It is painful to watch the destruction of a country. I feel that pain each time I read about another constitutional amendment under attack. I feel the pain each time another of our freedoms—freedoms fought and died for by our brave military—is stripped away from us. I feel pain every time the race-baiters try to tear us apart, and each time I hear a wealthy celebrity publically call our great country a racist nation.
It would be so easy to allow myself to sink into defeat; to swallow the MSM’s love affair with the current administration. But, to do that is to give up on the American people. We have the power to change the course of the USA. It’s up to us to remind congress and the president that ours is a government “of the people, for the people, and by the people.”
And speaking of the people, who are ignored by the president, I just saw this from Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer:
Last night just before going on his summer vacation, Obama DENIED federal assistance for the Yarnell fire that destroyed more than 120 homes and claimed the lives of 19 firefighters.
Here’s my full statement regarding the President’s denial:
I am deeply troubled by the Obama Administration’s decision to deny much-needed recovery assistance in the wake of Arizona’s deadliest wildfire. This designation would have provided critical aid to citizens most impacted by the fire.
The State of Arizona continues to mourn this tragedy, which took the lives of nineteen of our bravest first responders. While no amount of federal assistance could ever ease the pain of such an extraordinary loss, it would have provided significant financial relief to Yarnell and Peeples Valley. Local residents are under enough emotional stress as they work to pick up the pieces and put their communities back together. Wondering how or if they will recover their losses should be the last of their worries.
In the days after the fire, I appreciated the call I received from President Obama, during which he pledged to support our state during its time of great need. I was even more encouraged when Vice President Biden reiterated that commitment at the memorial service for the fallen Granite Mountain Hotshots. With today’s denial of the state’s request, Arizonans are left questioning what help they were willing to give.
I was hopeful the federal government would recognize the exceptionally devastating circumstances surrounding this tragedy, and support Arizona’s request.
I will review our options regarding an appeal of this misguided decision. I will continue to do everything in my power to assist in that effort.
Rest assured, that is a pledge that will not be broken.