Should San Jose have its own Navy to protect and defend Alviso? Ask that question to most people and they would respond, “Of course not,” and add, “Are you crazy?”
Most people would agree that the City of San Jose doesn’t need a Navy, but what about having our own State Department? We could be like Berkeley, and issue policy declarations for the rest of the world to follow and obey.
The San Jose City Council’s unilateral call to boycott the State of Arizona over the immigration issue is a bit like one principality declaring economic war over another. Give me a break.
Never mind the fact that Arizona’s new law has yet to be implemented. Furthermore, never mind the fact that the courts (at every level) have yet to render their judgment.
What if the courts find the law to be Constitutional? So what? Let’s challenge Arizona on this issue despite all logic. By the way, when did the San Jose City Council receive their direction from the citizens of San Jose on this issue?
For the city to confront the State of Arizona and its people on this question is a decision that should be made not by a dozen, free-lancing local politicians, but by the people of San Jose as a whole. Economic boycotts can backfire.
Often times, you end up hurting the very same people that you were trying to champion. How many Arizona families will see their incomes reduced or eliminated just so the members of the San Jose City Council can make a political statement?
The San Jose City Council should place the question of the Arizona boycott on the November ballot. Let the people of San Jose, not the politicians, decide whether or not to pick a fight with the people of Arizona.
(Note: The San Jose City Council pulled the teeth from the Arizona boycott at last Tuesday’s meeting. They decided instead to denounce Arizona and restrict city employees from traveling to the state on city business.)