Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer vetoes "religious freedom" hate bill for purely self-interested political reasons following corporate/NFL outcry and only after taking an inordinate amount of time to decide not to endorse bigotry

By Michael J.W. Stickings

A veto is better than no veto, but the title of this post pretty much sums it up.

She didn't do anything heroic, anything courageous. Not even close.

The fact is, this discrimination-enabling Jim Crow bill, SB 1062, aroused an enormous outcry in Arizona and across the country, including from major corporations like Apple and Intel, the NFL (which is set to host Super Bowl LXIX there next year -- the NFL actually moved the 1993 Super Bowl from Arizona after the state rejected the MLK holiday), and Republicans like Arizona Sen. John McCain and even a few of those who voted for the bill. And while she probably supports its spirit, she clearly decided that she had to veto it to avoid further political trouble, and of course to protect the state from itself economically.

Remember: Republicans wrote this bill, voted for this bill, and by and large still want this bill, or something like it, to become law.

There was a victory over bigotry and discrimination in Arizona today, but Republicans are waging their war on multiple fronts and are making headway in a number of states, including Georgia and Kansas.

This is no time to back down. All of us who are determined to beat back this assault on civil and human rights must remain as vigilant as ever.

There must be no rest until Republicans and their extremist ideology and agenda are thoroughly defeated.

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  • After the headline, I thought I was too exhausted to read the article. But then I noticed the article was actually shorter... ;-P

    By Blogger Unknown, at 11:38 PM  

  • I like when a headline says it so well. I am more exhausted by the constant battle against these anti-democracy forces...

    By Blogger gg, at 8:57 AM  

  • I'm not at all surprised at the veto since it was obvious to all but the perverts who call themselves libertarians that it was not only unconstitutional but a potential economic disaster.

    Initially I had hoped that passing it and the inevitable shoot down by the SCOTUS would humiliate the idiots but I'm glad it never happened seeing the amount of support it got here in Florida. They would have become martyrs to the cause -- heroes.

    But you're right about the eternal struggle.

    By Blogger Capt. Fogg, at 9:00 AM  

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