So, it seems every politician is in the book publishing business these days. The latest example is controversial Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, who has been hitting the talk show circuits to promote Scorpions for Breakfast: My Fight Against Special Interests, Liberal Media, and Cynical Politicos to Secure America's Border.
The book, published on November 1, is already being reviewed among partisan lines, such as the one by Esquire: Arizona Remains Crazy, and So Is Jan Brewer's Book.
No matter what opinion you have about Brewer, one thing is certain: her choice of a back cover image. To her supporters, this image will be celebrated, but for the rest of us, we just have to say: this is wicked bizarre.
So much can be said about this photo. Here are just a few things:
- Brewer has an AMAZING PhotoShop individual, having been able to remove decades from her face. The following photo of Brewer is a little bit more accurate. It was taken by Reuters in February, 2011.
- Brewer is truly a revisionist when it comes to accurately depicting American history. She might have forgotten that the iconic Rosie the Riveter image was developed by the Democratic administration of President Franklin Roosevelt during the war. Rosie was a symbol of putting Americans to work during World War II. The image is a classic celebration of the American labor force and has long been associated with organized labor, one of the "scorpions" Brewer is trying to eat for breakfast now. As one source says: "The organized labor movement, strengthened by the war beyond even its depression-era height, became a major counterbalance to both the government and private industry." So do these young ladies below (whom we might sepculate as of the GOP variation) that this picture is more associated with organized labor than it is with a new belief in states' rights?
So, if you want to read Brewer's book, you can get it on Amazon, or you can just read the book's official promo text and decide for yourself.
Sometime after dark on March 27, 2010, Arizona rancher Robert Krentz was found dead next to his four-wheeler on the grounds of his ranch on the Arizona-Mexico border. Krentz and his dog, Blue, had been missing since that morning. They were last heard from when he radioed his brother to say that he’d found an illegal alien on the property and was going to offer him assistance. The man Krentz encountered that day shot and killed him and his dog, without warning, before escaping to Mexico.
It’s difficult to overstate the impact of Krentz’s death, which turned the issue of Arizona’s unsecured border—a crisis that the federal government had repeatedly ignored—into a national concern. As Arizona sheriff Larry Dever said in his testimony before the Senate Homeland Security Committee, “We cannot sit by while our citizens are terrorized, robbed, and murdered by ruthless and desperate people who enter our country illegally.” This momentum helped pass SB 1070, a bill that authorizes local law enforcement under certain conditions to question persons reasonably suspected of being illegal aliens, which Governor Jan Brewer and the state legislature had been working on for months. With the passage of this controversial bill, the state of Arizona became ground zero in the impassioned debate over illegal immigration. The Democrats and the media went into overdrive, denouncing the state and its governor as racists and Nazis.
Governor Brewer, a lifelong Arizona resident with deep ties to the community, was first elected to the Arizona House of Representatives in 1982, and hasn’t lost an election since. As a state official, she watched with increasing dismay as illegal immigration exploded across Arizona’s border, and noticed the devastating effect it was having on the state. Causing an escalation in violence, an influx of drugs, and prisons and hospitals to fill to overflowing, this problem was not only wreaking havoc on the moral fabric of the community but placing an even greater strain on Arizona’s beleaguered health, educational, and social welfare networks. Growing frustrated with the failure of the federal government to respond to her pleas for assistance, Governor Brewer led the state to action. Scorpions for Breakfast is Brewer’s commonsense account of her fight to secure our nation’s border in the face of persistent federal inaction. Her book is vital reading for all Americans interested in the real change that can happen when local leaders take the initiative to preserve our country.