If clueless Arizona Republican legislators step back for a moment and look at the bigger picture, they’ll be absolutely terrified at what’s happening to the Grand Canyon State.
Inexorable demographic, economic & technological forces are dramatically changing the complexion of the electorate. This is not the Arizona anymore of Carl Hayden (a old-style Democrat), Barry Goldwater, or Eugene Pulliam (the conservative publisher of the mighty Arizona Republic Newspaper).
This Arizona is now doing the slow-motion, ending scene out of Thelma & Louise (and trashing a perfectly good 1966 Thunderbird convertible in the process). The Demsheviks are at the city gates, and if you don’t want to go the way of New Mexico & California you’ll do the following;
Abolish all local “at-large” election schemes, as more than 20 states have done. Everyone runs in a district; no more bloc voting. The Demsheviks invented bloc voting; it was the greatest creation of Andy Jackson’s hatchet-man, and ne’er-do-well POTUS #1, Martin Van Buren. Just ask Tucson; the Dirty T’s dung heap has been doing it since 1929. P.S. The Dems hate fixed districts; it puts more players in the swimming pool and they’re harder to control that way.
Allow voters & taxpayers to incorporate new towns & cities, without adjacent muni-approvals. This would directly aid Tucson’s business interests, who are in a war for that city’s future with the most viral hard-leftists outside of Santa Fe & Berkeley in the America West. If you don’t think these memes (“virus of the mind”) cannot infect Arizona, you’ve not been paying attention. Tucson is ground zero; it outgrew its petri-dish decades ago. Phoenix is next on the menu.
Pass a strong criminal defamation law, like more than 25 states have done. If you want to see the Demsheviks’ playbook aircover operation, just read anything in the Arizona Republic by Montini or Roberts, or in Tucson’s RedStar newspaper by [Mr. Fitz], or their red-diaper, enfant terrible, Timothy B. Steller. Steller just did a very slanderous & defaming piece on Representative Mark Finchem accusing him of being an armed insurrectionist (Steller has a very hysterical academic audience). These monopoly-media dirtbags have been getting away with this stuff since NY Times vs. Sullivan passed Earl Warren’s 1960 SCOTUS.
So there you have it, 3 simple things you can do right now, they don’t cost a dime, but they’ll be good urban prophylactics to what the Demsheviks have done to ALL THEIR RULED CITIES, the last 25-30 years. Never fails. Hey, it’s in the playbook.
If you really care about the future of Arizona, it’s time to go on the offense. Contact your legislator. A good site to start is at https://www.azleg.gov/findmylegislator/.
Sellers is a South Park Republican who lives in incorporated Oro Valley. His background is federal tech-transfer commercialization. He is still on Facebook for the time being.