Arizona Gov. Brewer: Ive got Nazis on my mind
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Arizona Gov. Brewer: Ive got Nazis on my mind

June 9, 2010, 10:51 pm
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Ive got Nazis on my mind by Arizona Gov. Brewer
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June 9, 2010 -- Just last week, the notorious Governor Brewer promoter of the draconian anti- American law SB 1070, which in essence throws the entire civil rights movement into the proverbial garbage was caught claiming that her father had “died fighting the Nazi regime in Germany.”   Her comment came out when she was discussing her state's destructive new anti-illegal immigrant law.  It’s difficult to believe she meant anything else when she said :  "Knowing that my father died fighting the Nazi regime in Germany, that I lost him when I was 11 because of that... and then to have them call me Hitler's daughter. It hurts. It's ugliness beyond anything I've ever experienced," Brewer told the paper.

Shortly thereafter, trying to clean up her mess, Paul Senseman, a spokesman for Brewer's office  “explained” that the governor's remarks had not been meant literally, and that Mr. Drinkwine had passed away as a result of the toxic fumes he had inhaled while working as a civilian at an ammunition factory in Hawthorne, NV.   Senseman said she was not "embellishing" the story and did not mean her father had died while a soldier in Germany.

"The fact is she didn't say, `My dad got a disease working in a munitions plant and he died from that 10 years after the war,'" said Jennifer Johnson, communications director for the Arizona Democratic Party. "She used words that made it sound like her father died on the battlefield fighting the Nazis."

Johnson said Brewer's comments were "disrespectful to veterans who died in combat."

It seems that Arizona cannot get past its, neo Nazi and white supremacist underbelly.  Recently it was uncovered that Arizona’s new anti-immigrant law was written and introduced to Arizona congress by  Neo Nazi supporter Arizona State Senator Russell Pearce. Pearce has been associated with local Neo-Nazi and white supremacist groups.  Just take a look at his background.

In 2006, he spoke emphatically about the 1950’s deportation act called “Operation Wetback.”  In doing so he sent emails to his supporters expounding the greatness of this program.  In this email he included   an attachment from a white supremacy group and made the conspiratorial claim that journalists pushed the view of: “a world in which every voice proclaims the equality of the races, the inerrant nature of the Jewish ‘Holocaust’ tale, the wickedness of attempting to halt the flood of non-White aliens pouring across our borders…”

In 2007, Pierce was photographed with J.T. Ready spokesman for the National Socialist Movement, better known as the Nazi Party. They refer to themselves, “the premier white civil right organization in the world.” The group claims to be true patriots claiming that they are only against non-white immigration.  J.T. Ready has said that closing the borders is crucial to preserving the white race. “Let's face it,” he said. “We're not being invaded by Swedish nuns here. We're on a border with a country that is a hostile country.”  Pierce is also known for speaking at Neo-Nazi rallies and conferences.

Just recently in Los Angeles, Neo-Nazi rallied against illegal aliens. They waved American flags and banners with swastikas, wore black military uniforms and helmets.  They shouted ‘Sieg Heil’ before each of their members began speaking.

In 2008, Pierce sponsored Senate Bill 1108, which would make it impossible for students at Universities to join groups based in whole or part because of their ethnicity, claiming it would indoctrinate people with anti-American mentality. As if the relationship could not be any clearer, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer yesterday signed a bill targeting a school district's ethnic studies program, Arizona law now prohibits classes that promote ethnic solidarity, that are created primarily for students of a particular race or that promote resentment toward a certain ethnic group.

Kris Kobach, who is currently running for Secretary of State of Kansas, authored the anti immigrant law, SB 1070.  Kobach is an attorney for Immigration Reform Law Institute, the legal arm of the chameleon organization named Federation for American Immigration Reform, or FAIR. As Rachel Maddow revealed in a recent program, the founder of FAIR is a well-known racist. The seed money he used to start FAIR came from an infamous Eugenics (the same thing the Nazi’s did) outfit.

FAIR is just one piece of a vast and powerful anti-immigrant organization, created over the last 30 years, and orchestrated by John Tanton.   His organization has been able to insinuate itself into many of the social and political debates of our time.

Tanton developed many different entities so that it appears that there are numerous advocates for what he sees and the ideal society.  Another of his group, the Center for Immigration Studies, acts as so-called "think tank" to the anti-immigrant movement. Some other entities he is invalid with are the Coalition for the Future American Worker, Progressives for Immigration Reform, NumbersUSA, Immigration Reform Law Institute, United to Secure America Coalition.  These are just a few of his many groups that work in unison trying earnestly to modify America's thinking on immigration.

The Southern Poverty Law Center and Anti-Defamation League have connected these groups with racists, white supremacists, and political extremists.

The Tanton message is blatantly clear - no more immigrants in the U.S. and those that are here should leave.

These are the background players in Arizona's new anti-immigrant laws.

"Today's republicans have forsaken the ideals and political precepts of men like Ronald Reagan and Barry Goldwater"

There was a time that Republicans were committed to protect America from anything that appeared to be connected to violations of personal liberty and would have emphatically fought against these type or organizations.  Apparently in 2010 the Republican Party has morphed into something else.   Today's republicans have forsaken the ideals and political precepts of men like Ronald Reagan and Barry Goldwater and seem  have chosen to forget the  American dream and it's integrity.

It's truly difficult to comprehend how Arizona,  a state whose population is one-third Hispanic would want to alienate a significant segment of their residents; mostly hard working family members.  Even as I write other states are following Arizona's lead.

Yes, it is irrefutable that the borders have to be secured to prevent criminals from entering the United States as well as to prevent future illegal immigration.  It is also understandable that Arizona has been pushed into this position by the federal government's failure to fix the broken immigration laws. However, the Arizona law, as written, will never accomplish its intended goal of security and instead, will only serve to violate the rights of all Americans.  Only with comprehensive immigration reform can this country resume the path intended by our founders and America will once again be "the land of the free and the home of the brave."

And who can blame Governor Brewer’s Nazi slip, it must have been on the tip of her tongue.

Author: Arthur Lewis
Arthur Lewis is a independent journalist who has written for periodicals in the U.S., Canada, England and Australia. His interests are varied and he is currently "following the waves" in Hawaii.
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