It’s the year 2030 and there is major political and social upheaval in Arizona. After nearly a half of a century of Republican dominance in the governor’s office and in the legislature, Democrats now have an ironclad hold on the governor’s office and majorities in both the state House and Senate.
Due to Arizona catching up to California to the west and New Mexico to the east, the “minority” in Arizona is now the majority in the population sense. The Anglo population majority in Arizona appears to be a thing of the past.
After repealing the controversial Senate Bill 1070 that was passed way back in 2010, Governor Fredo Guttierez, grandson of political Latino activist Alfredo Guttierez, signed into law sweeping new citizenship and residency bills that have the rest of the nation looking at Arizona with quizzical eyes ... again!
Local, county and state police must by law ask for citizenship and/or residency proof from people from the Midwest, students attending out-of-state schools, young men returning from serving missions for their church, and anyone with out-of-state license plates.
The governor said any boycott resulting from the new law will be dealt with the formation of a task force to put Arizona’s “best foot forward” to the general public.
While the minority Republican Party in the legislature complained bitterly about being left out of the loop concerning the new law, the Democratic majority countered that any of their ideas would be considered if they placed them in the suggestion box outside of the state capitol security station.
Ludicrous? Possible? Probable?
When people look back on the year 2010 in 20 years they may well wonder what was in the water at the state capitol two decades earlier!
Richard K. Meszar