Sometimes, the Democrat Party is it’s own worst enemy, and the reasons are serious enough that many Democrats have decided it’s useless to vote, not only in the presidential election, which is severely compromised by the archaic and absurd electoral college, but to the local and state elections as well.
We have some Republican candidates who seem to be running on the promise of making sure Arizona holds on to it’s long standing heritage of Jim Crow. More than a few supporters of the current Republican candidates are quite proud of our Jim Crow history, and would love nothing more than to see it raise it’s ugly head again in Arizona. Many will look you in the eyes and tell you as much.
We are as close to our second Civil War as we’ve ever been. People often throw the racism word around, but the reality is that racism is alive and well, and seems to have found new life in our country. One difference is that in the old days, the party of slavery and treason was the Democrats. It was the party of Lincoln that tended to believe all “men” were created equal.
So now we have Sylvia Allen, running on a platform including education. Her own private charter school received a grade of F from the state of Arizona. Not a D, but an F. She appeals to many of Arizona’s Dixie Flag wavers with a platform that warns us about the “Browning of America.”
We also have the curious case of Walter Blackman, a likable fellow running on a promise of being 100% pro life. Not 98%, but 100%. This is a man who seems to be looking for love in all the wrong places, and I can’t help wondering if he was shocked one morning to wake up and find he was in the party that still flies the Confederate flag.
There are non-voting Democrats who believe the left and right are simply two parts of the same coin. And there are Republicans who are starting to see that living in a red state is obviously no guarantee that their basic needs will be met.
So here is a list of candidates to look up: Arlando Teller, Myron Tsosie, Felicia French, Coral Evans, Jamescita Peshlakai, Art Babbott, Mark Kelly and Tom O’Halleran. These are people that will help Arizona avoid our Jim Crow past and take us into the future as a blue state. What can it hurt? We already rank last in education. Maybe it’s time to shake things up in Arizona, to “empty the swamp” so to speak.