I'm a fan of the Daily Show (who isn't, really?), so the news that a crew from the show will be here is cool, but I can't imagine the whole Baja Arizona movement is going to come off as sane or productive when the producers are through with it:
Paul Eckerstrom, co-chair of Start Our State, i.e., the Baja Arizona as the 51st state movement, was the guest speaker at a meeting of the Saguaro Eastside Democrats on Monday night. Eckerstrom announced that The Daily Show would be in Tucson Wednesday and Thursday of this week to film an episode on Baja Arizona for The Daily Show.
Eckerstrom did not disclose whom the correspondents are from The Daily Show coming to Baja Arizona.
Arizona has been a target rich comedy environment for The Daily Show because of our lunatic fringe Tea-Publican legislature and governor. The Daily Show has even created an "Arizona" tag for all of its video episodes mentioning Arizona.
So let's be on our best behavior people. Let's be clear that "the crazy" comes from our bullying neighbor to the north, the state of Maricopa. It is the Tea-Publicans who voted for the long discredited pre-Civil War theories of nullification of federal laws and secession from the United States.
Baja Arizona wanted no part of this. Baja Arizonans are loyal Americans. Baja Arizona is following the example of West Virginia in the Civil War and is exercising its constitutional prerogative under Article IV, Section 3 of the United States Constitution for the legal process of partition and separation from the state of Arizona:
"New States may be admitted by the Congress into this Union; but no new States shall be formed or erected within the Jurisdiction of any other State; nor any State be formed by the Junction of two or more States, or parts of States, without the Consent of the Legislatures of the States concerned as well as of the Congress" (emphasis added).
The non-binding resolution that Start Our State wants to put on the ballot in 2012 is simply a petition to the Arizona legislature and the Congress for consent to establish our own state. it is our way of saying that we have had enough of "the crazy" from our bullying neighbor to the north, the state of Maricopa.
[Blog for Arizona]