The Republicans attempt to protect the Constitution is a BIG FRAUD. They have been using this agenda for years. Of course they have padded the court system so the conservatives Judges agree with them.
Most intelligent people know that Republicans are controlled by lobbyist, NRA, ALEC, Koch brothers. Republicans don't have the knowledge to create the bills they submit and pass. Just think if they actually was in control of our government. It would be run by the lobbyists, not what the voters wanted. We just need to look at the Republican controlled states and that would be the direct reflection of our US government. Huge water way pollutions in VA and NC, controlled by big pollution companies. Paying off the Republican government of those states.
Volumes could be written about what Republicans have done to their states since 2010.
The curious issue is why voters continue to elect the extreme and radicals. Must be the education they failed to get.
Too bad nobody is talking about (or reporting on) SB 1303, which will give massive property tax subsidies to one corporation: Grand Canyon University. It is being sponsored by Steve Farley and Al Melvin: so how could it be bad, right?
One reason for the problem is that legislators are term-limited and lobbyists aren't. It's one of those unintended consequences of what seemed like a good idea at the time (term limits).
By the time our legislators get the hang of how the capitol works, they are termed out. Meanwhile, the unelected lobbyists, who have been there for 20 or 30 years, know how everything works and write the actual legislation.
It takes years and years to become expert enough in a particular area (say, CPS) to make good decisions and write legislation that stands a chance of fixing it. But since our elected officials are termed out before that, it's left to career bureaucrats (who don't have the power even if they do happen to be well-meaning) and lobbyists (who are typically working for special interests).
Alright, my turn. Mr. Cecil, I am a Christian (Catholic) and I'm gay. Get your facts right. Plain and simple. You vehemently defend the Christian right in your piece (however factually incorrect it may be), yet not once do you hold so-called Christians to task when it comes to the treatment of others. Your accusation of the Gay movement wanting to undermine the US Constitution is ridiculous. If anything, this "movement" is seeking nothing more than equal treatment under the law and Constitution. My God teaches caring, compassion and love for thy neighbor. He does not teach damnification of those who are different or unlike us. He also teaches us to love our enemies. It appears that you believe that for the Right, it is absolutely acceptable to pick and choose which parts of the Bible one can follow as with the Constitution.
I agree with Fraser, please cite factual instances of your accusations.
Thank you Tom Prezalski for a thoughtful and quite insightful piece.
Chris Cecil appears to live a fact-challenged life. As soon as he/she got the number of the bill wrong (despite the correct one being supplied in the original piece), his/her credibility was teetering. The unsupported allegations that followed were depressingly inevitable.
Thanks to Fraser and Kenneth for doing my job for me in a more restrained and literate manner than I could have managed.
Chris, could I get a list of all the dozens or hundreds of Christians or 'straights' that have been murdered by gays for being so? We know for a fact that gays have murdered by the dozens or hundreds (1,000's?) for being gay. We know the Westboro Church exists. We know that gays are discriminated against in a myriad of ways.....jobs, housing, marriage not to mention taunting and physical abuse. When you can show me the equivilent for Christians or straights, then I'll listen to you. So far, I've never seen any evidence of this ever happening since the Roman Arena's.
To Chris Cecil:
You state the "violent assaults against Christians and Churches in San Francisco". This is your chance to cite these NOW. Name the incidents and assaults.
I am considered a right winger here but you have to tell the truth. Cite the cases or shut the hell up.
SB 1064 was an attempt to protect the First Amendment, which is being perverted by those who want to make Christianity illegal. The gay movement is supported by far-left groups and atheists in order to shred the Constitution and ultimately to make of the United States a third world dictatorship. The primary impetus of the gay movement is to marginalize, persecute and eventually criminalize Christians. Gay activists, with the help of far-left radicals in the media and the universities, are creating special laws that give them the right to persecute those who disagree with them, whether it be television shows and movies that brand Christians as haters, or purposely taunting Christian businesses to support homosexual practices or be sued. The media never publicizes the violent assaults by gays in San Francisco against Christians and churches, but tries to convince us that Christians are persecuting gay people and hate them, which is all propaganda and lies, with the exception of the so-called Westboro Baptist Church, which is not really Christian in character, but is always used by gays to characterize all Christians. The fact remains that SB 1064 was not discriminatory, but a protection of First Amendment rights to live a Christian life.
Steve, with all due respect, fair has nothing to do with it (and I think you would be hard pressed to find anyone who shares your apparent assessment that I was somehow being charitable to Herrod). The right of lobbyists and the folks they represent to petition the legislature is protected by the 1st amendment whether we like their agenda or not. The problem arises when the leadership gives some of them the keys to the building.
I disagree that "changing a few members" will not address the problem. Blaming the "system" is a great way for both legislators and, to a lesser extent, the electorate, to shirk responsibility for what happens at the capitol. The game is played the way it is only because the folks there insist on playing it that way. A different set of players with a different attitude and new perspectives would certainly do things differently. Under previous leadership, the legislature was getting a lot more of substance accomplished.
Don't worry Tom,
In Nov., the lemmings will go to the polls and do what they've always done and then they'll get what they've always got,
A state famous for it's racist and ignorant population.
"In fairness, lobbying is an important part of the process."
Hey Tom, LIFE isn't fair. Why do you think you need to be fair to Herrod OR to the concept of lobbyists who petition the Arizona Legislature?
What makes you think that changing a few members is going to change how the SYSTEM works?
I discovered something the other day. The light rail project in the absolutely most backward town I ever lived in is one of the "best" systems in the country. It takes people where they want to go and it makes money.
What the hell, Tucson?
One guy's terrible parking job doesn't mean the streetcar is a failure...the fact it will deplete Tucson's general fund means the streetcar is a failure.
It's nice to hear the media (Tucson Weekly) point out the obvious. Televised news folks are more interested in exaggeration than common sense and facts. Their mantra, "Never let facts get in the way of a news story."
Why can't they coexist? Hundreds of cars park downtown in those very same spots without going 12 inches over the line (or a "few" although my definition of "few" is very different from Bog Mann's)
How about if one can't park his manhood-compensating gas-guzzling behemoth within the lines, he should find another place to park?
As a proud downtown denzien, I am happy to report that parking enforcement is now handing out tickets to those of you who missed "parallel parking 101" in driver's ed. Bring your checkbooks. Will the offenders be towed in the future? Let's hope so.
If parking in the neighborhood of twelve inches outside the lines is enough to stop a trolley, the obvious takeaway to me is that parking and the trolley cannot coexist at that point. One of them must go, and I doubt anyone is going to choose our shiny new toy to be the one relocated.
Let's call him Drunk Frat Kid. Better some public transit than none at all. Why the car wasn't towed is a bigger mystery.
Just knew the Mecca of the Progressives...Portland would come up. Tired of hearing about that place, May if more of the locals would move there we could have a decent city. When you go take a couple of illegals with you.
Just think what would happen if 20 people parked like the guy from Texas. Maybe like a demonstration against waste in government spending. Or just wait until some drunk Frat kid from the U of A getting drunk at Hotel Congress parks weird and see what happens, what ar going to call him?
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