Nothing succeeds like a fire. Democrats had been asleep at the wheel for a long time. Ho Hum. Here come the midterm elections and yeah the Republicans will take back a bunch of the seats because they are galvanized and the Democrats aren't. Yeah Yeah Yeah. Seems nothing could stop the screwy momentum of Palin and company from taking back from the Hopey Changey Party the momentum the Party of No has created by swifboating every attempt at change and with a lagging economy to give fire to their charge. Seems they were the last chimney sweeps for the creosote that builds up after every big campaign and the Democrats just couldn't catch their breath. Until Arizona.
Whoops. Take a little fascism and mix it with some hard core racism and add a smidgen of racial profiling and you have the perfect storm that galvanized minority groups in the last election. What's that? Arizona is a swing state with a seventeen percent Hispanic population. What are all those people so upset about and why are they demonstrating and galvanizing support for anyone who is not a Republican? Arizona will be a very interesting state now in the next election. Hispanics and all minority voters really have a reason to hit the polls. And the big news is... it is spreading.
Because other states will now follow suit. California and Texas are prime contenders for the next bonehead law. They are just itching to do something wild and crazy like leave the Union or come up with their own law to solve their immigration problem. Even if they don't, the cat is out of the bag and everyone is waking up. Seems the Republicans are backing a wild horse on this one and finally they will get tagged with that sneaky suspicion that's been swirling around the teabaggers and faux Republican teabaggers that they are the white party and really want to go back to a 1950's America where there are no African American Presidents and all the illegal immigrants have been shipped back to where they belong--Mexico.
That dry spark in the forest has been a long time coming. Healthcare nor financial reform will bring out the vote. Not even a robust economy. People vote in distress. The Republicans are in distress over President Obama and the party of Yes We Can and they intend to say HELL NO YOu CANT in November. But it seems now there will be another voice. Take away peoples rights, threaten their liberty, infringe on their Civil Rights and you will an even louder voice shouting HELL YES WE WILL VOTE. Arizona might have unwittingly awakened the sleeping giant that is American outrage.
William Hazelgrove is the Hemingway writer in residence for the Ernest Hemingway Foundation. He has written four novels, reviews and features for USA TODAY and been the subject of stories in the NY Times, LA Times, Chicago Tribune, USA Today, and NPR'S All Things Considered. His forthcoming novel is Rocket Man. More information can be gathered at http://www.billhazelgrove.com