A Message from Robert Graham

Robert Graham for Arizona

January 24, 2011

Dear Friends, Supporters and Fellow Conservatives,

First and foremost my wife Julia and I wanted to thank everyone for their overwhelming support and faith in my ability to lead the Republican Party in the State of Arizona. We would also like to congratulate Tom Morrissey for his victory as AZGOP Chairman. This experience has humbled our family and has increased our growing love for those valiant souls working so hard to protect our God-given freedoms in this blessed nation.

We have witnessed and participated in an historic movement to return to the principles and values which made this great nation. TEA Parties and other conservative activist groups lead the charge in defending our freedoms. Their efforts are tireless and never ending. Transparency, participation and accountability are hallmark outcomes as we fought and continue to fight to secure the blessings of liberty.

We must not forget the purpose, goal and privilege our forefathers bestowed upon us when drafting the Constitution of the United States of America.

“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.” – Preamble, Constitution of the United States of America

Voters define election outcomes, including disappointments, victories, success and failures. Regardless of whether your candidate won or lost, do not lose your enthusiasm, your commitment or your courage to keep up the fight against those so willing to erode the fabric of this great nation.

As I said in my speech… “We stand for something and what we stand for is the complete opposite of our liberal opponents. I didn’t say Democrats. I said liberals because liberalism is the disease we are fighting and you can be sure that liberals don’t just exist in the Democrat Party.”

Even in the Preamble of the Constitution, the goal is stated “…form a more perfect Union.” With unity around the correct values and principles we will find strength to defend. We will find momentum to succeed and we will find courage in numbers.

To build this great party we must:

  1. Invite everyone who believes in Freedom.
  2. Invite everyone who believes in the Constitution.
  3. Invite everyone who believes Personal Responsibility.
  4. Invite everyone who believes Life is sacred and the Family is supreme.
  5. Invite everyone who believes our Rights are God-given.

With this momentum we must renew our determination to restore the Republican values to the White House. Do your best to support your newly elected Republican state leaders. The best leaders will learn from you and grow from your examples. Don’t dilute your effort with the pride of this outcome. It is time to renew our commitment and go to work.

We love and respect all of you. We have promised my commitment and we will work to build the party, increase transparency and raise the bar of accountability. The Grahams are not going anywhere!! Let us work together to build our party. Furthermore, let us make every effort to find victory for our values in the upcoming elections.

God bless you and God bless America.

Our love and prayers to everyone,

Robert & Julia Graham

McCain Obama’s 2012 Campaign Manager?

Tipping my hat with a thanks to Seeing Red for bringing this excellent analysis to our attention.  Following the events of last Saturday, I felt it was especially necessary to re-post this article “Obama 2012 Campaign Manager: John McCain” as published in “The American Thinker”.   Author Jeannie DeAngelis kicks a field goal from 65 yards out straight and true.

http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/01/obama_2012_campaign_manager_jo.html

It’s clear as 2012 approaches that a similar blueprint of calling attention to a failed presidency could help unseat Barack Obama from the Oval Office.  Yet rather than continue to turn up the heat to accomplish that goal, one particular politician appears to be confused about what side of the aisle he should sit on.  That politician is…yes, you guessed it: that poster child of bipartisanship, the always civil and moderate John Sidney McCain.

Thanks Johnny!

House Bill 2534 and Senate Bill 1136: PAChyderm Coalition opposes unlimited casino gambling

by Don Goldwater

The PAChyderm Coalition has been a consistent opponent of unlimited casino gambling in our state and a consistent advocate for private property rights.  We want to make it abundantly clear that we have not and will not waver from those fundamental positions, regardless of outside influences within or without the Party.  In this case, a red herring has been inserted into the argument trying to bridge a gulf too wide by connecting these two issues as if one conflicts with the other.

House Bill 2534 and Senate Bill 1136 are clearly structured to support the above positions.  The argument that passage of these bills will somehow reduce private property rights is simply false.  These Bills consist of five simple sentences written in unambiguous, layman language.  Let’s go to the core of the issue by looking at the specific language:

A.  Notwithstanding any other provision of this article:

1.  A city or town located in a county with a population of more than three hundred fifty thousand persons may annex any territory within an area that is surrounded by the city or town or that is bordered by the city or town on at least three sides if the landowner has submitted a request to the federal government to take ownership of the territory or hold the territory in trust.

2.  The annexation of territory pursuant to this section is valid if approved by a majority vote of the governing body of the city or town.  The annexation becomes immediately operative if it is approved by at least two-thirds of the governing body of the city or town.

B.  For the purposes of this section, “submitted a request to the federal government” means the landowner has made an application to the federal government as required by a specific federal statute or regulation.

Unfortunately, the position taken by Rep. Farnsworth goes against states rights and Arizona’s right to self determination and supports federal supremacy (Department of Interior) that have chosen to subvert the will of Arizonans who approved Prop. 202 in 2002 and to subvert the Gila River Land Replacement Act signed President Ronald Reagan.

The property rights this bill addresses are special rights that are not available to any other property owner in our state.  None of us can convert private land into a sovereign nation and then build a casino in violation of the IGRA and the Gila River Replacement Act.  The foundation of these acts go specifically to preventing the placement of Las Vegas style Casino gambling within a city.  Of utmost importance is the fact that twenty three tribes signed the Indian Gaming Compact and only one tribe has used surreptitious means to violate the rules they gave their oath to support.

If the Tohono O’Odham Tribe is successful in their action to violate the Compact, you can be sure that Las Vegas style gaming casinos will appear down the street from a school near you, thanks to future actions by one of the other 22 tribes that up-to-now have honored the Compact, but will feel justified in following the above unlawful actions.

The PAChyderm Coalition strongly urges you to contact your state senator and state representatives and respectfully advocate for their support for this important legislation.  If you do not know the direct line for your legislator, you can call the Capitol Switchboard, 602-926-5999, and ask for them by name.  The e-mail address uses the following format:  the initial of their first name followed by their last name followed by @azleg.gov.