Republican pretenders blow their cover
A group calling itself the “Real Arizona Coalition,” claims it is inclusive, broad-based and represented by a respected and multicultural array of the state’s community, faith and business leadership organizations. These people, we’re advised, represent many thousands of other individuals throughout Arizona.
It’s a pitch that sounds more like a threat than a promise. Then comes, what the used car salesman at the shoddy downtown lot calls the “big closer.” The Real Arizona Coalition’s “Real Solution,” it turns out, is the “SANE Approach to Federal Immigration Reform.”
The first clue is the hackneyed old saw that our immigration system is broken. In fact the system isn’t broken at all. What has collapsed is the will of the political establishment to push back against the vast illegal invasion of our country. The group has every trite response, including repeatedly telling us “we need federal immigration reform for a 21st century economy.”
Worse is the Real Arizona Coalition’s admission that its goal is for Arizona’s Congressional delegation to support the SANE federal immigration platform that advances such an economy. Its intent is “to move beyond issues focused only on enforcement and toward solutions that address the underlying problems with our current immigration system, while respecting the historic and ongoing contributions of immigrants. The ability to obtain citizenship must be addressed by Congress with discernment and fairness, and we have great hope that our elected officials and the American people can find and support a reasonable solution — even if it means engaging in compromise.”
Still blinking? Go ahead and read that doozy of a goal again. It’s worth remembering as you wade through the rhetoric that the deceptive premise is to engineer congressional action to gift American citizenship to those who disrespect our laws, march through our cities making demands and issuing threats, refuse to assimilate and promote Reconquista or re-conquering the Southwestern U.S. for Mexico in our public schools. Omitted are the vast array of negative impacts on our citizens in terms of the devastation of jobs lost to illegal workers, the high costs of providing benefits and combating increased crime.
Although this list consists of the usual cast of left-wingers —- Democrats, lukewarm Republicans, ethnic advocacy groups. and organizations including the Democrat Party, there are a few surprises in the form of Republican establishment types who deceptively campaign as conservatives. Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, whose job it is to enforce the law, is keeping mighty strange company these days. For him and the others of his ilk to engage in a process that suborns the interests of their constituents to those of the lobbyists and party elites whose favor they hope to curry is beyond disappointing. Also tucked in among the horde of liberals are RINOs Kirk Adams, gubernatorial candidate Scott Smith, and Lucy Mason who is currently running as a team with Vernon Parker for two vacancies on the Arizona Corporation Commission. They are all ready to sell their souls to the McCain wing of the party to advance their own political aspirations.
It’s no secret the Congressional Republicans the Coalition is diligently recruiting intend to pull a fast one on voters who oppose amnesty. The plan is to delay a vote on an amnesty bill until after the deadline passes for primary challenges across the country. That allows Republican lawmakers whose constituents adamantly oppose these provisions to wait until there are no primary challengers —- and then vote against the voters’ interest.
Don’t be conned. The “Real Arizona Coalition” stands exposed as REAL(ly) extreme Arizona liberals, regardless of which political tags they opt to use.