Friday, June 4, 2010

Jan Brewer and The Big Lie

by Pa Rock
Citizen Journalist

"The Big Lie" is a propaganda technique that was put forth by Adolf Hitler in chapter ten of his famous diatribe, Mein Kampf. In that book, Hitler described the "big lie" as a lie so "colossal" that no one would believe that someone "could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously."

Jan Brewer, our governor out here in sand land, is a simple soul who can't quite seem to fathom why people disagree with her fascist views on immigration and basic human rights, but I do suspect that she possesses the rudimentary ability to discern truth from a lie. She also lives in Phoenix and drives (or is driven) through its streets every day. Phoenix is a surprisingly safe city, especially considering its size, but simple Jan still has the impudence to say things like: "The kidnap capital of the world is Phoenix because of the drop-houses, the drug cartels...We can't tolerate it!"

Jan is parroting the racist crap that passes as intelligent dialogue in Arizona. She says it, the other racist boneheads say it - over and over. Problem is, it isn't true. It is a classic case of "the big lie."

I have been hearing this twaddle about Phoenix being the kidnap capital of the world ever since arriving here three years ago. I read the local papers and often listen to the local television news - and I listen to the local National Public Radio Station daily. Care to guess how many actual kidnapping reports I have seen or heard during my time here? None. Absolutely zero!

Today I made a point of asking several co-workers (some of a conservative bent) if any of them had actually heard of a specific kidnapping in the Phoenix area. None had. Absolutely zero!

I often drive the streets of this city at night, cruising along in the evenings with my top down - an easy target for the gangs and drug cartels. I especially enjoy driving downtown to the several live theatre venues. The productions get over around eleven p.m., and then I drive home - across the downtown, over the side streets, in areas that would be classified by reasonable people as poor.

During my nights out cruising the streets in my little convertible, I have never come upon a shooting, never come across gang activity or even gang graffiti, never felt threatened, and never been kidnapped!

The Federal Bureau of Investigation recently issued a report on violent crime that revealed an astounding fact. According to the FBI, the top four big cities in America with the lowest rates of violent crime are all in border states. Those low-crime cities are: San Diego, El Paso, Austin, and...Phoenix!

Jan, not only are your crime facts regarding Phoenix pure horse shit, the exact opposite is actually true. Phoenix is a safe city - whether that fits your political agenda or not. You are race-baiting and fear-mongering for political profit - spewing hate for votes. By practicing the big lie, you demean yourself and your state.

Jan, it's time that you began acting like a responsible leader and gave up trying to sound like some barstool blowhard. Maybe you don't have the skills or charisma to be a dynamic governor, but surely you could muster the stuff to be a truthful one! Arizona deserves better than to be unfairly maligned by its own chief executive!

1 comment:

Xobekim said...

I used to walk those canals in the early morning and early evening hours and never felt threatened.

Mexico City has over 8,000 kidnappings a year not counting the so-called "express kidnappings."

In an express kidnapping, the victim is released within a few hours by the kidnappers. Often the victim's credit card is retained by the criminals.