In a single issue — Sunday’s edition — The Periódico de la República de Arizona (Arizona Republic), bawdily bared itself in a fashion befitting a porn star.
The Viewpoints section opened with illegal immigration hustler, Linda Valdez, spewing seemingly endless bile at recently deceased British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher as she links her to conservative icon Ronald Reagan, hurling insults at both. Her abhorrence of the pair is palpable from the headline “Maggie, Ronnie cast dark shadows,” through the vicious conclusion of her commentary in which she characteristically berates what she calls hard-line conservatives and blames the ills on both sides of the Atlantic — and oddly Arizona — on the Tory and Conservative who contributed mightily to their nation’s progress.
Following Valdez’s vitriol is a lone editorial. It is a paean to Arizona’s senators and their key roles in extending the gift of amnesty to lawbreakers, noting that both John McCain and Jeff Flake “have a history of supporting reform,” though “both forgot that for a while.” The missing words are “while campaigning.” The editorial welcomes them both back to leadership roles in undercutting our national sovereignty and adherence to the rule of law. In 2011, the Republic denounced Flake as a mere “politician” — no longer a “statesman” — for emulating John McCain’s border transformation during his last senatorial campaign. Editorialist Doug MacEachern called Flake’s change of heart on legalizing millions of illegal aliens “jarring.” (click on the links for a reminder of their campaign duplicity.)
Dragging bottom of the same page are My Turn columns by ASU President Michael Crow and Daniel Ortega, the former chairman of the racist La Raza, which the newspaper terms a “the nation’s largest and most influential Latino advocacy group.” La Raza’s motto — “For The Race everything. Outside The Race, nothing” — is chilling to any sane person who values equality.
Crow uses his space to once again push for foreign ‘STEM’ (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) students — those he claims are the best and brightest — to bypass our nation’s “antiquated immigration laws” and compete with our own American citizens for a place in university classes and in today’s tough job market.
Ortega rails about the “stain” on Arizona caused by the passage of SB 1070, and the imperative of “fixing” our immigration system by adopting a “sensible, humane, federal immigration-reform bill” that will “set our state and national economy on a road to greater prosperity.”
Stir in a photo of demonstrators rallying for amnesty — this time waving American, rather than Mexican, flags as John McCain helpfully advised them — along with a vicious cartoon lampooning Sheriff Joe Arpaio who was recently the target of an intercepted package bomb that officials say was capable of killing a person opening the box.
It’s all in the fish-wrapper so worthy of the name: The Periódico de la República de Arizona. No wonder it’s dying.