Okay, seriously, people? Why are we giving Jan Brewer kudos. She isn't standing up to the crazy far right and religious homophobes. She isn't standing up for humanity. She isn't standing up for equal rights under the law. She isn't standing up for what is right. No, Governor Jan Brewer knew that if she voted the bi-legislative Arizona bill into law, you would hear the drain of money all the way from New York City. Seriously, there is no part of it that she should get any applause for because she did it for economic reasons only. Theoretically, the Super Bowl would pull out of Arizona ( I say theoretically, because the NFL is no stand up organization), conventions, tourism, companies, and everything else that brings the financial flush to the State of Arizona. So, today I see a flurry of gratefulness to Governor Brewer. I am not. Now, some people may say that the path to doing the right thing doesn't matter as long as you get there. I don't feel that way. I can appreciate the argument, but in this case, it was commerce over righteousness. It would have destroyed the State. Of course, they could have been flooded with all the crazy religious haters moving in and been financially sound that way.
This vetoed law was a slippery slope. If Jan Brewer had signed it into law, it could have had ramifications for all sorts of groups. First, stop serving gay people over one's religious views, then it could have been biracial couples, Jews, Muslims, the sky's the limit. This vetoed law is now dead, but the people who tried to pass it into law are still there in the Arizona legislature. The haters are still running the State. There are other States trying to pass similar legislation. Missouri? Missouri???? I don't understand the fear and the hate that has risen to the surface. I don't understand why there aren't more people standing up against this idiocy. My love/hate relationship with John McCain is intact. He did stand up against this law and told the Governor to not sign it. Of course, he'll do something next week that contradicts his righteous indignation.
I am not impressed with Jan Brewer. She wasn't having a Martin Luther King, Jr. moment. She was listening to the financial side of the State. The businesses rule. They rule in Arizona, California, Missouri, and every other State in the Nation. This decision just happened to be on the side of what is right. This time we were lucky. Jan Brewer didn't do anything great or noble. Let's keep that in mind. We dodged another bullet in a State where guns are everywhere.
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