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Rally to Support Arizona

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On June first, there was a rally in St. Clairsville, Ohio, on the steps of the county courthouse.  There were about a hundred people present.  Many displayed signs; all of them displayed enthusiasm for the subject of the rally.  The subject?  Oddly enough for a rural town in southeastern Ohio, it was support for the immigration law in Arizona.

Or maybe not so odd.  For most of my life, I could not imagine citizens of one state getting together to protest, let alone support, a law in another state two thousand miles away.  Most Americans have been largely live-and-let-live in nature, busy with their personal lives, jobs and families, without a lot of time to give to national issues.  In the last 18 months or so, there appears to have been an awakening in the minds of many Americans.  People have rediscovered a love of country and an appreciation for the Constitution, and have found fear of losing both.  Illegal immigration is one of those subjects that can crystallize general fears into a strong conviction.  The average person might have to think their way through a lengthy discussion of the subject of jobs and immigration, but instinctively know that sneaking across the border and pretending to be a citizen is wrong.

Americans care about this issue.  A Rasmussen Reports poll found that 82% of all voters are following news stories on Arizona’s immigration law at least somewhat closely, with 50% following very closely.

It’s worth noting that the Arizona law mirrors the federal law, with added protections to ensure no one will be racially profiled.

It is encouraging to see such widespread interest in national issues.  Many people, some for the first time in their lives, are voicing their concerns and finding that a large majority of Americans agree with them.  This is good for the citizens of this nation and good for the country as a whole, as our Republic cannot long endure with an apathetic population.

While the numbers of at the rally were modest, I believe that they represent the feelings of most Americans.  Many driving by the rally honked their horns and gave us the thumbs up in support; if any disagreed, they kept it to themselves.

National polls on this subject bear this out.  According to a recent Pew Research poll, 59% approve of the Arizona law, while only 32% disapprove.  A Rasmussen Reports poll finds 58% of voters favor passage of a similar law in their state.  A movement has already begun in Ohio to put such a referendum on the 2011 ballot.

I agree with the Arizona law, resent the racial slurs that have been thrown at the state and its people, and felt strongly enough about it to make the drive to St. Clairsville to show that support.  We The People Ohio Valley, the group that sponsored the rally, is to be commended.  I’m proud of the people at the rally; they conducted themselves well.  Their anger was directed toward the failure of the federal government to deal with this problem, not at Hispanic people.  Again, this agrees with another Rasmussen Reports poll, which shows 83% are angry at the federal government; only 12% were angry at the immigrants themselves.

Hopefully, this will prod Washington to finally do something productive, but I’m not optimistic.  I am optimistic about the future of our nation, however.  I think people are enjoying themselves while learning about the issues and finding their voice to express their opinion.  They are gaining knowledge about the founding principles of our nation, our Constitution and laws.  They are also beginning to see the legislative malpractice Washington has been engaged in for years.  It should make for a lively election this November.

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Larry Bertolino

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Larry Bertolino is a 31 year old, U.S Navy Veteran and currently sitting on the board of Directors for the Harrison County Chamber of Commerce, as well as Harrison County Rural Transit.
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