Alejandrina Cabrera wants to serve the citizens of San Luis, Arizona; she is running for a seat on the city council. This fledgling parliamentarian’s hopes and dreams of shepherding the citizenry into the 21st century, contributing at city council meetings through various avant-garde channels of communication such as articulating her thoughts and ideas via charades, nodding and shaking her head when it seemed appropriate, perhaps even employing an interpreter, were unceremoniously ceased and desisted. It was the highest of judicial authority for the state of Arizona, the Arizona Supreme Court, which applied, with prejudice, the legal kibosh on her campaign. Sadly, Alejandrina has been legally barred from serving as an elected official in the state of Arizona.
Barack Obama and his Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s home state of Illinois will not be testing on writing proficiency for high school junior level students. FBI special agent Robert Grant capsulized the state of Illinois while announcing the arrest of Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich: “If it is not the most corrupt state in the United States, it’s certainly one hell of a competitor.” Of course Blagojevich’s predecessor, Governor George Ryan, was not present at the press conference as he was relaxing in prison serving a 6-1/2 year sentence for political corruption. It was not known if either Blagojevich or Ryan are proficient in writing.