Make no mistake, we are living through the most important time in Arizona’s history.
What makes this time so pivotal goes much deeper than what is going on with the controversial issues of today. More important is the cause of what is going on, and why?
Arizona is the focal point, and butt of late-night jokes, because of all the energy that has been directed here by our great nation, and we will explore here just the last two years to see what the heck happened.
Two years ago two major events occurred that would change history forever. Arizona’s demise begins in Iowa…
It was a cold winter, just like all the other winters. But there was something new in the air. One of the major parties had a woman and a black man as its front-runners. The other party had the power of two wars hoping to unite Americans in their fear of the cucuy.
The two front-runners headed into the Iowa primary were Hillary and Romney. Neither of them won in Iowa and this primary election was the beginning of a new era in US politics.
The big winners that night were Obama and Huckabee. The rest is history…
Why is this so important? We will discuss Obama later on, but what did Huckabee’s win accomplish? First we must explore the type of voter that wanted Huckabee to be elected, and that is the religious right. Winning in the nation’s first primary gave them a huge boost that would lead to the demise of Mitt Romney, and as the vote continued to be split between the business and religious Republicans, McCain was only too glad to pick up the “moderate” votes that remained.
Thus McCain rose to become another Arizona loser for the presidency, but before doing so he released Sarah Palin into the world. Ironically Palin would go on to lead the very movement that seeks to get rid of McCain, the teabagger’s movement. Although she is supporting McCain for obvious reasons, his main primary opponent, JD Hayworth, is running a campaign built on the energy that Palin is supporting.
This is the first connection between national politics and Arizona.
The next connection is due to Obama. After a close primary race, Obama is eventually victorious and becomes the democratic nominee for president of the United States. We will skip the historical significance of his election for now, but only point out one thing that is necessary for this story, and that is that Arizona’s governor, Janet Napolitano, supported Obama in the primary while he was still running against Hillary. There were many rumors flying around about a possible US Attorney General job in her future.
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Obama wins the election and becomes the first black president ever. He also appoints the first black Attorney General, Eric Holder. The Arizona governor was not left out, however, and she was appointed head of Homeland Security, and this was the moment Arizona’s ugliness began…
I once read that 2/3 of our state legislators lack a basic college education, and yet this is the body in charge of education spending. Needless to say, education has gotten the shaft under the current congress which has led Arizona to dead last in education in this nation. However more important matters, such as more gun rights, including the ability to carry a loaded shotgun to the state capitol and taunt thousands of people with neo-Nazi hate, has been not only preserved but strengthened, and this is what neo-Nazi JT Ready was allowed to do with the tens of thousands marching in Alto Arizona a few weeks ago.
But JT Ready has a special friend, and his name is Russell Pearce (pictured to the left), and Russell Pearce even attended a neo-Nazi rally with him. This is no secret, Pearce has admitted to it, and yet he continues to get elected, but that’s Mesa politics for you.
And since our state legislature is lacking when it comes to a quality education, Arizona must rely on Kansas for help in writing its bills. This is also no big secret, and the main author of SB1070, Kris Kobach from Kansas, was even on the Colbert Report last week proudly proclaiming his accomplishments. Too bad he is associated with the hate group FAIR.
Without even going into the merits or demerits of SB1070, we must first ask ourselves the following question: why are we letting neo-nazis and hate groups write Arizona’s bills? This is our state after all, isn’t it? We aren’t in Kansas anymore…
It turns out that SB1070-type bills were in the works for a while now, but thanks to Arizona’s last elected governor, Napolitano was able to veto them. But now she was about to advance to a position in Obama’s cabinet, so now who would lead our state?
Since Arizona lacks a Lt. Governor, the next-in-line became Jan Brewer, our Secretary of State. Brewer saw no problem with who was writing these bills, and what they were writing, and thus she signed SB1070 into law, and is now a popular guest of Greta on Fox News, who shot her show out of Phoenix today.
Arizona has a long history, and we skipped over 98% of it. 96 of these years led to 2008, and the last two years altered Arizona forever and we are now in 2010. In this election year, we get to either reaffirm the direct results of the 2008 election, which was keeping McCain as a US Senator, and bringing in Brewer as governor, or we get to take Arizona in a new direction.
Whoever we elect as governor this year will lead Arizona into its 100th year of existence in less than two years. 2012 will be a turning point for the nation and it all depends on what happens in Arizona. The reason is simple.
The election of Barack Hussein Obama is bringing out factions of our society that have not been in the mainstream for a long time. Due to the events of the last two years, Arizona is now being forced to confront an issue that is about to be awakened nationwide in a larger scale very soon, and that is the issue of xenophobia and racism. In this election year Arizona will head in one of two directions. The first direction is down the path we are on now, and bills will be passed that include denying citizenship to persons born here in direct violation of the 14th amendment, along with other racist bills.
The second direction will be a new path, one that will lead to a rebirth of Arizona. Arizona has changed a lot in the last century, and the demographics have drastically changed. There was no international border when Arizona became a state, nor was there Border Patrol. Go back a few more decades and Arizona was in a different nation. A lot has changed, but this election will determine a crucial question.
Will we be able to live as a diverse society in peace, or will xenophobia consume us?