Posted: February 27, 2014 in Current Events, Integral Studies, politics, Religion

I was going to say “Arizona” stays in the 21st Century, but seeing as its legislators and a sizable portion of its population approved the Bill in the first place, the decision by the Arizona Governor to not sign the discriminatory denial of service law is more a reflection of her sense and sanity than it is that of the state.  Good for her.  I’m sure that there are many people in Arizona, maybe even a majority, who don’t support this law, but it still managed to get a passed.  Maybe the sane people need to get a little more involved in democracy.

What likely tipped the governor’s decision?  One would like to think it was her good sense, but more likely it was the Republican Party as a whole pointing to the black eye that it would take for this, plus the dangers of damage to the Arizona economy.  It’s even possible that football played a role, with the Superbowl already having been yanked from Arizona on one previous occasion.  Her announcement clearly stated that she was not signing the Bill because she thought that it would “create more problems than it solved”, which strongly implies that she has some regrets in having to kill the Bill.  It’s a real bitch when common sense and decency force you to shelve your bigotry.

While I am completely and totally opposed to this Bill, and I am glad that it was killed, had it been passed I would have liked to see it enacted with one condition.  Any place of business that wanted to deny service, for whatever reason, would have to display a sign or sticker on the door of their establishment proclaiming that.  Otherwise they would not be protected by the law.  Like the days of racial discrimination.  That, at least, would enable customers to make a decision.  If the proprietor is permitted to deny service, then it is only right that the customer be fully informed not only so that those who are not welcome know it, but more importantly so that other customers can choose to boycott the establishment.  I wouldn’t want to give my money to a business that so completely is at odds with my personal values.  It would be interesting to see whether these discriminating businesses would agree to that or whether they would cry “foul”.  Knowing the mind set, I’d bet on the latter.

This series of events spotlights the current dysfunction of the Right in the United States.  As is commonly pointed out in Integral Politics, it clearly shows the split in the Republican party, between Red/Amber and Orange.  The Red/Amber social conservatives, most obviously represented by the Tea Party, are a very distinct group from the more Orange fiscal conservatives.  More and more, in the past few years, and especially since the fiasco of selecting a Republican presidential candidate, these two factions are trying to distance themselves from one another.  This situation in Arizona is a clear example of that.  The more extreme social conservatives, of which there are many in the U.S., are becoming an embarrassment to the Right, threatening to split the party.  Of course, that won’t happen because it would likely spell the end of the Right (at least as we know it) from winning power.

It is the same situation that we have here in Canada where the Left is split between the Liberals, the NDP and various left splinter parties like The Green Party.  The factions of the Right, which used to be the Progressive Conservatives, The Reform Party and right wing splinter parties made the practical decision to unite a little over a decade ago, to avoid the very problem that the U.S. is facing now.  What little tensions there are between the Right Wing factions of the Conservative Party are squashed by a very firm and inflexible leadership.  People often comment on Stephen Harper’s very firm style of leadership, and this is one of the reasons that it is necessary.  The split of the Left would be a far more serious problem for Canadian Politics if it were not for our unique situation with the PQ.  If the Liberals, the NDP and the Greens chose to amalgamate, even with some partial bleeding of some centralist Liberals into the Conservatives, the Left would probably still have a consistent majority within Canadian society.  This is shown consistently in the popular vote.  That’s why the Conservatives are always so indignant when there is talk of Left Wing coalitions.


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