Sunday, July 25, 2010

Cliches are not good arguments

A letter writer in the paper criticizes my attack on the Arizona law, and concludes "Illegal is illegal." Hmmm.. that sounds plausible, I suppose. If 1=1, then illegal should =illegal, right? Well, no, actually it's absurd. Illegal is illegal is a great bumper sticker, but it's not much of a legal or moral principle. Is a parking ticket equal to first-degree murder?

The Arizona law makes unauthorized entry into America, which is a civil offense under federal law, into a state crime. Yes, unauthorized immigration is illegal, but illegal does not automatically mean a criminal offense.

1 comment:

silentbob14 said...

Yeaah I agree ;]