Tuesday, February 01, 2011
Do they need their papers in Muskogee?
If you thought perhaps one of the perennial voices of the crusty old silent majority, Merle Haggard, who once sang "Okie from Muskogee" and the other counter-counter culture hit of his period, opposing the Vietnam War anti-war movement, "The Fightin' Side of Me," might certainly be feeling like a caged old country crooner who might support Arizona's new immigration bill.
If you think that ... think again.
According to the seventh paragraph of a Page 56 story in the May 6-12, 2010 edition of New Times Phoenix, written by Martin Cizmar, Haggard lawyered up and out against the new law:
"I think it's unconstitional. You know, you see the guy on TV ... the Mexican kid that's fixing to leave home and go fight (in Iraq), and he was born here and if he wasn't in uniform, they'd profile him. That's not right ... There certainly something that needs to be done about the border ... there's no doubt about that ... but you can't just jump up and criminalize everybody."
Will any celebrity with an opinion on the topic ever speak in favor, as opposed to against the new law? Where's Willie Nelson? Arizona needs a new jingle for a new marketing image to fix this immigration blowout mess ...
For some suggestions on how Gov. Jan Brewer might pursue this marketing campaign, see ...
~ Radio Free Arizona