AZ GOP outreach could soar minus McCain purge, Flake defection

June 20, 2017

AZ GOP chairman Jonathan Lines routinely sends out an email titled the AZGOP Daily Update!  Sniping at the more widely read  Republican Briefs he declares it the Only Official Newsletter of the Arizona Republican Party! (Exclamation points and italicized type are his.)

This recent message was an attention grabber. Noting that the party is gearing up for the 2018 election, he says, “ I know you are all excited to get to work for the conservative cause!” He then describes a GOP Data Center intended to ensure that all precinct committeemen have the resources they need to help elect Republicans.  He goes on to describe an ambitious training project to mobilize many thousands of precinct committeemen.

Precinct committeemen are the nuts and bolts, grassroots workers of the party apparatus. They are elected on the primary ballot by their neighbors in each precinct in districts across the state. Many PCs have been volunteering their time to the party for decades, going door-to-door collecting the nominating petition signatures candidates need to qualify for the ballot.  They distribute campaign literature and recruit other committeemen. They hammer signs in the parched earth under the sweltering Arizona sun and work tirelessly getting out mailings and make phone calls on behalf of candidates.

So imagine the shock when establishment types, notably Arizona’s U.S. Senators work to remove these loyalists from their ranks. Former Sen. Jon Kyl got down in the precinct weeds, sending out postcards advising who the conservative choices were. In fact the choices he advocated for were not conservatives at all, while actual conservatives were kicked to the curb on his advice. His actions were intended to remove the Maricopa County chairman, who was unable to serve after losing the PC election. Conservatives had the last laugh as he new county chairman appointed his predecessor as executive director.

This establishment deceit is an ongoing activity. Most recently McCain operatives worked within precincts, recruiting ringers to overfill allotted PC slots, in another concerted effort to oust conservatives. After McCain was the subject of an unprecedented and embarrassing censure by elected state committeemen at the annual statutory meeting the effort began in earnest. Many longtime PCs were replaced by recruited members from the Vietnamese community who esteem McCain.  These recruits never attended monthly district meetings or engaged in the duties of committeemen. They were placeholders intended to do but one task: Show up to vote for squishy intra-party officers.

BreitbartFrontPage Mag, and POLITICO  all reported on the McPurge.

Now we have U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake who refused to vote for the Republican party nominee Donald Trump —  running for reelection for another 6-year senate term. The state party never uttered a word of reprimand to either Flake or McCain, who both assisted Hillary Clinton. Watch Flake in this Hillary campaign ad. McCain, at age 80, was in the midst of a reelection campaign of his own and couldn’t afford to alienate any voters, but his pals Lindsey Gahamnesty and Mitt Romney had no such qualms.

Romney recently made two Arizona campaign appearances to bolster Flake. Chairman Lines wrote glowingly of the assist. The word “traitor” was never used to describe either man.

And McCain? He recently told the British press that “Barack Obama provided better American leadership than President Trump.” Then he bumped his anti-GOP hostility up a notch, declaring,I’m very worried we’re going to lose the House of Representatives.”

Keep demoralizing the base Johnny, and you might well be prophetic.

Meanwhile neither AZ GOP Chairman Jonathan Lines nor his predecessor Robert Graham have ever addressed Arizona’s two Democrat-supporting U.S. Senators —  posing as Republicans when elections roll around — who unashamedly gave Hillary their tacit approval.

Arizona Republicans deserve better.  Commit to principled conservative Dr. Kelli Ward.


Greg Stanton: Phx’ tyrannical leftist mayor stifles voters’ voice

June 19, 2017

Political correctness overrides resident’s rights as arrogant Stanton plays name game, changing city policy to align with his whims

Who can forget the ham-handed tactics liberal former Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano used in 2003 renaming Squaw Peak, the landmark mountain favored by hikers in north Phoenix? Aided by her henchman Mario Diaz, she ramrodded  the politically correct change through despite protests from Valley residents.  Following her lead, far leftist Barack Obama  renamed North America’s tallest mountain, over objections. It had been  named in honor of the election of war hero and popular Republican President William McKinley in 1896. He was later assassinated by an anarchist at the beginning of his second term.

Now Phoenix is dealing with liberal Mayor Greg Stanton who has unilaterally decided to override the homeowners in the Squaw Peak neighborhood who want to keep the unique street name as their address. There have been protests from the residents who have called public meetings, signed petitions and spoken before the city council to let their voices be heard. Aside from wanting to retain the unique name, residents would be forced to update their addresses on bank and investment accounts, driver‘s licenses and legal documents, including mortgages, wills and trusts. They’d have to change their credit cards, their children’s school records, family medical records, requests for early ballots and contact all their creditors.

In his first stage response to their protests, Stanton ordered new signage erected directing hikers to Piestewa Peak. Now he’s enlarged upon that scheme.

Current city policy requires the support of 75 percent of affected property owners to agree to a name change, but that’s too democratic for the Democrat mayor. To address what he considers a problem of not enough inclusion of minorities in street names, he is on a mission to push his agenda forward and intends to accomplish that by changing the city policy to suit his whims.

Far leftist Stanton, who received a joint congratulatory call from then-President Obama and then-Homeland Security chieftain Janet Napolitano, has filed to run for Arizona Secretary of State. — a sleeper office often the direct route to the governor’s office since it is next in line of ascension if a sitting governor is unable to serve out his or her  term.

As we noted in our April 8, 2017 post “Back to the future with Squaw Peak,” Stanton lives on a street named Frier. Squaw Peak residents should petition the city to change it to something less offensive to vegetarians, vegans and members of PETA. Tofu Drive has a nice, non-offensive ring to it.


Why young Americans are liberal

June 1, 2017

The following video is guaranteed to make you question the next bond measure requesting a tax increase for teacher’s pay raises. It took years of dumbing down America’s students to give us these young adults. Many teachers are left wing union members who spend more time with America’s kids than their parents do.

 It’s a good bet many of the people depicted in this video voted for avowed Socialist Bernie Sanders for President. After all, he promised them free college, though they are unable to  comprehend the horror that Marxist-driven Socialism actually is. That was omitted from the curriculum — along with American history and instruction in our Constitution and Bill of Rights. Years of left wing propagandizing does, however, include moral relativism in which students are taught the U.S. is no better or worse than countries with corrupt regimes ruled by oppressive tyrants.

Liberal indoctrination begins in Kindergarten and the finishing touches are put on at the university level. This 2016 study published in the Washington Times  revealed that liberal professors outnumber conservatives 12-1

Watch the result of this indoctrination. Despite the fact that North Korea, led by unstable Kim Jong-un, just launched its NINTH missile capable of carrying a hydrogen bomb — leading U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis to state a war with intentionally confrontational North Korean would becatastrophic— these unconcerned Americans heap praise on the North Korean despot.

How likely is it that a group of 100 New Jersey 8th graders on a D.C. field trip unilaterally decide to refuse having their photo taken with House Speaker Paul Ryan, because they “hated him” for his “positions on health care, education and LGBT rights?” It’s reasonable to assume they might have been fed massive doses of political propaganda in preparation for the trip.

This is where the National Education Association and American Federation of Teachers spend their $ millions in dues each year. Teachers unions have steadily amped up their political involvement: From 2004 to 2016, their donations grew from $4.3 million to more than $32 million — an all-time high. Even more than most labor unions, they have little use for Republicans, giving Democrats at least 94 percent of the funds they contributed to candidates and parties — since as far back as 1990, when Open Secrets’ Center for Responsive Politics data collecting began.


Boorish grads boo U.S. Ed. Sec. Betsy DeVos

May 11, 2017

Commencement season brings with it prominent speakers to bestow words of wisdom on graduates as they leave the confines of academia and prepare to make their way in the world. In generations past, the speakers were greeted with cordiality as the eager college seniors looked forward to putting their years of education to good use.

Unfortunately, times have changed. Many students, such as those at U of Calif. Berkeley, are practiced rioters. Twelve previous years of El-Hi have inculcated them with massive doses of liberalism — five days a week, 180 days a year. Rioters are not alone.  There are now a substantial number of “snowflakes,” who react negatively to instruction or issues they disdain, needing safe spaces, soothing music, coloring books, puppies and hot cocoa to comfort them.

They are products of non-competitiveness, where everyone on the team gets a participation award, but there are no actual winners, or conversely, losers. The prospect of hurting a losing competitor’s feelings is too unbearable to comprehend. Graduates who are unable to speak grammatically correct English are indicative of the lack of time spent on communication skills. What American History is taught has been given a new slant along with factual revisionism. Americans are not world leaders who live in freedom, granted by a masterfully crafted Constitution that invokes a Creator. It is an aggressor nation that oppresses its citizens and exploits the environment.

Graduates are not likely to favor capitalism over communism, because they view the former as exploitive, though they have no real grasp on the issues. Many of them voted for Socialist Bernie Sanders. They refer to politicians they don’t like as “Hitler,” lacking any understanding of the atrocities committed by the Nazi Third Reich.

It is with this backdrop that U. S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, was scheduled to give the commencement address at Bethune-Cookman University — a historically black university in Daytona Beach, Florida on Wednesday.

DeVos was greeted with loud boos and turned backs as she reached the lectern to deliver her commencement remarks. As she spoke, she was booed, shouted at, and met with calls of “Go home!” from students and audience members. Minutes into her speech, the president of BCU, Edison Jackson, stopped her to address the disruptive students. Jackson said degrees would be mailed to students if their behavior continued. “Choose which way you want to go,” he said.

DeVos began again, but the toothless warning went unheeded as the boos increased.  She addressed some of the opposition to her speaking at the black university, asking for those critical of her to hear her out, voicing the Trump administration’s support for black colleges and universities. “We support you and we will continue to support you,” she said.

Business Insider reports that the weeks leading up to her speech were marked by vocal opposition by students, civil rights organizations, and Florida education groups, who claimed DeVos has no understanding of the history and significance of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs)

Parents often go into debt to provide the college education they believe to be the key to their children’s successful futures. But instead of being educated, they are being indoctrinated and propagandized by mostly leftwing unionist instructors. This is where their National Education Association (NEA*) dues go. The American Federation of Teachers (AFT*) has the same agenda. American children spend more time each day with these agents of the left than they do their own parents.

On Tuesday, petitions carrying the names of over 8,000 students were delivered to university leaders urging them to “disinvite” DeVos from addressing the commencement ceremony.

Victimhood is a status graduating college seniors — of any background or ethnicity —-should ditch. It clashes with caps and gowns.

*H/T Center for Responsive Politics


Pres. Trump appointing Cindy McCain to key post?

May 8, 2017

We’ve all heard the old adage, “Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.” If the reports are true, President Trump must be taking those words to heart.

What else could motivate him to consider appointing Anheuser-Busch beer heiress Cindy McCain to a State Department post? Under discussion is a broad-based position, perhaps ambassador-at-large, where she would focus on a specific issue, such as human trafficking.

The McCain’s discussed possible choices with President Trump during a dinner at the White House last month, according to an AP report.

A still petulant, failed presidential candidate, John McCain has done all he can to undermine Donald Trump since Trump won the GOP nomination. He withdrew his momentary support, and like his doppelgänger seat mate Jeff Flake, said he would not be voting for Trump.  McCain has actually referred to scandal-plagued Hillary Clinton asa rock star.” Flake claimed Trump can’t win and shouldn‘t win.” The McCain’s and their fully-packed daughter, Meghan — now gifted with a morning slot on the Fox network —  have made no secret of their deep animosity toward Trump.

On Election Day, Cindy McCain sported a white pantsuit, a “code” used by those supporting Hillary Clinton —- even giving rise to a hashtag #WearWhiteToVote.

Just prior to Trump’s inauguration, an easy to imagine salivating John McCain passed what he knew to be unverified documents, reported as a “dossier” — all later determined to be bogus — to FBI director James Comey, alleging secret contacts between the Trump campaign and Moscow along with allegations that Russian intelligence had personally compromising material on the then-president-elect.

No doubt about it — Cindy McCain, addicted to prescription opioids in the mid-1990s, stealing them from her own charity and misleading investigators about the facts — would be the ideal person to put in charge of trafficking — human or otherwise.

President Trump needs to rethink this plan.  It’s akin to bringing famished foxes into the hen house.


Clemson Univ. teaches expecting promptness is racist

April 17, 2017

Cultural divide expands even further; now extends to the clock

Diversity training scores another goose egg. Craig Bannister writing for cnsnews exposes the latest leftward lunacy coming out of what was previously referred to as higher education.

Clemson University’s “diversity education and training” instructs the university’s employees that every “cultural perspective regarding time” is equally valid, so it’s wrong to expect people to be prompt.

The university is spending nearly $27,000 on this program for its faculty members and the school’s President James P. Clements has pledged that ‘all employees will participate in the diversity plan in order to create a more inclusive environment on campus.

As an example, in one slide presentation, employees are taught that tardiness is acceptable because the concept of time is culturally relative. Thus, every culture’s perception of the actual time must be respected — since one “cultural perspective regarding time is neither more nor less valid than any other.”

Got that?  Chronic lateness  is no longer rude or disqualifying, but needs to be respected.

The presentation gives the example of “Alejandro,” who called a 9:00 a.m. meeting, and instructs that he should not rebuke a group of foreign professors and students who show up late: “Time may be considered precise or fluid depending on the culture.” The slide tutors that Alejandro shouldn’t impose his definition of time on others since doing so is not only disrespectful, but racist.

Bannister’s source is Campus Reform.

This past week SRAZ postedSkewed news & rethinking the desirability of a college education,” describing a professor at Fresno State University who took to twitter to opine, “To save American democracy, Trump must hang. The sooner and the higher, the better.” It melds with the Clemson madness. Our once revered institutions of higher learning have become liberal propaganda machines, dispensing outrageousness and putting the finishing touches on the 12 previous years of brainwashing by members of the leftwing teacher’s unions. Open Secrets reveals the donations made by the National Education Association (NEA) and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), two of the largest lobbying groups in the country.

The deception grows as Clemson’s President James P. Clements sums his views up with these words on the university’s website: 

“It is important, as an institution of higher learning, to celebrate our diversity and help others see the importance of creating an environment of inclusive excellence.”

We should be celebrating unity — which strengthens, rather than separates us. That’s what America has represented to generations of legal immigrants who gratefully assimilated into Americans, making our heritage their own as they transitioned to speaking English,  embraced our traditions and honored the freedoms enshrined in our Constitution. It was known as Americanization.

In a paean to diversity, the inmates with multiple degrees are now overseeing an increasingly Balkanized asylum. President Clements’ annual base salary is $801,330.  No doubt he’s worth every cent.


Mail-in ballots should be a choice not a mandate

April 3, 2017

Ease of voting lessens safeguards and ballot integrity

Do you like the feeling of dropping your ballot in a secure ballot box at your polling place?  Many of us do. We can almost hear “God Bless America” playing in our heads as push the ballot through the slot.

That long-standing tradition will become as passé as glove compartment maps and White Out in Maricopa County as soon as next year if the newly elected Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes has his way. Fontes has announced his intention to mandate mail-in ballots in time for the 2018 statewide elections — eliminating polling places, poll workers and security.

Democrat Fontes, who won the office by 1 percentage point, describes the issue as a cost and time saving mechanism. Others view the grand scheme differently, expressing concerns about ballot security, including ballot harvesting, and coercion. There is also the real problem of non-citizen participation in our elections.

The guarantee of secure elections is a fundamental expectation of each and every voting citizen. We should accept nothing less

March 2016, Seeing Red AZ posted How secure is your mail-in ballot? It included several links that expose the very real crimes associate with voter fraud — including ballot harvesting.

Last November, just days before the presidential election, the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated Arizona’s ban on “ballot harvesting.” Read more in SCOTUS blog. Previously, the County Recorders and Secretary of State refused to stop the fraudulent practice.

How much easier and more open to fraud could voting be?  Fontes indicates that any voter who is eligible to vote in local elections — though they’ve never previously requested or received a mail-in ballot need not do anything to participate. All registered voters will automatically receive a ballot. Voters can register online. 

Fontes is quoted as saying, “The old system, (it) is time, in my mind, to move to the side,” I don’t know anybody that uses a horse and buggy today either.”

Fortunately Fontes is not the sole determiner of how the election system plays out. The state legislature will need to amend state law and the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors has the responsibility to authorize such a major shakeup of our elections. Then there are those pesky voters who prefer to cast their ballot in person, and have reason to distrust a system that lacks oversight.

Following the retirement of longtime Elections Director Karen Osborne, Fontes is conducting a nationwide search for a replacement, rather than promoting from within the office that functions in tandem with the Recorder’s Office.