Editor’s Note: The group mentioned in this letter, Valley Interfaith Project, is a non-partisan organization of 40 local congregations, schools and other organizations. See its commentary that ran next to this letter in the Arizona Capitol Times: “Medicaid plan will bring affordable health care to the uninsured”
Just how desperate are Gov. Jan Brewer and political wizard Chuck Coughlin to force Obamacare on an unwilling Arizona? Dwindling resources, loss of votes, and lackluster public support seem to be a reason for the fraught Republicans to enlist the support of a Saul Alinsky based organization. What exactly do Brewer and Coughlin want the Occupy Wall Street types to do?
Brewer graces the Industrial Areas Foundation website (under IAF in Action), attending an event at the Valley Interfaith Project. With the Republican governor are Senate Majority Leader John McComish and Rep. Heather Carter.
IAF, established in 1940 by Alinsky, “trains community organizers in the tactics of revolutionary social change.” It is a Chicago-based community-organizing network consisting of 59 affiliate groups, and Valley Interfaith Project is one of those groups. IAF is not a grassroots network; its local affiliates are created as the result of careful planning by its national leadership.
So was this meeting with the governor who signed SB1070 a result of careful planning by its national leadership? What are they planning — the implementation of Obamacare in Arizona, which is second only to Texas as a leader in states’ rights, or the defeat of the Republican majority in the 2014 elections?
Valley Interfaith Project proudly proclaims a Marxist mission defining itself as “a nonpartisan organization of dues-paying member congregations, schools, unions and nonprofits committed to building relational power through organizing people for sustainable social and economic improvement.”
At the meeting, McComish states, “If you don’t have these kinds of gatherings, organizations lose momentum.” This is Republican leadership in our state Senate? The majority leader, a Republican, is publicly spurning his party and the legislative district he is supposed to represent, which happens to poll as the highest legislative district in Arizona at 78 percent as being “less likely to re-elect a legislator who votes for a hospital tax to fund the expansion of Medicaid.”
McComish seems to forget that there is a constitutionally defined separation of the branches of government and he happens to be a leader in the legislative branch, not the water boy of the executive branch.
Brewer has plenty of highly paid lobbyists. Is it really necessary for McComish to be rallying protestors against his own legislators from a group holding the extreme opposite philosophy of the people who elected him?
The Valley Interfaith Project opposes SB1070; wants to raise taxes to equalize society; claims to “continue to stand against local nativist attacks on families.” They want to “reweave our public and social fabric” and in their “Strategy for Engagement” they “believe that institutions — congregations, schools, labor unions, among others — play a crucial role in the development of public people.”
So why is the ragtag band of Brewer, McComish, and Carter enlisting the aid of Marxist-based community organizers?
To date, a rumored $750,000 has been wasted on a full-fledged campaign complete with TV ads and highly paid lobbyists to twist the arms of legislators. A full 100 percent of the Democrat caucus stands with the governor who signed SB1070. But the support of the entire minority party and all the money and arm twisting has not only failed to bring “Obrewercare” to Arizona, it has resulted in the loss of Republican votes. The Brewer/Coughlin plan is failing.
While governors of states like Florida, with legislators rejecting Obamacare, are facing the fact there is a system of checks and balances and branches of government are indeed separate, Brewer refuses to accept the fact that the public, including Democrats, overwhelmingly reject Obamacare and any new taxes.
- Christine Bauserman