All the recent sturm und drang emanating from Arizona’s newly enacted immigration law to identify and deport, at least the bad apple illegal aliens, reminded me of Alice’s experience with the White Queen in Lewis Carroll’s "Through the Looking Glass. So far we’ve seen numerous public rallies complete with bottle throwing and confrontations with local law enforcement as well as Arizona boycotts, real and threatened by organizations, cities and states. Their point, as far as I can ascertain, is that maybe, just maybe, someone’s civil rights might be violated in the law’s implementation.
As the White Queen explained it to Alice, "That’s the effect of living backwards. For instance now, there’s the King’s Messenger. He’s in prison now, being punished: and the trial doesn’t even begin till next week: and, of course the crime comes last of all." To further her point, the Queen began screaming. "Oh,oh.oh!" shouted the Queen, shaking her hand......"My finger’s bleeding! Oh, oh oh, oh!" Alice inquired "Have you pricked your finger?" "I haven’t pricked it yet," the Queen said, "but I soon shall – oh,oh,oh!"