Palinista Arizona

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A foreboding, curious sort of quiet has characterized the Palin camp in the months leading up to the 2012 electoral contest. It is curious, because Mrs. Palin is normally as tenacious and ravenous in her pursuit of headlines as the wolf, her choice target from helicopters, is in its pursuit of prey. This sense of foreboding emanates from a dissidence created by the break with normalcy. The questions, “What is Sarah up to?” and “Will she run for president, this time?” must be answered by the same assumption as to why the TEA party has seemed less vocal of late: different strategies. The questions which should be asked are, “What motivated Sarah Palin to enter national politics, in the first place?” and “Why would she move to Arizona?”

Paul Gosar is the only Arizona candidate Mrs. Palin endorsed during the midterm election campaign. She referred to Dr. Gosar as “a bold man” who “shares our belief that the federal government’s reckless spending is putting us on a dangerous path towards insolvency.” Dr. Gosar describes himself as a fiscal conservative. The Arizona Tea Party featured Paul Gosar on its website.A Roman Catholic of Slovenian descent, Dr. Gosar describes himself as pro-life. He strongly supports the 2nd Amendment to the US Constitution and opposes any restrictions on firearm ownership. Dr. Gosar opposes the Affordable Health Care for America Act, and he supports Arizona Senate Bill 1070. Dr. Gosar advocates deploying soldiers to the border with construction of a double barrier fence. Paul Gosar defeated Democratic incumbent Ann Kirkpatrick on November 2, 2010. He has been endorsed by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Mrs. Kirkpatrick challenged Dr. Gosar to five debates across the district. Dr. Gosar agreed to one debate but later withdrew. Dr. Gosar’s office released a statement explaining the decision to withdraw from the debate was based on the long drive from Flagstaff to Phoenix. A producer at the PBS station organizing the debate said Dr. Gosar’s staff told the station the candidate could not participate in the debate because he would be attending a fundraiser instead. Before entering into politics, Paul Gosar was a dentist in Arizona, with a successful private practice for twenty five years. He served on the American Dental Association’s government affairs council, where he met a dentist from Wasilla, Alaska; Rob Robinson. Dr. Robinson knew Sarah Palin from participating in Wasilla politics, and through a Thomas VanFlein, one of his patients. Mr. Van Flein was Mrs. Palin’s attorney and also represented the Alaska Dental Society.

Paul Gosar involved the American Dental Association in a fight to stop dental therapists from practicing basic dentistry in rural Alaska. The fight centered aroundeight federally licensed dental therapists, who had been trained for two years and practiced in remote villages populated by Alaska Natives. The Alaska Dental Society claimed that the therapists needed to be licensed by the state, which is to say, dentists. Proponents of the program argued that the therapists were the sole source of basic dental care for residents of remote places, often too poor to travel to a city with a licensed dentist. Aside from this, the therapists were providing service on federal land, not subject to state regulation. In 2007, a judge ordered that the program should continue. Thomas Van Flein represented the Alaska Dental Society in the failed lawsuit. The ADS president, David Eichler, suggested during the court battle in an online message board that Native tribes had poor dental health due to ignorance and deserved to die out. These statements, so openly racist and disparaging, were later condemned by the ADS and the ADA. Dr. Eichler was compelled to apologize. One has to ask, “Was David Eichler alone in this opinion?”

The Alaska law firm, Clapp, Peterson, Van Flein, Tiemessen & Thorsness, represented Sarah Palin in the Troopergate scandal; stemming from Mrs. Palin’s firing of the state’s public safety commissioner, when she was governor. David Eichler also had a role in Troopergate. He was one of five Alaska residents, represented by former TEA party Senate candidate Joe Miller, who sued the Troopergate investigator in Sept. 2008, claiming the probe was a waste of taxpayer money. Dr. Eichler and the other plaintiffs dropped the case within a month, when it became apparent they would not win.

Dr. Rob Robinson retired from his Wasilla-based dental practice in 2009 to become Paul Gosar’s chief political adviser.  Dr. Gosar hired Palin family attorney Thomas Van Flein to be his legislative director and deputy chief of staff. Mr. Van Flein had graduated from the University Of Arizona College Of Law in 1989. Such are the connections between Sarah Palin’s Alaska and Arizona.

Now, the question, “What motivated Sarah Palin to enter national politics, in the first place?” Sarah Palin is a beautiful woman. When she was still Sarah Heath, her neighbor, Linda Menard, wife of Dentist Curtis C. Menard, convinced her to compete in the Miss Wasilla competition and later, to twice attempt the Miss Alaska crown. Her achieving local fame in beauty contests allowed her successful campaign for the Wasilla School Board, then Mayor of Wasilla, and finally Governor of Alaska. Just like another beauty queen from years before, in Florida, Anita Bryant, fame was an addiction which could only be fed by political activism. Anita Bryant’s candle was extinguished, when her fundamentalist Christian inspired homophobia involved her in the 1977 Save Our Children campaign to overturn a Florida ordinance prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. The venomous crusade reached its zenith when televangelist Jerry Falwell, speaking for Mrs. Bryant, told one crowd, “Gay folks would just as soon kill you as look at you.” Sarah Palin shares Anita Bryant’s religious zeal. Sarah Palin was baptized in and attended Wasilla Assembly of God for over two decades. Included in the Third Wave, or New Apostolic Reformation Movement, Wasilla Assembly of God promotes a theocratic world view, in which a unique brand of fundamentalism dominates all aspects of society, in anticipation of the return of the Lord Jesus. Their strategy for achieving world domination includes the infiltration and decimation of traditional Christian churches. In his book, Civil War in the Church, Rick Joyner, a leading figure in the Third Wave Movement, asserts this war will be between the institutionalized church and parishioners who experience the new Knowledge and supernatural outpourings of ‘signs and wonders.’ Joyner is considered by many theologians and cult watchers to be one the most dangerous teachers extant. Founder of MorningStar ministries, he commands an enormous audience worldwide. His unsound and error-filled, unorthodox teachings are infused with Kingdom Now Theology and extra biblical content, information which is not directly quoted in scripture. In a video presentation filmed at Wasilla Assembly of God, Sarah Palin speaks repeatedly of a Pastor Muthee, a preacher from Kenya, who gave Mrs. Palin a blessing in the Wasilla church, while on a global tour. Pastor Muthee claims successful spiritual warfare in Kenya, against a woman he proclaimed a witch. The frightening aspect is Sarah Palin grants him significant credibility. Another of Sarah Palin’s Wasilla Church of God’s connections is Joel’s Army. As in other ‘Third Wave’ movements, Joel’s Army calls for domination of the world by God’s Army, them. Their beliefs are contrived from the Old Testament Book of Joel, specifically, where an avenging swarm of locusts attacks Israel. Joel’s Army prophesies itself to be an Armageddon-ready paramilitary force of young people with a divine mandate to force Christian ‘dominion’ on non-believers. John Wimber, late founder of California megachurch, The Vineyard, said in one of his most famous sermons, “Those in this army will have His kind of power. … Anyone who wants to harm them must die.” This is still frequently cited by Joel’s Army followers. Critics warn that actual bloodletting may only be a matter of time, for a movement that casts itself as God’s avengers. Pastors in the movement dress in camouflage and are addressed by their congregants as ‘commandant’ or ‘commander’. Beyond Mrs. Palin’s questionable religious views is her association with the Alaska Independence Party. As a member of that group, she is heir to the legacy of its founder, Joe Vogler, who stated, “I’m an Alaskan, not an American!” and “The fires of hell are frozen glaciers compared to my hatred for the American government. And I won’t be buried under their damn flag. I’ll be buried in Dawson. And when Alaska is an independent nation they can bring my bones home.” Her folksy, down home delivery and her Dominionist ilk, in conjunction with such extremist political views make her ever more dangerous. Sarah Palin is a very well packaged, beautiful tool of some extremely treacherous and malevolent forces, inspired with a religious zeal.

The motivation for Mrs. Palin to relocate to Arizona can be seen in her decreasing popularity and degrading power bloc in her own state, and a knee jerk, arch conservative population in the Southwest Desert. Both Rob Robinson and Thomas Van Flein had no prior congressional experience, and both have very close ties to Sarah Palin. Their appointment to key positions in Congressman Gosar’s office has caused enormous problems, as reported by several media agencies. Dr. Gosar’s former communications director, Stefani Zimmerman, describes Mr. Van Flein as disengaged, and preoccupied with the former Alaska governor’s portfolio. Ms. Zimmerman accuses Mr. Van Flein, who remains one of Palin’s most trusted advisers, of spending office time on Mrs. Palin and other clients. She also said he “relays information the staff discusses with each other directly to Sarah Palin” and “writes Op-Eds and speeches without permission, all from Sarah Palin’s point of view.” Ms. Zimmerman stated, Mr. Van Flein “asks questions that would benefit Sarah, not Paul,” and “advises Paul from a TEA party perspective, not Arizona 1st’s perspective.” Ms. Zimmerman also charged that Mr. Van Flein, like Mrs. Palin, “goes rogue, takes meetings, advises Paul, etc., without telling anyone, including Rob.” As aforementioned, two of Sarah Palin’s closest advisors being appointed to Congressman Paul Gosar’s office has caused innumerable problems, and has been heavily reported in the press. Yet, they remain.  Sarah Palin has moved to Arizona and has brought two of her closest advisors with her. She has infected TEA party Congressman Paul Gosar’s office with their presence. Has the anti-Native racism of David Eichler accompanied them?

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About Stefan Jacke

MagicRobert presented me with a vellum document, composed in an insane script. We were in a well secured vault in the Michener Library. His face exploded into a broad smile, as he saw me recognize the words, "That government governs best which governs least." It was a copy of "On Civil Disobedience" in the author's own hand. The experience called to mind a conversation Henry David Thoreau had with Ralph Waldo Emerson, as Thoreau sat in a jail cell, incarcerated for protesting the Mexican War. Emerson asked, "David, what are you doing in there?" Thoreau responded, "The point is, Ralph, what are you doing out there?" Once, long ago, I jumped off of big red trucks, lifted weights, and cleaned toilets for a living. Then I wrestled drunks, ran around in circles, and got splattered with blood and all manner of body fluids for a living. Now I enjoy the stillness of early morning in my rocking chair on the porch, with a hot cup of coffee, trying in vain to forget the past. Thank you, Robert!
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One Response to Palinista Arizona

  1. Kwaayesnama says:

    Steven thank you for your insightful article about the Palin disease that has infiltrated Arizona. When I supported Paul Gosar I thought he was a man who would support the middle class. Little did I know that his only concerns in Washington DC would be Sarah Palin and polluting industries? I have to say that Paul Gosar is the first politician that truly terrifies me. This is an article that states what he feels are his accomplishments in Washington. I just wonder when Arizona becomes a toxic cesspool where Paul Gosar is planning to move his family?
    http://azdailysun.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/how-gosar-would-improve-the-economy/article_9847dfe2-8391-5cf4-9df4-a2c716492eca.html

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