Well, at least this horrendous Arizona law is leading to some conservative infighting. Maybe this is what it takes for a few more of ’em to realize how nutty their shit has really gotten.
When most of us are stopped by the police while driving and asked for our licenses, we comply. Not Mike Gerson, apparently. He gives a “distinctly American response,” and resolutely refuses. If that seems strange, hey, it’s just Gerson being Gerson. He’s more morally and politically serious than the rest of us.
Or so his column today would lead you to believe, if it weren’t so much rhetorical pose. I’m sure Mike actually dutifully complies when asked for “his papers” by the police during traffic stops. Here is Gerson:
This law creates a suspect class, based in part on ethnicity, considered guilty until they prove themselves innocent. It makes it harder for illegal immigrants to live without scrutiny – but it also makes it harder for some American citizens to live without suspicion and humiliation. Americans are not accustomed to the command “Your papers, please,” however politely delivered. The distinctly American response to such a request would be “Go to hell,” and then “See you in court.”
Obviously Lowry’s metaphor makes perfect sense given how absolutely typical it is for cops to pull people over simply to verify that they’re carrying a license.