I now have to acknowledge that it is crystal clear: Superintendent Douglas has not done all the AZ State Constitution empowers the state superintendent to do to actually represent the Arizonans who elected her with the Mandate to Eradicate the Common Core agenda! (It’s still not about “standards!”)
From the beginning of their time in the respective offices to which we elected them, Governor Ducey has cracked the whip and Superintendent Douglas dances at the end of puppet strings. Albeit, after stretching those strings just far enough to encourage We the Watchers that she was mounting meaningful resistance to their agenda.
The proof of the perpetual-touring “pudding” and two other crucial proofs spotlight common observations that Superintendent Douglas lacks “management skills.” Proofs 2 & 3: 2. Her initial capitulation to the governor’s usurpation of judicial authority in the fired-employee rodeo by agreeing to give-up constitutional power and authority she has no constitutional power to cede—HB2184—in 2015, and, 3: Her deal-making again in the waning hours of the 2016 legislative session just days before “Sine Die” (session closing), in which she effectively ceded—also unconstitutionally!—the same authority and power we prevented cession of in HB2184, in HB2620 as amended, with SB1416 incorporated within it, on Wednesday, May 4, 2016!
Only, she agreed to cede even more in the latter than she had in the former!
I, and others, continue to whistle in the wind as we continue to explain that a person holding a constitutional office cannot cede the constitutional power/authority of the office by agreeing to unconstitutional legislative actions!
Likewise, the legislators and governor cannot take that power/authority from the office by legislative action without a constitutional amendment! [See Hudson v. Kelly, Arizona, 1953.]
The history alone shows that Superintendent Douglas has failed in effectively executing the duties of the office she holds. Her AZ State Constitutional mandate is NOT continued implementation of federal programs that violate that State Constitution and the 9th and/or 10th Amendments to the Constitution for the United States of America!
Superintendent Douglas along with nearly every state legislator, had proposed legislation in her hands that would have resolved the employee controversy constitutionally in February, 2016, in the form of a citizen group’s Proposed Title 15 Legislation (full-disclosure: researched and written by the undersigned).
Superintendent Douglas chose not to embrace it because she didn’t want any legislation passed regarding the HB2184/SB1416 (HB2620) employee controversy in the 2016 session, good or bad! Her reason:
If it is bad, Governor Ducey will sign it. If it is good, he will not.
Either way, it would adversely affect the lawsuits in-litigation between the state board of education and Douglas.
I argued unsuccessfully that we needed to show who the governor is, by giving him the opportunity to do the right thing and sign a good bill, or veto a bad one!
So, we had to fight the Senate Republican leaders, the governor’s office and others who were again determined to usurp more of the superintendent’s power/authority, without any public support from Superintendent Douglas for viable, alternative—constitutional—legislation.
Although we did have some legislative support, our bill went nowhere, because Republican leadership and pressure from the governor’s office convinced legislators who had stalwartly resisted passing HB2184 in 2015, that stripping the superintendent’s power and authority legislatively was the only way to end the litigation between Superintendent Douglas (SPI) and the state board of education (SBE). Then-Senate President Andy Biggs wrongly assured his colleagues that they had the power to dictate the power and duties of the SPI & the SBE without regard for the constitutional nature of the entities!!! [See Hudson v. Kelly.]
After citizens urged defeat of SB1416, and certain valiant legislators successfully blocked the bill in the State House of Representatives, Superintendent Douglas “caved” in the end; agreeing to allow its language to be incorporated in HB2620, in trade for certain employees that were always AZ Dept. of Ed. employees anyway!
Representative Kelly Townsend made an impassioned argument in caucus for Fellow-Republican Representatives to reject Superintendent Douglas’ final capitulation prior to the house voting on the bill. . . . But, the AZ House passed the amended HB2620; 53 Voting “Yes” to 6 Voting “No” (Fernandez, Kern, Lawrence, Rivero, Townsend, Ugenti–Rita), with 1 Not Voting (Olson). Upon return to the AZ Senate it passed 30-0, meaning all GOP Senators Voted for It—Against the Will of the People who elected Superintendent Douglas and them!
Please note that there are thirty senators, and every one of them voted to unconstitutionally usurp the state superintendent’s constitutional power and authority! Republicans and Democrats alike: each and every one voted against us!
We are now seeing the fruit of the poisonous tree planted in January, 2015, when Governor Ducey usurped judicial authority, and Superintendent Douglas chose not to fight for the elective office to which We the People elected her in our names!
Governor Ducey has continued to usurp authority not vested in the office we also elected him to—in our names! He has proven without doubt that he has never intended to eradicate the evil that is the Common Core Agenda! His implementation of the Establishment Republican-dominated National Governor’s Association “Smoke and Mirrors” shell game of “Review and Replace” is intended to play games for however long We the People can be fooled by it.
And—he has succeeded in further entrenching Common Core; traumatizing, brainwashing and indoctrinating our children!
It’s not about “standards!” and parents know it!
Well, now we see the proof of that pudding: The re-branding of Common Core “standards,” in compliance with Governor Ducey’s mandate on March 23, 2015, by the SBE and the SPI through the so-called Standards Development Committee! Exactly the outcome some of us anticipated and warned-of immediately after Governor Ducey’s all-too-transparent speech to the Governor-Appointed State Board of Education! (Confirmed by the state senate.)
Meanwhile, FYI: Governor Ducey and Superintendent Douglas, both of whom “promised” to get rid of Common Core, have moved-along with extending the Common Core “Infants & Toddlers” program to PRE-KINDERGARTEN children under the guise of “Early Childhood Education,” through the AZ Dept. of Ed. In spite of the fact that when we detected two bills I dubbed, “Stealth Common Core” for pre-K children, we were able to defeat them in 2015 & 2016! They are just implementing it anyway through other means, sanctioned by federal programs!
The younger “they” can get to them, the easier it is to mold your children into the emotionally-damaged automatons they seek to create!
Governor Ducey also created an unconstitutional Office of Education in the governor’s office that is reportedly alive and well, feeding on its parasitic sustenance at the public trough!
The bottom line is:
Parents, do you hope to protect your children from the evil that men (& women!) do?
The truth is, America’s Children are being brainwashed and indoctrinated to serve a technocratic hierarchy that would enslave them in a collective hive! (To learn more, you can search, “Technocracy.”)
That, my Fellow-Arizonans, is evil!
It is time to recognize that Governor Ducey, Superintendent Douglas and the vast majority of our state legislators are entrenching Common Core, not eradicating it!
The 2017/2018 Election Cycle officially began on November 9, 2016:
Who will champion our children’s unalienable God-given right to protection against the EVILS of the Common Core Agenda?
Are there any brave souls in Arizona who will take-up the gauntlet and truly work to “Drain Arizona’s Common Core Swamp?”
As the Lord wills, I, for one, plan to don the armor again and joust for the right to start the sump pumps sucking-up the putrid waters, in the interest of all Arizona Children!
Who will join me?