President Obama had millions of people to select from in choosing a head of Homeland Security.
He chose Janet Napolitano, pulling her from her position as governor of Arizona. That put Republican Janice Brewer in Napolitan's place, as AZ Governor.
Brewer signed the hateful new immigration legislation into law.
NPR's John B. Judis writes, "The bill might not have become law if Democrat Janet Napolitano had
still been governor. Napolitano vetoed similar measures. And Arizona's
Latino community hoped that Brewer, who replaced Napolitano, would veto
Obama not only set up the circumstances so a bill like this could pass, he set up Brewer to be an incumbent with an edge in the next election. Of course, Obama didn't do it alone. John Podesta, his transition director probably had a hand, as did his closest advisors.
Every decision has consequences. Obama took a gamble appointing Napolitano. Maybe he owed her a favor. It doesn't matter. The decision he made contributed to the passage of this bill. Who knows whether this bill be inspire copycats in other states? Sometimes a small step, what seems like a discrete, isolated decision has extended consequences. This is one of those cases.
update: I added this note in today's daily newsletter.
I am an eternal optimist, and I'm into positive psychology and positivity. It drives some of the people in my life crazy, the way I always try to see positives in things, the way I frame things positively. That applies to Obama too. Though I am profoundly disappointed with him so far, I still hold on to some hope that he will wake up and take the power we gave him and start doing real good, instead of selling out to corpos and banksters as he's done. And I'll call it for what it is when it comes to his role in enabling the racial profiling hate law that would not have passed if he hadn't appointed Janet Napolitano, vacating her seat and giving it to a republican.
Rob Kall is an award winning journalist, inventor, software architect,
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more detailed bio:
Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind. Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big) to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet (more...)