Noemie Emery: Obama's domestic war on democracy 

President Obama kicked off his reign as the Free World's main honcho by dissing the British, which was an unpromising start. First, he sent back the bust of Sir Winston Churchill. Then there were the tasteful gifts to the queen and prime minister, dug out of a sale bin at Wal-Mart. So much for Churchill and Roosevelt, Reagan and Thatcher, JFK and his sister's relation-in-law, Harold Macmillan.

Special relationship? What special relationship? You must be out of your mind.

He dissed Poland and the Czech Republic -- to make Russia happy. He dissed Israeli -- to make Hamas happy -- making its prime minister cool his heels somewhere while he stalked off to have dinner.

The outlines of the emerging Obama Doctrine had begun to be obvious: He would engage, indulge, and look kindly on the likes of tyrants like Iran and North Korea, who armed to the teeth while threatening to eviscerate Israel and South Korea. But when it came to democracies and political, strategic, and historic allies of this country, their welcome and luck had run out.

Having run out of allies to annoy or embarrass, it seemed only a matter of time before the president turned on his country, and began aiming at one of its states. This would be Arizona, which tried to check a crime wave caused by illegal immigrants, setting off a flood of outrage not heard since Tea Party members held their last peaceful rally, and were blasted for hoped-for but unperceived violence while walking around bearing signs.

Obama said that his administration was studying Arizona's law "very carefully," just before Eric Holder and Janet Napolitano (Arizona's governor until fairly recently) said they hadn't read it, but opposed it on general principles. Mexico's president blasted the state from the floor of Congress, while Obama nodded in assent, and Democrats burst into cheers.

Arizona joins Britain, Israel, Poland and the Czech Republic on the list of democracies dissed by this president. "Arizona might as well be an enemy nation," says columnist Debra Saunders. And so it does seem.

Not only is el presidente now in a war against his own people, he seems to be abetting a species of civil hostility not seen here in 145 years. Some states -- or some neighborhoods, which consist of your brie-nibbling Metro-Americans -- want to wage civil war in the form of a boycott of the state's hospitality, and/or of its goods.

A boycott is perfect for this demographic, as it provides the maximum amount of self-satisfaction at the minimum amount of effort required, and no cost at all to themselves. Los Angeles wants to suspend economic relations. To show they mean business, they are now wearing bracelets: Red and blue bands designed by Rep. Joe Baca, D-Calif., who refuses to travel through Phoenix while flying to and from Washington.

Next, they'll roll out the big guns, and don lapel ribbons, like actors on Oscar night. Unless all the best colors are taken, of course.

Fortunately, in Civil War II, Arizona is not without weapons, one, it would seem, being polls. By substantial margins, Americans support Arizona's laws and its governor: As November draws near, some Democrats may come to regret their members' cheers for Mexico's president.

Outside Metro America, this may not play well. And, Arizona supplies Los Angeles with about 25 percent of its energy. A surprise power cut might make the lights go out in a numbers of neighborhoods, and go on in a number of heads.

As for Los Angeles, Arizona should pull the plug, pronto. Let them sip warm chardonnay in the dark.

Examiner Columnist Noemie Emery is contributing editor to the Weekly Standard and author of "Great Expectations: The Troubled Lives of Political Families."

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