Eugene Robinson totally eviscerates the new Republican immigration crackdown in Arizona, and asks a salient question about the teabaggery:
Activists for Latino and immigrant rights — and supporters of sane governance — held weekend rallies denouncing the new law and vowing to do everything they can to overturn it. But where was the Tea Party crowd? Isn’t the whole premise of the Tea Party movement that overreaching government poses a grave threat to individual freedom? It seems to me that a law allowing individuals to be detained and interrogated on a whim — and requiring legal residents to carry identification documents, as in a police state — would send the Tea Partyers into apoplexy. Or is there some kind of exception if the people whose freedoms are being taken away happen to have brown skin and might speak Spanish?
Of course the reason the teabaggers aren’t protesting this law is because the tea party is only concerned with white, upper-class, Christian freedoms. The same phenomenon happened with the Obama tax cuts — people who received the tax cuts are freeloaders and layabouts. In other words, the tea party is only anti-tax when it comes to white, upper-class, Christian taxes.