. Not that any of these answers necessarily skew to the right. At least in the "correct" sense of the word. Unless what we're asking for is an educated electorate. If we can assume positive intent on the Arizona legislature, then we can see this as an attempt to provide community-connected individuals straight out of high school. If you would like your average eighteen year old to be able to answer the question, "What does the Constitution do?" then Arizona is the place they should be sent. How about "The idea of self-government is in the first three words of the Constitution. What are these words?" What, no multiple choice? 
I realize that I have been quite hard on the folks in the Grand Canyon State. I haven't always seen the wisdom of their actions or jurisprudence, and their law enforcement. Perhaps this is the first step to enlightenment in the Valley of the Sun?

Or maybe it's part of  a movement driven primarily by a conservative institute whose motto is "Patriotism Matters." The leader of the organization is former California U.S. Representative Frank Riggs, who came in last in Arizona's Republican primary for governor after running a hard-right campaign focused on immigration. Oh. That sounds about right. 

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