There’s that bit in the Arlo Guthrie song “Alice’s Restaurant” when he declares that three people singing in unison is a movement.
So, what about two similarly themed alarmist communiques from local Republican pooh bahs? A talking point, of course!
Below is the latest
missive screed from member of the local Republican szlachta, John Munger. In it, he declares that Tucson is just like Selma circa 1959. He even goes so far as saying that “uppity” Republicans like him are being punished.
Yeah, he said “uppity.”
I usually try to have a hearty laugh at conservatives calling themselves victims. But Bruce Ash and John Munger claiming to be just like the guys that got their heads bashed in on the Edmund Pettus Bridge? There is something downright vomit inducing about a couple wealthy white guys making that comparison.
Munger, Ash and company can bloviate about the unfairness all they want, but the system Tucson has has survived several court challenges and Justice Department scrutiny (under both Republican and Democratic administrations). Also, the system elected in recent years Steve Kozachik, Kathleen Dunbar and Fred Ronstadt. All of them won city wide and all representing very Democratic wards that it is doubtful any could have been elected in. The dissatisfaction that elected Kozachik came close to electing two more Republicans, and could have had the local party been better organized to support their candidates. Heck, they might have done better in one race if they had recruited a decent candidate rather than making random phone calls to track down someone that would fill the ballot line.
The funny part is, if we went to a ward only system, you’d have four bulletproof wards likely electing very liberal candidates who would have no reason to moderate because they would never need to appeal to more conservative East Side voters. If that ever happened, Ash and Munger would likely come up with another whiny argument about how unfair life is to them and their buddies down at the country club.
Munger’s silliness is after the jump:
What do Post-Civil War Selma, Alabama, and current Tucson, Arizona, have in common? In Post-Civil War Selma, the Democrat Party manipulated its electoral system to discriminate against Blacks, and to eliminate any significant chance they might be elected to local office. They did this by holding all elections City-wide, instead of by Wards, so that the SAME City-wide majority would elect ALL CANDIDATES. Election by Wards might have permitted local Black favorites in various Wards to be elected, but the majority of White racists did not want that to happen. They wanted all White officials. So they manipulated their system so that the SAME White majority would elect ALL candidates. THUS, NO MINORITY CANDIDATES.
This was a Tyranny Of The Majority. No rights whatever for minorities.
While the Federal government outlawed this system in the deep South in the Voting Rights Act, that law was written (probably with the help of local Dem leader Mo Udall) so it did not apply to Tucson, WHICH HAD THE SAME DISCRIMINATORY LAWS.
Yep. Tucson still has the old Jim Crow electoral laws which discriminate against minorities by requiring EVERY candidate to be elected by the SAME OLD CITY-WIDE MAJORITY. No Ward elections that might allow independent voices to be heard in good old Tucson. Of course, this system is not used to discriminate only against racial minorities today—it is mostly used to eliminate any chance that REPUBLICANS might be elected. The old Dem cabal wouldn’t want any independent voices to arise from the Wards, so Wards are not permitted to elect their own candidates. Nope, all Ward candidates are elected by—you got it—the same old City-wide Dem Majority.
Pretty cool, eh? And when the State legislature passed a law making this corrupt system illegal, the Dem machine (i.e., the City) jumped into action and filed suit to stop it. Wouldn’t want fair elections in Tucson. No, suh! Don’t want those Republicans gettin’ uppity.
If you love being part of the the old Jim Crow South, you should love Tucson. The Good Ole Dem Machine continues to thrive here using that good old Tyranny of their Majority. Baja Arizona? Be very ashamed!!