I’m generally not an advocate of lawsuits when there are other ways to address/resolve disputes. However, when it comes to the federal government’s recent poor (might one say unlawful?) behavior vis a vis Arizona, a lawsuit may be a good choice:
Governor Jan Brewer just announced ….on behalf of the State of Arizona, she is suing the Federal Government. There are 5 counts….and here is a summary (my notes) from the press conference..1/ failure to achieve operational control over the Mexico/Arizona border…2/ failure to protect Arizona from invasion and Arizona says invasion not just limited to other countries to invade but applies to people and secured border…3 / failure to enforce immigration laws….and their failure causes national security risks…abuse of discretion that Fed only enforce the law they want to and they should enforce all……4/ declaratory relief about reimbursement for Fed govt’s failure to pay for incarceration of prisoners (illegal)….5/ under 10th amendment..powers not delegated to the Fed, are reserved to the people and while control of border is fed responsibility, when criminals cross border illegally and commit crimes, it is a state responsibility and the Feds are interfering with the state to fulfill its responsibilities….
Number 5 resonates very strongly with a large number of people who are in favor of decentralized power. It will be quite interesting to see if any other states (say Texas, and New Mexico) join in the suit. It seems unlikely that California will stop toking long enough to see the possibilities in this for them, so I think Brown and Co will sit this one out.
I would like to be optimistic about things, but considering that our current federal administration is in contempt of court over the drilling moratorium, and not apparently caring in the least about any consequences, I’ll not hold my breath.