Looks like we won’t have Don Goldwater to kick around for the rest of the election season. The half-wit nephew of the late ’n’ legendary Barry Goldwater sent out an e-mail message tonight announcing that he hasn’t managed to collect enough sigs to get his two latest hare-brained schemes on the ballot.
One of them involved a loco “employer sanctions” proposal that would have put any business owner who had an undocumented worker on the payroll right out of business. That one has completely backfired on Goldwater because the business community has the signatures to put their own reform plan on the ballot that gives them a lot more defenses before getting penalized. That one probably will become law in November. Nice work in undermining your own law, Don!
The other one would have had more of our local cops rounding up illegal immigrants–like they don’t have enough to do now.
It’s no surprise that Goldwater and his pal Russell Pearce couldn’t manage to do this without the help of big-money pals like FAIR, who paid for petition drive that put the Protect Arizona Now—Prop 200—on the 2004 ballot.
Here’s Goldwater’s e-mail to supporters:
We have the final count on the two initiatives. Unfortunately neither initiative received the number of signatures required to be put on the ballot. I can’t thank our volunteers enough who put forth a heroic effort to collect signatures. The stories behind our great volunteers who collected signatures despite multiple death threats, physical attacks, harassment, adverse weather conditions and lack of outside financial support are numerous and well documented. Never once did they waver and never once did they quit. It has been an honor to work side by side with the hundreds of volunteers who chose to put their state and their neighbors first and their personal lives second.
In the end some would look at this as a defeat. I refuse to over look our great victories and accomplishments and neither should anyone else.
In the beginning our initiative, Legal Arizona Workers Act (L.A.W.) was the main factor that helped pass the Fair Employment Act. Had our initiative not been in place and going strong the governor would not have signed the bill into law.
Later our initiative was used as protection and leverage against dangerous bills designed to undermine and destroy the Fair Employment Act. Had our initiative not been in place and going strong I believe these bills would have passed and the Fair Employment Act would have been gutted and destroyed. Your hard work kept those bills in committee, never to see the light of day.
Our initiative helped give business the incentive to work with Representative Pearce and Speaker Weiers to fine tune the Fair Employment Act. The changes to Russell’s law make it easier to defend the law in the court system, allows business the ability to work with their county attorney to investigate and prosecute suspected illegal aliens who were employed before January 1, 2007 and fine tunes the law’s language preventing misunderstanding and abuse of the law. It is a great law to start with and Arizona has you to thank for it.
Due to your efforts, new laws in over 30 states regarding illegal immigration are either on the books or in the process of becoming law. All of these laws (and future laws) use the language found in both our initiatives and the Fair Employment Act as their template. Every state now understands the destructive consequences on both sides of the illegal immigration issue and are working to craft good laws to help protect the people and businesses of their communities.
Due to your efforts, the issue of illegal immigration, once thought of as a joke carried by fanatical radicals, now will help determine the winners of national and local races.
If all this is considered a defeat then may all our defeats prove as bountiful.
Never in the history of the great State of Arizona has an initiative been successful without paid signatures. We could not use paid signature gatherers due to the lack of monetary support that was previously made available to Propositions 200, 300, et al. In addition, the fact is the opposition owned or controlled most all of the companies gathering signatures for pay.
Due to your efforts we made history in Arizona in spite of not making all of our goals. Thank You, God Bless You, God Bless Arizona and God Bless America.
Until next time, I remain your faithful servant.