Two GOP U.S. Senators cave to anarchists

July 2, 2020

As rioting and violent mobs, abysmally ignorant of history, assault police officers, pillage and topple historic monuments — U.S. Presidents, Union Army Generals and Christopher Columbus among them — two U.S. Senators are caving to the agents of chaos.

Republican Sens. Ron Johnson (WI) and James Lankford (OK) now agree with the mob that intrepid Italian explorer Christopher Columbus is no longer worthy of a holiday commemorating his ships’ arrival in the Americas in 1492. When Columbus set off across the Atlantic, the prevailing thought was that the world was flat.

President Franklin Roosevelt, a Democrat, designated Columbus Day a national holiday in 1934. The first Columbus Day celebration took place in 1792, when the Columbian Order in New York City held a ceremony on the voyage’s 300th anniversary.

The senate duo of Johnson and Lankford has added an amendment eliminating the Columbus Day celebration to a bill declaring Juneteenth, memorializing the end of slavery, a new federal holiday. 

Characterizing the purging of the Columbus Day holiday as fiscally responsible, by not having two paid holidays, is less than truthful. This is all about votes as Johnson and Lankford look ahead to their next elections. They foolishly fail to comprehend that the mob is not their constituency.


SCOTUS turncoats: The ultimate betrayal

June 30, 2020

The United States Supreme Court has long had a predilection for Republican nominated Justices turning hard left after confirmation and donning the black robes of ultimate authority. Associate Justices Anthony Kennedy and Sandra O’Connor were prime examples of portraying themselves as conservative and then reveling in the muddy waters of being “swing votes,” aligning with liberals on major issues.

President Donald Trump is now likely feeling the same sting that Pres. Ronald Reagan endured as his nominees O’Connor and Kennedy danced with the wolves.

Neil Gorsuch, a former U.S. Court of Appeals Judge for the Tenth Circuit, was nominated as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States to succeed brilliant originalist Antonin Scalia, who died unexpectedly while on a hunting trip.

Brett Kavanaugh, a U.S. District Court Judge for the D.C. Circuit, succeeded retiring Anthony Kennedy following a contentious nominating process in which Democrats went to the mat to defeat his nomination. Pres. Trump’s support remained solid and conservatives rejoiced as the two nominees each were sworn in and took their seats on the nation’s highest court.

On the nine-member court with five Republican appointees — including Chief Justice John Roberts — the all-too-frequent lurch to the left is palpably disappointing.

Monday, Roberts jarringly joined far-left justices Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor in striking down Louisiana’s law requiring abortionists to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, concluding such patient protections violate the abortion rights mandated in the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision.

Two weeks earlier, the court ruled 5-4 against the Trump administration, saying it did not take the proper steps to end Obama’s 8-year-old Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which protects an estimated quarter of a million illegal aliens from deportation based on unable to be verified claims they entered the USA with their invading parents as young children. Roberts, ensuring a future Democrat majority voting bloc, wrote the court’s opinion, joined by the four liberal justices.

Bereaved family members making final arrangements for their loved ones at a Georgia funeral home, were forced to deal with an obvious male employee who decided to come to work in drag. His employer asked him to return to his usual mode of dress, which he claimed infringed on his right of free expression as a newly configured transgender male. Gerald Bostock’s outrageous claim was persuasive. In a June 15, 2020, 6-3 ruling, Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote the majority opinion. Justices Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas and Brett Kavanaugh were in the minority authoring dissents, voting for sanity.

Chief Justice John Roberts, portrayed as a conservative when nominated by President George W. Bush, joined his liberal colleagues in all three cases.


Haven’t we been down this Phoenix street before?

June 20, 2020

Destruction and renaming: Hallmarks of the left

America’s historic monuments are being toppled by the suddenly aggrieved. The calculatingly offended not only find Civil War memorials offensive, but also 1492 New World explorer Christopher Columbus and America’s first president, George Washington.

Washington was recently vandalized and brought down in Portland, Oregon along with a burning American flag and spray painted words “genocidal colonist.” The latest manipulative neutering is that certain street names, now considered offensive, have to go.

Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego, a Democrat, profits from those she refers to as “the community,” being in a froth. If they don’t know they’re offended, she’ll gladly inform them. Ginning up perpetual aggrievement is the latest trend in garnering votes, as incongruously wearing victimization in the land of the free has replaced pride in citizenship.

The latest gambit is to replace the names of Squaw Peak Drive and Robert E. Lee Street. Thanks to a policy change rammed through in 2017 by then-Mayor, now Congressman Greg Stanton (CD-9). The Democrat  did so despite objections of property owners, who preferred the historic name and opposed being forced to update the address listed on their driver’s licenses, legal documents, passports, bank accounts, connected to all credit cards and bills, including mortgages and utilities.

Stanton was following in the footsteps of then-Gov. Janet Napolitano, another Democrat, who in 2008 forced through the renaming of landmark Squaw Peak, a popular mid-Phoenix mountain known for its hiking trails. Bypassing the normal process she ramrodded the name Piestewa Peak, commemorating Lori Piestewa the as the first American Indian woman to die in combat in 2003 while serving in the armed forces in Iraq. Her actual heritage was half Hopi and half Mexican, which is stifled as less compelling.

Democrats are on a mission to effect change regardless of the merit or consequences. Disgracefully lacking in knowledge of American history it wouldn’t be surprising if the next monument they demolish is President Andrew Jackson, a Southerner who instituted policies that resulted in the forced migration of Native Americans. He also founded the Democrat Party.


SCOTUS hurls more havoc at besieged USA

June 19, 2020

Transgenderism given cover of normalcy, illegals magically legalized

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court many of us were proclaiming as turning a corner with two Trump appointees, veered off, instead, into unbridled legal hinterlands.

While Americans are staggering in the wake of a deadly pandemic and cities under siege as marauding bands of thugs use the deaths of now martyred criminals to loot, plunder, demand defunding of police and tear down historic monuments, we are told by the Supremes that we must redefine sexuality.

It’s a load worthy of mythical Atlas, who bore the sky aloft. But instead of a Greek titan of legend, it will be us and future generations who will have to hoist this absurdity.

Conservative Review’s Daniel Horowitz does as fine a job as we’ve seen explaining what was just thrown at us in this 6-3 opinion in which Justice Neil Gorsuch turned John Robertsish and voted with the court’s liberal Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan, caving to the ACLU legal team. Pres. Trump’s other Supreme Court appointee, Justice Brett Kavanaugh, joined Justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas in dissenting.

Read Horowitz’ “SCOTUS decision redefining sexuality will wreak havoc on society.”

Want even more? Horowitz also provides this earlier overview: “Conservatives get massacred by fake ‘conservative’ SCOTUS.”

Legal scholar Mark Levin weighed in on the Department of Homeland Security v. Regents of Univ. of California case, in which the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that DHS’ rescission of DACA was “arbitrary and capricious.” Justices Thomas, Alito, Gorsuch and Kavanaugh, were in the minority as Chief Justice Roberts once again joined with the liberals.

Levin asserted “this week the Supreme Court did more damage to the rule of law and the Constitution than the rioters in the streets.”

Chief Justice John Roberts shiftily contended that “the dispute before the Court is not whether DHS may rescind DACA. All parties agree that it may. The dispute is instead primarily about the procedure the agency followed in doing so.”

DACA is the facile acronym for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, a program thrust upon us as an executive action by Barack Obama in 2012. DACA worked hand-in-hand with another scam known as the D.R.E.A.M. Act. The acronym stood for Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors. It was introduced as S.1291. The 2002 bill was drafted before the speech police ruled the words “illegal” and “alien” unacceptable, so they were used extensively throughout the bill.

Justice Clarence Thomas’ opinion asserted that the majority decision “must be recognized for what it is: an effort to avoid a politically controversial but legally correct decision.

Renown former Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes is quoted as saying, “The longing for certainty is in every human mind. But certainty is generally illusion.”


Monumental fail as monuments fall

June 13, 2020

Obliterating our past falsely sanitizes our present and makes a mockery of our future

Paraphrasing President John Adams, history is a stubborn thing. It is what it is, a revealing reflection of all aspects of the past — a teacher like no other.

Students of history know that though societal mores change over time, they remain the foundation of what we strive for as an improved present. Tearing down statues is the reprehensible equivalent of Nazi book burning. Renaming military bases, the latest obsession of the left, is insanity based in ignorance. There is even a movement to alter the full name of northeastern Rhode Island, which few outside of the nation’s smallest state, founded in 1636, have ever heard and has nothing to do with slavery.

The anti-white hatred, fueled by the needless death of a man with a lengthy criminal history, has even found a foothold in England, where radical protesters, deceptively described in the press as “far-right” are attempting to remove statues including that of WWII heroic Prime Minister Winston Churchill. It has previously been defaced with the word, “racist,”by the historically ignorant. Current Prime Minister Boris Johnson correctly called it “absurd and shameful” that the monuments were at risk.

Do yourself a favor and readThe Monumental Campaign to #CancelAmerica,by conservative author and commentator Michelle Malkin. Her words represent reason in a sea of cultural absurdity and are definitely worth your time.


Phx Art Museum sends insulting message to patrons

June 5, 2020

Newly hired Director and CEO Tim Rogers hops on the radical leftist and self-flagellation bandwagon, as “grieving” Phoenix Art Museum condemns “culture of white supremacy that has plagued our nation for centuries,” examines its own “complicity in structural racism,” pledges to dismantle ‘systemic racism’ within our own institution”

Dear Phoenix Art Museum Friends and Family,

Phoenix Art Museum grieves, with our community, for the brutal deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and countless Black men and women who have lost their lives to the senseless violence caused by systemic racism.

We mourn with Black families who have lost sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers, each the victims of persistent, unchecked brutality at the hands of those who swore to protect them.

We condemn the culture of white supremacy that has plagued our nation for centuries.

But it is not enough.

It is not enough to grieve, to mourn, to condemn. It is not enough for us, nor any cultural institution, to simply mute ourselves in an effort to provide a temporary space for Black voices. We recognize that, as part of the larger art world, cultural institutions must address decades-old inequities that prevent us from being strong allies to Black women and men, to people of color, to Indigenous peoples, to the LGBTQIA+ community, and to women. We have not done enough to use our incredible privilege and platform in ways that could impact real change.

As we navigate this period of tumult amidst the profound impact of COVID-19, we resist the temptation to dispense empty platitudes, and instead strive for robust action. We seek to understand and examine our own complicity in structural racism. With the full support of new leadership and the Board of Trustees, we commit to identifying, designing, and executing upon real, actionable solutions to dismantle systemic racism within our own institution, including in the areas of exhibitions, collections, employment practices, board recruitment and training, community programming, and marketing and communications. We will listen to the feedback of our community, and will work to ensure that Black, Latinx, Indigenous, and LGBTQIA+ voices, along with the voices of other underrepresented groups, are not ignored but centered.

We will be better. We will do better. We begin today.

With gratitude,
Your Phoenix Art Museum

#BlackLivesMatter 
#AmplifyingMelanatedVoices
#MuseumsAreNotNeutral

Following this bizarre missive, the museum boldly asks for donations.


Phx police new enemy as emboldened mob demands control

June 4, 2020

The men and women of the Phoenix Police Department take an oath of office swearing to “protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, and the Constitution and laws of the State of Arizona, and will bear true faith and allegiance to the same, and defend them against enemies, foreign and domestic.”  These words are embedded in Arizona Revised Statutes and are also affirmed by elected officials. From 1928 to the present, the Phoenix Police Department has lost 38 Officers in the line of duty.

Suddenly those who put their lives on the line to protect and defend the rest of society are the enemy as marauding criminal gangs have taken to the streets across the nation, using the needless death of a black man arrested for passing a counterfeit $20 bill in Minneapolis as an excuse for violence, looting, arson, and hurling bricks at, and even killing police. The white officer restraining George Floyd with a knee to his neck causing his death and other officers who witnessed it have been jailed, and are facing murder charges.

The repercussions of this death nearly 1,700 miles away, have emboldened ransacking mobs, blandly described by the local, far left newspaper as “activists and protesters” Bolstered by the lack of resolve of weak Democrat Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego, a crowd reported in excess of 1,000 descended on City Hall demanding a 25% decrease of police funding while “fully funding an Office of Accountability and Transparency.”

As widespread domestic terrorism erupted in Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey activated the National Guard.

In a recent interview, Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams, a black female, bizarrely commended Phoenix police officers who took a knee along with protesters during a night of protests saying, “We lead with heart,” and opining, “that sentiment reflects the beliefs of the majority of the police department.”

If that’s truly the case, which we doubt, we’re in trouble.


Some Facts Worth Knowing…and then some

June 3, 2020

Longtime readers of Seeing Red AZ are aware we have favorite columnists to whom we sometimes direct your attention. Topping our list for years was the brilliant economist, professor, and author Dr. Thomas Sowell, who retired far too young at age 86 in 2016.  Dr. Walter Williams, another economist, and conservative genius, just a few years younger, and still writing influential columns, now holds sway with his approach to current events.

Both men are black political conservatives, who base their reasoning on growing up as poor minorities, but possessing great minds that provided them with opportunities and intellectual perspective they have shared through their columns. 

Today’s column by Dr. Walter Williams, is titled, “Some Facts Worth Knowing.” His concluding sentence is, “As I pointed out in a recent column, intelligent decision-making requires one to not only pay attention to the benefits of an action but to its costs as well.”

Although the column is not specific to the violent national riots that have occurred in the wake of the death of Minneapolis resident George Floyd, it covers the benefits America provides that are ignored by the radical left anarchists, looters, arsonists and their apologists. Prophetically, in January, Dr. Williams wrote,The New Racism.”

Lost in the swirl of violence are some pertinent facts. George Floyd’s unfortunate death has become incidental to the current criminality. What is now referred to as “systemic racism” the rallying cry of the mobs, is a fallacy. Phoenix disproves that fraudulent allegation. We have Jeri Williams, a black female police chief, whose husband Cody Williams, was previously a city councilman and is now a Phoenix Justice of the Peace.

The first black councilman was elected in 1965. Ethnic minorities, including Hispanics, have long been elected to city, county and federal public offices. Currently, four of the eight Phoenix City Council members are Hispanic as are one third of our congressional representatives. The state legislature represents an ethnic mix. The exclusive enclave of Paradise Valley elected a black city council member who then served two terms as mayor. Republican Margaret Hance was elected the first female mayor of Phoenix in 1975, serving four consecutive two-year terms, from 1976 to 1983. In 1946, lawyer Wing F. Ong, was the first Chinese-American, who was not born in the United States, to be elected to a state House of Representatives. He was then elected to the state senate in 1966. Former state senator Kimberly Yee, was elected State Treasurer and is a nationally recognized Republican leader — the first female Asian-American to be elected to statewide office in Arizona.

White America is more colorblind than the current manufactured outrage would have us believe.

We shouldn’t lose sight of the fact that racism can emanate from minorities, as former city councilman Calvin Goode made all too clear in this stunning example.


Phx Mayor Gallego joins other Dems defending rioting thugs

May 30, 2020

Dem mayors lead America’s most dangerous cities

As late night rioters filled the streets of downtown Phoenix Thursday, Mayor Kate Gallego remained mysteriously silent. She finally issued this bizarre statement after an unruly mob of criminals and vandals claiming to honor the memory of Minneapolis resident George Floyd, killed by a hometown police officer nearly 1700 miles away, engaged in a destructive rampage. Led by long-time race baiting rabble-rouser and con man, Jarrett Maupin, the mob made demands while damaging at least five police vehicles, bus stop shelters and causing havoc at public buildings including the Phoenix Police Department where rocks shattered the glass doors and broke windows at the AZ Industrial Commission building. They were turned away as they demanded access to the closed state legislature. Maupin is quoted as saying, “Rioting is the language of the oppressed.”

Previously, Gallego, a leftist Democrat, apologized to a couple accused of shoplifting, because an officer drew a gun on them when they ignored his warnings to stop in the parking lot of the store where the pilferage took place. In response to Gallego’s foolishness, the couple filed a $10 million lawsuit against the city’s taxpayers.

Maupin, a former Al Sharpton protégée, calls himself “Reverend,” though like his mentor, he attended no theological seminary and has no congregation.

Following violent riots in Chicago, Mayor Lori Lightfoot, a radical Democrat, presiding over a crime ridden city with murder rates rivaling war zones, announced at Friday’s press conference that she has two words for President Trump: “F— you.”“I will encode what I really want to say to Donald Trump,” Lightfoot said. “It’s two words: It begins with F and it ends with U.”

These words come from a major city mayor as riotous marauders made their way across America leaving rubble in their path. Taking down suburbia is their latest threat.

Robert B. Charles, writing for Amac (the conservative alternative to AARP, which supported Obamacare), notes of the top-ten “most dangerous cities” in America, all have Democrat mayors.  Those cities are Detroit, St. Louis, Oakland, Memphis, Birmingham, Atlanta, Baltimore, Stockton, Cleveland and Buffalo.

Charles’ article is titled, “America’s 25 Worst Cities are Democrat-Led – The Answer, New Leaders.”

In view of what we’re currently witnessing across the nation these are facts worthy of your attention.


Who are the Dems eyeing as their Harry Truman?

May 17, 2020

Similarities between 1944 and 2020

Is a bucket of warm “spit” the Democrats’ Vice Presidential best choice? Make time to read Victor Davis Hanson’s cogent mental floss, regarding their pivotal selection of a running mate for feeble Joe Biden.

In a pathetic act of political desperation, Biden has already pledged to name a woman as his running mate and will likely bow to party pressure to ensure she’s a minority. Plumbing and melanin, which determines skin color, both genetic incidentals over which none of us have a choice, now take precedent over actual qualifications.

Selecting a running mate is always a paramount consideration for a presidential candidate, all the more so for nearly 78-year-old Biden, whose increasingly garbled speech, confusion and disorientation are indicators of dementia according to this Mayo Clinic list.