Arizona: Making People Confused Since 1912
Personal armies are usually the domain of Middle Eastern despots
and the Emperor from Return of the Jedi. That is, of course, until
America's Fun State gets into the act... naturally, we're talking (yet again)
Republicans in the Arizona State Senate have recently
introduced bill SB 1495 which would establish a "state guard" that can be
called upon by the Governor, in this case the beloved Jan Brewer, to
provide state security in the event of the federal government calling up the
Arizona National Guard or (and this is the fun part) "for any other
reason the governor considers to be necessary."
The bill goes on to specify that the Governor would have the
power to establish an "armed force for the safety and protection of the lives
and property of the citizens of the state."
Arizona, as we
all know, is no stranger to controversy. From the King Holiday controversy, to the inexplicable popularity
of Sheriff Joe Arpaio, to the recent fight over the rights of
undocumented workers, this state has undeniably had some issues. And yet it
seems that some elected officials, instead of trying to rehabilitate a damaged
national reputation, have decided to double down on the crazy and start drawing
up plans for their own army. That is, of course, if the state is broken up due to secession first.
Seriously Arizona, we all understand you are upset over
losing that Super Bowl a few years back, but isn't all of this just a bit of an
As for Governor Jan Brewer, this story seems to be another
in a seemingly endless series of episodes that have led some to label her
everything from a fearmonger to a borderline extortionist.
Of course certain bloggers whose job is to find the more offbeat and
unbelievable stories in government and politics are in no way complaining about
Gov. Brewer's propensity to hitch her wagon to some rather unorthodox political
For a state that has never shied away from being a national
political punch line over a wide range of controversial issues, SB 1495
signifies a new high (or low) in Arizona's
ability to make national observers scratch their heads and wonder if all that
dry heat is finally starting to get to the lawmakers in Phoenix.