AZ Gov. Ducey’s veto supports gun restrictionist Michael Bloomberg

May 12, 2016

Action dilutes Ducey’s signing of two 2nd Amendment bills

The NRA enthusiastically reported that two of the bills the organization backed in Arizona  — SB 1266 and HB 2338  were signed by the governor.

The report states, “The NRA-backed bills won support throughout the Arizona State Legislature despite attempts by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s out-of-state gun control groups to derail them with outlandish claims of gloom and doom.”

But that’s only part of the story.

Gov. Doug Ducey vetoed HB 2524, which actually assists dedicated gun restrictionist Michael Bloomberg and leaves a hole big enough for liberals to drive a MACK truck through. The Arizona Citizens Defense League had requested the interstate firearms legislation which would have prohibited Arizona and other member states from enacting firearm transfer requirements that are more restrictive that existing federal law. In his veto letter Gov. Ducey said that he sees “no reason for Arizona to tie ourselves to other state’s decisions on public policy relating to the transfer of firearms.”

By agreeing to follow federal law as part of an interstate compact, enactment of HB 2524 would have derailed the Bloomberg financed ballot measure Arizonans can expect to be filed soon. If this ballot measure passes in November, it will criminalize all private firearms transfers in Arizona that are not conducted through a federal firearms licensee. In order to make this “universal background check” requirement work, state level gun owner registration would have to take place –-  otherwise how would they know you are breaking the law?

By vetoing HB 2524, Gov. Ducey gave the green light to Bloomberg. Now that the Legislative session is over, all that Bloomberg needs for his measure to get on the November ballot is to file the required paperwork and gather 150,642 petition signatures by July 7. Easy work for a billionaire.

In 2014, after passage of a “universal background check” ballot measure in the state of Washington, Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety bragged that they were going to target Nevada, Maine and Arizona for the same treatment. In 2015, Bloomberg’s groups successfully met the requirements to get their scheme on the 2016 Nevada ballot. Earlier this year, they met similar requirements in Maine. 

In April, Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund, hired Pedro Morillas, a New York lobbyist registered in Arizona. That sends a clear signal they are getting ready to start the petition filing process here. The countdown has begun. We can still win!

With the Governor’s veto of HB 2524, we need to shift our focus to defeating Bloomberg at the ballot box in November. In Washington, despite Bloomberg and his buddies spending over $10 Million, their ballot measure passed with only 59% of the vote. That suggests to us that if gun owners show up on Election Day we can tilt the odds in our favor. But, that means we need to pull together to make sure that Arizona’s gun owners understand the issue.

Seeing Red AZ realized something was amiss with the information in the NRA report when Tucson was misspelled by the Fairfax, Virginia based NRA.. Arizona Citizens Defense League is based here in our own state. The NRA lost credibility when it endorsed John McCain in the 2010 Senate race after he worked for years to close what he referred to as the “gun show loophole,” which gun owners know to be a farce. Here’s McCain in a 2008 campaign ad, meddling in Colorado politics. In 2007, the NRA also endorsed then-Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon, a liberal Democrat who was dedicated to a city gun buy-back project paying for firearms to be melted down and recast into sculpture.

Such lunacy is the aim of leftists and Republicrats. We must defeat them with our votes. Knowledge is power. Share this post with those you know who value our constitutionally based freedoms.  Our nation’s Founders placed the Second Amendment immediately after the First for a reason.


GOP hypocrisy as establishment withholds support from Trump

May 9, 2016

 Political pundits are quick to report that everyone from the wary Japanese ambassador to the U.S. and Mexico’s hostile president, have concerns about Donald Trump.  The two clenched-jawed former Republican presidents, George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush, have no plans to endorse Trump. Amnesty pushing Jeb! —  the Bush establishment determiners had dubbed their successor, failed miserably in his effort to recapture the White House for the family. Now he sullenly joins his father and brother as never-Trumpers.  House Speaker Paul Ryan has stated he’s “just not ready” to back the presumptive GOP nominee, despite their scheduled meeting this week.

National Review magazine printed a cover story, “Conservatives against Trump,” in which authors, scholars, talk show hosts and others, rip Trump. The Hill has complied a lengthy list of belligerent Republicans also vowing never to back Donald Trump.

The business tycoon was not our first choice as we opted for Ted Cruz, but Cruz has dropped out as have 16 others who failed to garner support. Donald Trump is the sole Republican left standing — no small feat in such a sizable field.

Yet the GOP establishment continues to spew hypocrisy.  In 1996, the Bob Dole/Jack Kemp  ticket was a guaranteed  loser, but we were told we had to rally behind the standard bearers — regardless. The duo lost to Clinton /Gore. The scenario was repeated in 2008, when John McCain and Sarah Palin another substandard team were shoved down our throats and lost to Barack Obama and Joe Biden. The 2012 Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan ticket were also kicked to the political curb by Obama and Biden.

Grassroots conservatives who had trouble supporting each of the three tickets, were reprimanded for their reticence and told they needed to get on-board for the good of the nation, if not the party. 

Now the establishment elites in that very same Republican Party are engaging in sweeping  repudiations of Donald Trump after his grassroots triumphs — epic upsets — in state after state.

Here in Arizona, Trump carried 47.1% of the primary vote  to Ted Cruz’ 24.9% and Kasich’s 10.0%.   When John McCain ran for president,  he hung on to Arizona by a mere 8.5% margin of victory — in a clear sign of voter ire, which has only grown.

It’s time to remind these Republicrats that a vote against Donald Trump will be a vote for Hillary Clinton. If elected, her appointments to the Supreme Court will have devastating consequences for generations to come. It was Hillary, long before anyone had heard the name Barack Hussein Obama, who was working to push through a massive health care scheme during her husband’s administration. Bill Clinton appointed leftists Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer to the High Court. 

Donald Trump will be our Republican standard-bearer. The GOP syndicate needs to get used to that fact and take a good dose of the “support our nominee” prescription they peddled in 1996, 2008 and 2012. Trump has already evidenced stronger grassroots support than either Bob Dole, John McCain or Mitt Romney. Americans are fed up with the status quo. Donald Trump speaks to them as the regurgitated party hacks never could.


McCain’s former adviser also a Hillary supporter

May 4, 2016

During John McCain’s lackluster 2008 shuffle for the presidency — throughout which he spent more time defending Barack Obama than offering a viable alternative Republicans could rally behind — we opined that he probably cast his own ballot for Obama from the confines of wife Cindy’s luxurious penthouse.  

Now it’s being reported that Mark Salter, McCain’s longtime political adviser, is a Hillary Clinton enthusiast, saying, “I‘m with her.”  No surprise there.  His former boss McCain previously called Hillary “a rock star” he could support.

As we reported in July 2013,  McCain meets regularly with Barack Obama and his top advisers and has even expressed concern over helping the second term president in the legacy department. According to McCain, “The president of the United States, like all presidents in their second terms, looks at their legacy. And there are areas that we have worked on.”

Long known for forging alliances with the most liberal of Democrats, committed amnesty supporter McCain is more of a polarizing figure than ever, which was clearly evidenced by his near inability to carry his home state during his failed presidential bid. He managed a weak 8.9% margin of victory and lost four of Arizona’s fifteen counties to Obama. After over three decades in the senate, the gaffe-prone John McCain is actually running again —- for another 6-year senate term at age 80.

You won’t get this slipperiness from challenger Dr. Kelli Ward, a two-term former state senator with a conservative track record.  Her Issues page addresses the concerns of Arizona voters, as she says, “It’s time to shake up Washington.”  Send her a few bucks to help her get her message out. She’s married to a military man. John McCain doesn’t even have an accurate count on how many homes he and his beer heiress wife Cindy own — clearly not a problem most Arizona voters deal with.


Sen. Ted Cruz’ greatest blunders

May 2, 2016

For an acknowledged brilliant guy, with conservative values that rankle the GOP establishment, he’s woefully deficient in the strategy department

Talking about “New York values” right before the New York primary was not a smart move. The reverberation from that perceived slam, put this icing on his resounding defeat cake.

Conspiring with the self-centered John Kasich to put the skids on Donald Trump‘s presidential campaign — only to have the undisciplined and slippery spoiler Kasich bail on him. Kasich is hoping for a brokered convention, which has the very real potential to ensure the GOP future political irrelevance .

Ted Cruz’ selection  of Carly Fiorina “I have great admiration for Hillary Clinton” (video) as his Vice Presidential running mate. Fiorina also supports and lauds John McCain (video) as well as serving as an economic adviser to, and  high dollar bundler for his failed presidential campaign.

Refusing to answer”Meet The Press” interviewer Chuck Todd NINE TIMES Sunday as to whether he’d support Donald Trump if he‘s ultimately the GOP nominee.

Where are his advisers?


Dem think is mind-bogglingly arrogant

April 6, 2016

The Politico article Clinton aides unite on FBI legal strategy, appears innocuous enough. It describes the fact that a quartet of Hillary Clinton’s former staffers are using the same lawyer during the FBI probe into her reckless use of a private, unsecured server, based in her home — compromising national security data.

Readers must slog through over a dozen paragraphs before the interesting details regarding lawyer Beth Wilkinson emerge. She is not only a high dollar Clinton donor, but also gives generously to the Democrat Party. Potential conflicts aside, Wilkinson is the wife of CNN leftwing political analyst and former “Meet the Press” host, David Gregory. You might recall the dynamic duo send their children to the exclusive and heavily protected Sidwell Friends school in Washington, D.C., but hypocritically want to restrict the rest of us from possessing firearms. 

Have some good rainy day fun visiting the Sunlight Foundation. It’s equality entertaining when the sun is shining — as is forecast today.

“Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants,” remains a much quoted observation of former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis. (1856 – 1941)


Time to inoculate against dreaded Reince Priebus disease

April 3, 2016

Although the bombastic Donald Trump has run headlong into a political block wall several times recently, this high-handed move by Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus is equally concerning. When you have a name that sounds like a mysterious contagion, it could well have a lifelong deleterious effect.

Following a Thursday meeting with Donald Trump and his advisers, Priebus made it known that he does not plan to let the Trump campaign take over the party apparatus if Donald Trump wins the Republican nomination in Cleveland this July.

This is in direct contraction to longstanding precedent and Priebus’ own words on the RNC website:

“Conventions are democracy in action and our Party’s gathering in Cleveland will be an exciting, transparent, and fair process.”

Priebus is either following Establishment dictates or irrationally thinks he’s been knighted supreme ruler — although as the former RNC general counsel, he should know better. Either way, he needs to hear from us: (202) 863-8500.

Newsmax has the full report.


The unnerving implosion of Donald Trump

April 2, 2016

“You realize our candidate is mental? It’s like constantly having to bail out your sixteen-year-old son from prison” — Trump supporter Ann Coulter

Presidential candidate Donald Trump reached zenith heights early on by not only talking about the illegal invasion, but actually saying he was going to do something about it.  His “I’m gonna build a wall along our Southern border and make Mexico pay for it,” resonated with Americans weary of supporting costly illegals, (2013 figures) who not only enter our country by stealth, but make outrageous demands as they refuse to assimilate while taking American jobs. The billionaire reality showman easily found a loyal base.

We all knew Trump was shallow and not presidential. His inconsistent political background as a registered Democrat, Independent and Republican has been worrisome. His lack of preparedness, vacillation on key issues, hurled insults, vindictiveness, loutish crudeness and repetitive, blustery responses have been unnerving, but the assumption has been the successful entrepreneur would grow with exposure to the political realm and make us proud.  That hasn’t happened. He has only grown in cringe-worthiness, alienating more than uniting and failing miserably with the women he needs to win. Social conservatives and evangelicals are especially apprehensive.

Presidential primary campaigns are typically rough and tumble affairs, but the current contest has taken an especially heavy toll on Republican unity at a time when we can least afford it — with Hillary Clinton salivating at the prospect of  returning to the White House.

Now Trump’s strong conservative supporter Ann Coulter has called him “mental.” The author of Adios America! The Left’s Plan to Turn Our Country Into a Third World Hellhole concedes, “Let’s just talk about what he’s good on. He’s the only one who’s going to build a wall, but please stop testing our patience on the rest of this stuff,” she begged The Donald.

We feel Coulter’s pain.


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