When the history of the 2012 presidential election campaign is written, last week may or may not rank as the most significant -- but it will certainly be viewed as a major inflection point in the race.
We need more of the kind of education Arizona's recent education law seems intent on suppressing. One of its not-so-veiled targets is "critical thinking," a code for subversion to some on the sectarian fringe.
How can voters enthusiastically support an Arizona law aimed at expelling undocumented immigrants and even more enthusiastically support immigration reform that puts undocumented immigrants on a path to citizenship?
To put children at the center of our arguments about immigration is to appeal to something beyond cold reason. Children are symbols of our future, and how we treat, view, care and talk about them matters for the nation we are.
Let's agree that job one right now is to exert maximum political pressure on President Obama and Secretary Napolitano and those timid souls who we send to Congress. They can begin to clean up this mess. Arizona can't.