SCORPIONS for BREAKFAST: My Fight Against Special Interests, Liberal Media & Cynical Politicos to Secure America’s Border
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after dark on March 27, 2010, Arizona rancher Robert Krentz was found
dead next to his four-wheeler on his ranch on the Arizona-Mexico border.
Krentz and his dog 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 to question persons reasonably suspected of being illegal
aliens, which Governor Jan Brewer had been working on for months. With
the passage of this bill, the state of Arizona became ground zero in the
debate over illegal immigration.
The Democrats and the mainstream media went into overdrive, denouncing the state and its governor as racists and “Nazis.”
Scorpions for Breakfast, Jan Brewer, America’s toughest governor and
one of the most popular conservative political figures in the nation
today, proudly defends her embattled state and challenges President
Obama to do his job and keep our border safe.
Unfairly tarred by
liberal critics as a state comprised of racist rednecks, Arizona is on
the front lines in the battle against illegal immigration—and the
courageous stand of its governor—who has been called so tough that she
“eats scorpions for breakfast”—will educate and inspire Americans from
coast to coast.
Hardback, 228 pages
Excerpt from the Introduction
I am not the first governor to
find herself in a no-holds-barred, take-no-prisoners battle with Washington and
the liberal media. But in Arizona, our fight is different, and all the more
frustrating for it. While most reform-minded governors fight Washington for the
freedom to do their jobs without federal micromanagement, I am fighting
Washington to make it get off its keister and do what it’s supposed to do.
The Constitution is very clear on
this point. We looked it up. Article VI, Section 4 imposes on the federal
government the duty to “protect each [state] against Invasion and . . . .
domestic Violence.” I don’t want anything more controversial than for Barack
Obama to honor these words. I don’t want anything more radical than for the law
to be enforced.
And yet there I was, being called
names you would never want your children and grandchildren to hear. I was
called “Hitler’s daughter.” I was called “Satan’s whore.” Mostly, I was called
things I can’t repeat here. Why? When did enforcing the law become
controversial? The sheer volume and hysteria of the reaction we had provoked
made me think we were on to something.