To The Citizens of Arizona:
It has been my pleasure to have lived in Arizona four separate times since 1996. Employment and pleasure have brought me relocation opportunities, and I have enjoyed my time in Arizona. However, since my return in 2005 to the present, I have feared for the soul of Arizona. I have watched as despicable and detestable politicians have won political races that never should have been won. I have witnessed governors act in cowardly and craven methods to thwart the people’s will. I have witnessed those elected to Federal Offices from Arizona stop being held accountable to the electorate until the politicians have set up a hegemony and no longer fear the ballot box. Most egregious of all, I have witnessed the veteran community become increasingly abused as every day ticks past.
In April 2021, I wrote about my interactions with Rep. Greg Stanton (D) and his staff, where the VA is concerned. For almost an entire year, I have been injured, cited, and arrested, denied care, had untold HIPAA violations, and other disgraceful conduct taken against me by the administration and leadership of the Carl T. Hayden VAMC. In December 2020, I reached out again to the federally elected representatives, asking for help to clear my name and remove the atrocious behavior of the VA, all to no avail.
All four Senators rejected my pleas and never bothered to respond. All of the members of the House of Representatives from Arizona refused to reply, save the staff of Rep. Greg Stanton (D). Except, Rep. Greg Stanton (D) and his staff, did nothing! Had no priority, refused to communicate, could not maintain pressure, and bought the lies and excuses of the Carl T. Hayden VAMC administrators. These are the same administrators who create a crisis for veterans through inaction, duplicitous action, poor behavior, and refusal to perform the jobs they were hired to perform. I have made it clear that the Administrators of the Carl T. Hayden VAMC and VISN 22 are but one dead veteran from another scandal to dwarf the death list scandal that originated with the VA administrators in 2012 and repeated in 2016.
No VA Administrator has addressed the root causes of those scandals, and without proper persuasion from Washington, D.C., they never will! Worse, without continuous scrutinization, the bureaucrats will continue to exemplify the duplicity and failures, hiding behind designed incompetence and tissue paper-thin excuses for poor behavior. Yet, what do we find from those enjoying elected office? Zero interest, half-truths, straight lies, misinformation, smoke and mirrors, and plain laziness! We, the electorate, find the politicians sitting on their hands, engaging in hopeless and stupid legislation that will go nowhere, and we find lackadaisical meandering in the House and Senate leadership. I have witnessed amoebic life with more robust spines than the current political leadership in Arizona!
It is true, Arizona is not the only state suffering from political abuse of the basest sort and blackest hue, but Arizona is where I have personally seen the destruction hit the hardest. During Senator McCain’s tenure, my requests for help were rebuffed, but I could still obtain assistance from the House of Representatives members. Now, the political party doesn’t matter, the politicians have plastic ears, and plastic lips, and their hearts are full of desire for political gain and not the electorate’s support. Who loses, the electorate! Who wins, nobody!
America, I ask you, in the year and change between today and the next election cycle, what will you do to change America’s government? Arizona, you have been duped, lied to, and dishonored by those elected to power. What will you do to reclaim the honor, integrity, and political government you deserve and pay so much for?
Personally, I have been betrayed, and I am sick to death of pleading for reprieve only to have lackluster performance, at best, provided so I would just go away. I know of no honorable politician representing Arizona, and their respective staff is worse than the politician! From the Mayor of Phoenix to the Governor, including the school boards, judges, and so many others, the fear of the ballot box is shrinking, and the bureaucrat is winning. In contrast, the scrutinization of bureaucrats and other duties are dodged to win another term, always with a complicit media running interference.
I did not elect the media to their position, and since the media is not elected, they can be removed. However, while the politicians are elected, the fear of the ballot box needs to be retaught to the politicians. How does a citizen get a politician to fear the ballot box; you first buck the trends and stand like a rock in a stream. Then, as additional rocks begin to stand, a dam is built, forcing change to that stream.
If we are to change the government and retain our freedoms and liberties under the Rule of Law, we, the electorate, must first get the politicians to fear the ballot box! We, the electorate, need to also teach accountability and responsibility to those who claim power but who only obtain power from those choosing to be governed! We, the electorate, hold power over these politicians and the bureaucrats spawned in the legislative branch of government. So claim the power that is yours, and join your friends, neighbors, and communities in demanding better from those elected.
I heard the mayor’s office in Phoenix complain that they have no power over the Federal Government. To think this is treason of the vilest kind. Let me reiterate something discussed in several previous articles. The local government stands as a bulwark against the county government overstepping its legal boundaries. The city and county stand against the state encroaching against the freedoms and liberties of the state government. The state government defends its citizens from the Federal Government’s encroachment, and the individual citizen is the most potent force in our Republican form of government.
Cease the sophistry of plastic language and do your job! End the tyranny of plastic words and work to aid the citizen in protecting their rights and freedoms from the ever-encroaching thieves of government and the bureaucrats spawned in the darkest pits of legislative fiat! So stand, every American citizen needs to stand and refuse to be governed until those elected are replaced with people willing to take action and honor the Rule of Law, holding previous politicians accountable and responsible for the mess America is currently suffering under. Enough is enough, and I have reached the end of my tolerance, and my cherubic demeanor has been replaced with a hunger for justice!
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