Jan Brewer Begs Obama to Pay for Her Papers Please Discrimination

Jan Brewer, the finger wagging Governor of Arizona, has worked herself up into a real frenzy over the Supreme Court’s overturning much of her egregious immigration law, declaring the Obama administration to be violating “federal law.” Last night, she went full tea bagger, telling Fox News that this was Obama telling Arizona to drop dead!

Yes, that is so exactly how Obama talks — drop dead, Arizona! Boom, taste my nightstick, biotches!

Here is the video from Fox News:

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Transcript via Fox News:

BREWER: Well, I was shocked. I was outraged. I thought, you know, this is politics at its best. Here we had just received a unanimous vote from the highest court in the land upholding the heart of Senate bill 1070, and then three hours later, we got notification that they had rescinded our 287G privileges, so that law enforcement could not use the data system to verify illegal immigration, the status of people that were stopped, if you will, in the process of committing a crime.

You know, it was just unbelievable that they would distort the law, thwart the opinion of the Supreme Court. The bottom line is, is that, you know, I guess I shouldn’t be surprised, but you know, from the beginning, they have downplayed the border situation that Arizona faces on a daily basis in regards to security. They have certainly ignored our pleas for them to do the job. They sued Arizona for trying, for me for trying to protect the citizens of Arizona.

And then they came out last week and reversed the amnesty position with what I called back-door amnesty, giving illegal immigrants temporary working status. And now today to rescind the 287G.

I would think that the American people would think long and deep about what the federal government is doing and why aren’t they abiding by the rule of law. It’s just unconscionable. What they said to Arizona is, Drop dead, Arizona, drop dead and go away. We’re going to ignore you.

VAN SUSTEREN: Is Arizona the only state that you know of that’s had the 287G agreement stopped today?

BREWER: Yes, it is. We verified that and checked, and Arizona is the only state that it was rescinded on.

VAN SUSTEREN: Well, the president must be a little bit concerned about your state because not long after your press conference and not long after the 287G was cut off, the Department of Justice set up a telephone hotline and intake e-mail for the public to report potential civil rights concerns related to the implementation of Arizona SB-1070 provision requiring immigration status verification during certain law enforcement encounters.

So apparently, the Department of Justice — they’re taking — they’re worried you’re going to do something.

BREWER: Well, it’s like they’re baiting, I guess, people to participate in this. I have all the confidence in the world in our law enforcement. And they will be held accountable. There will be no racial discriminations. No one’s civil rights will be abused.

And for the federal government and the Department of Justice to go out in this manner and to encourage, I would say, bait people to call up and report people, that it’s just unbelievable. Is this not America? Is this not the United States? Do I not as governor have the right to protect the people of Arizona?

Notice how “they” automatically became the President in Van Sustern’s world? The President must be “worried” about Jan’s state, or else the DHS and the Justice Department wouldn’t have acted on the Supreme Court’s decision by worrying about the suppression of civil rights (what?). Thus we note that “they” really means evil, Constitution-killing Obama.

Jan and Greta seem upset that “they” can do whatever they want. Yes, “they can” — or as some people call it, “they” can follow the interpretation of the law as ruled on by the Supreme Court. The Court ruled in no uncertain terms that the federal government has the power to make immigration policy. A refresher for Jan:

The court destroyed the Republican argument that states have the right to make their own separate immigration policies, “The National Government has significant power to regulate immigration. With power comes responsibility, and the sound exercise of national power over immigration depends on the Nation’s meeting its responsibility to base its laws on a political will informed by searching, thoughtful, rational civic discourse.”

In case Jan missed yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling, the Constitution includes a “supremacy clause” that basically says that federal laws supersede state laws.

But here, perhaps, is the root of the problem. Ms Brewer does not acknowledge the “national” government as the Supreme Court does. Here is Jan Brewer defiantly declaring the US to be a “federalist” government and not a “national” government, “The United States has a federal government, not a national government.”

Ms. Brewer seems somewhat confused about the meaning of federalism. The United States does in fact operate under a national government, and legitimate arguments about states rights and federalism do not change that. The Court explained yesterday, “The federal power to determine immigration policy is well settled.”

In Ms. Brewer’s wingnuttery confusion, she seems to think that Federalism gives her the right as Governor of a state to make immigration laws funded by the federal government and supported by DHS, but overriding federal law, unchecked by the Supreme Court. Ah, to be Queen for a day…

While this might sound like more paranoid musings from the Tea Queen, it also demonstrates the utter silliness of the Tea Party self-perception as gun slingers doin’ it all alone, for Brewer admitted that without the Department of Homeland Security’s help, Arizona could not continue demanding papers please.

The Tea Party is big on “state’s rights” and like to threaten secession, but they never address how they would take financial responsibility on a state level without the help of the federal government (i.e., our taxes).

The Arizona legislature tried to pass a law in 2011 that would give them the power to determine which federal laws and regulations they would enforce and which they would not. The Arizona Republic described the law as one that would essentially allow Arizona to secede from the union. It was Jan Brewer herself who vetoed the stunningly ignorant secessionist SB 1433. Perhaps she regrets doing so today.

Jan Brewer and the Tea Party want y’all to pay for their state’s rights. Just because Brewer decided to jump off of a cliff with Papers Please, she expects the rest of the country’s taxes to fund it via the DHS. The theme of red state governors swaggering around playing phony cowboy/cowgirl to the federal government while at the same time begging for federal money for their state is indicative of the bizarre disconnect within conservative thought.

It seems like conservatism has become an ideology of adolescent Rand worshipers — much more about creating an independent self-image than actually being independent. Sort of like the teenager who wants to make the rules in the house while her parents pay for everything.

With power comes responsibility, and with power comes the ability to give a confused, finger wagging, out of her element Tea Party Queen a lesson on how the federal government works. In other words, it’s not the Obama administration telling Arizona to drop dead, but it might be their rather eloquent way of telling Jan Brewer to grow up. If she wants to play with our money, she has to play by the rules of our government.

22 Replies to “Jan Brewer Begs Obama to Pay for Her Papers Please Discrimination”

  1. If the TP is for states rights,were is the outrage over the Supremes nullifying Montana’s law concerning campaign contributions???

    Just asking.

  2. I would love to see Civics brought back in schools. Also, let’s make US History a necessity in order to graduate. Had an excellent History teacher in the 10th Grade.

  3. You and 25 other states were wrong, so hush and drop dead. You are living on Mexico land. Mexicans are not the only race that are here to work without papers. You should allow them to work and maybe some of your tax money will come back, because when you started this illegal bill, your state went down the tank.

  4. …Only if real, complete U.S. History is taught, not the revisionist Texas School Board/Conservapedia/Sarah Palin/Tea Party “history”.

  5. What happens when you elect uneducated people to offices of significance? Confusion and misunderstanding anyone? This anti-intellectualism of the teabaggers must stop. A good education is so important.

  6. Sister Jan is about as bright as Sister Sara…both are out of their league and should not be involved in politics let alone have official roles. Both are (were) crappy governors who produce nothing but waste and scandal. That’s no way to run a state…

    In the case of Sister Jan, she was an appointee who usurped the governor’s seat through paid operatives, like Russell Pierce and Joe Arpiao; they needed some one to rubber-stamp their jack boot provisos and turn them into governing precedence. They have to some extent, but they are constantly embattled with those who keep trying to stop them both on a state as well as national level…and, constantly. They cost everyone a lot of money that could be better used instead of chasing these crooks around trying to make them behave.

  7. Looks like total disrespect …wagging a finger in The POTUS face…utter contempt ..Obama is such a nice guy…smdh..

  8. Excellent point. This was a shock to see such an extreme right partisan court strike down the Arizona law, especially since Chief Justice Roberts voted with Kennedy and the more “liberal wing.” Anyone to the left of Atilla the Hun is a “flaming liberal” by current republican definition. “You’re either with us, or you are a commie!” And we just thought that McCarthyism would never ever rear it’s ugly head again.

  9. Just yesterday, she was trumpeting the S. Court decision as a victory. Someone must finally have read it to her.

  10. Guess Obama got the last laugh for her disrespectful bony finger wagging in his face. What part of the Supreme Court ruling doesn’t she understand when they said immigration policy has long been established to be a Federal matter.

  11. I’m certain the US History is a requirement for graduation in all 50 states. However, with the GOP in Texas rewriting their ‘history books’ to exclude any achievements by gay people, minorities and women, just what are they learning? They are learning that only white males were and are important in the US. They have the money, the power, and the arrogance to think they can go it alone. I say, let’em. When the GOP starts bannig contraception, women will start abstaining from sex. Period. No prisoners.

  12. What we need in Arizona is a new Governor. Republicans have declared war on women and Hispanics and we need to take back our country.

  13. Civics is still taught in many schools across the nation. I taught it for over 30 years until I retired in 2009. The problem is that in many cases, religious, personal, and political ideology is more important than facts to individuals like Brewer. They probably know the way our government works, but they don’t like it, so they push their own versions of how they’d like it to work. This is why AZ crafted 1070, and why Brewer and the AZ state legislators thought they could enforce it and get away with it. Most of the republicans in Congress, in state legislatures, and in governors’ mansions are authoritarians and appear to be very immature individuals who are bound and determined to impose their will on their states and the nation. This could explain why Brewer made an azz of herself on national TV and declared that the SC had handed AZ a ‘victory’ with its decision gutting the majority of 1070. She’s determined to have her way and neither national immigration laws, Congress, or the Supreme Court is going to tell her what she can/cannot do as governor of AZ.

  14. What Supreme Judicial Court decision was Jan Brewer looking at when she said AZ law was upheld by unanimous decision? Did she not know that Judge Scalia and Thomas decent-ed? If she wants to claim two Justices would have upheld the law she would have been half right. However Chief Justice Roberts and five others Justices struck down Three of the Four parts, and severely limited the fourth section. They reserved the right to revisit that section, depending on if there is abuse of it in the courts.

    Justice Kennedy made it quite clear when he wrote, “The federal power to determine immigration policy is well settled.”

  15. I am outraged,they leave new law in AZ partially intact. However, they took all of Montans rights to control who supports their state canidates away. Laws that have been respected and good for Montana for One Hundred years and were designed to keep their elections FAIR. An abominable decision, that the state is not going to accept this ruling without a fight.

    Best wishes Montana on the Good Fight, may you win this one for fairness. I don’t believe any money should be allowed for in State elections. It distorts the values of any state, while reducing the power of the people within any state.

  16. Poor Jan, she can’t hurt the Latinos anymore, and she is pissed. She is a awful person. Arizona needs to do itself a favor, and get her out of office

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