TIM WILDMON: Some officials just don’t get what the public knows

Even with all of our science, technology and gadgets – there is no way to know what tomorrow holds. Let’s just look at the last few weeks.
Who would have thought a volcano eruption in Iceland could shut down air travel to and from Europe for a week? And that could happen again tomorrow.
Who could have predicted a massive oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico? The last time that happened in the gulf was 1979. This is already costing the tourism business along the Gulf Coast millions of dollars with cancellations, especially for popular vacation destinations such as Gulf Shores and Destin.
And what might we be talking about today if the bomb had actually gone off in Times Square? Because it did not explode, we don’t appreciate what it would have done to New York City, not to mention our country.
One thing that was no surprise was the fact that it was a 30 year-old Muslim male who attempted the mass murder of innocent people in NYC. All Muslims are not terrorists, but almost all the terrorists are Muslim. And we don’t know which ones are the jihadists, we just know that a certain percentage are and we will not be able to stop all their attacks. What if the “underwear” bomber had been successful and that jet had exploded over Detroit? Imagine the innocent lives lost and what negative economic impact that would have had on our country. Another young Muslim male was responsible for that act of terrorism.
You know you would think just once, the president, whoever he or she might be, would get so sick and tired of young Muslim men attacking our country time and time again that he would say something about it publicly. Instead, we just keep pretending that there is no obvious profile here and that anyone could be a jihadist. I guess we shall fear that a Baptist, a Methodist, or a loose-cannon Mennonite might hit us next.
You have probably heard about the legislation that the state of Arizona passed recently giving police officers the authority to require proof of citizenship if there is “reasonable suspicion” to believe a person might be in the United States illegally. President Obama and the political left are crying foul saying this is racial profiling, even though the law specifically prohibits racial profiling. But the complaining on this issue is not getting anywhere with the people of Arizona or the American people in general.
Here is how the law reads:
“For any lawful stop, detention or arrest made by a law enforcement official or a law enforcement agency of this state or a law enforcement official or a law enforcement agency of a county, city, town or other political subdivision of this state in the enforcement of any other law or ordinance of a county, city or town or this state where reasonable suspicion exists that the person is an alien and is unlawfully present in the United States, a reasonable attempt shall be made, when practicable, to determine the immigration status of the person, except if the determination may hinder or obstruct an investigation.”
In every poll when Americans were read this law they approve of it. The NBC/Wall Street Journal poll showed 64 percent support. Rasmussen found 60 percent support for the Arizona law by the general American public. Pew Research found over 70 percent support.
Americans are accustomed to being asked for legal identification by authorities such as police or airport screeners. This is a sensible law. Arizona citizens have had it with uncontrollable illegal immigration into their state and are trying to do something about it.
Americans want our southern border with Mexico secure. I saw an advocate for open borders saying a fence would not stop illegal aliens from crossing the border. Then, if it will have no effect, I wondered aloud to the television, why do you care if there is a fence or not? Ironically, Mexico, imposes much more severe penalties on illegal immigrants in their country than we do in the U.S.
President Obama has condemned Arizona publicly for this new law. Again, as with his health care reform, he is out of step with where the majority of American voters are on this issue. In fact, the NBC/Wall Street Journal poll showed 50 percent of registered Democrats support the Arizona law.
This kind of goes along with what I wrote two weeks ago. Just throwing charges of racism out and expecting them to stick is not working anymore for the political left. Americans are wising up on this matter.
It will be interesting to see now if Obama and the Democrats in Congress take on immigration reform before the fall elections. I kind of doubt it, now that they see how the American public views the issue.

Tim Wildmon, a Baldwyn resident, writes as a community columnist. He is president of the American Family Association, but his opinions do not necessarily represent the views of AFA, unless noted. Contact him at twildmon@afa.net.

Tim Wildmon