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Scorpions for Breakfast: My Fight Against Special Interests, Liberal Media, and Cynical Politicos to Secure America's Border Hardcover – November 1, 2011
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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 and our laws.
About the Author
Jan Brewer became Arizona’s twenty-second governor in January 2009, upon the resignation of then-Governor Janet Napolitano, inheriting one of the worst fiscal crises in the country for any state. Born to a close-knit family during World War II, Governor Brewer aggressively confronts the trials of life and government with conservative common sense. Governor Brewer is now serving her second term, after winning a convincing 2010 election victory.
Few if any elected officials in Arizona have a broader range of productive experience in public service than Governor Jan Brewer. She was first elected to public office in 1982 to the Arizona House of Representatives and later to the State Senate. She also served on the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors and was elected twice as Arizona’s secretary of state. A tough leader, Governor Brewer has always fought for her fellow citizens during her twenty-nine years of public service.
Governor Brewer and her husband, John, live in Glendale, Arizona, where they raised their three sons.
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Top Customer Reviews
Governor Jan Brewer was able to tell the story through her book..
To all of you not living in Arizona and who do not know the ranchers on the border or the illegal aliens who are friends to many of us here have no clue what we as a state have to go through.
God Bless Jan for having the guts to do what other politicains have not been able to do..
Please give it a read before placing judgement on those who see the whole picture and not just one problem in the fight to make the Arizona people and the innocent illegals safe from the war at the border..
Laws are made for reasons..not breaking..Old laws need to be reinforced not ignored..MEXICO clean up your country!!! Time for the blame game to STOP!! Thank You Jan Brewer
We are bombarded with the medias take on events in AZ and one sides negative portrait of those in AZ who live on the front lines.
If you believe people in AZ who are against illegal immigration are racist then you should read this book. At least then you can say you honestly listened to the other side.
After all this time and all that has been written and broad-casted, I still learned a lot about the illegal immigration issues from this book. She really understood the issues, but did not seem to realize the amount of emotions SB1070 would instigate. The founded and unfounded emotions generated were obvious a surprise when one state tried to regain control of a growing problem.
I highly recommend this book, especially for anyone that you know who tends to cry racism when illegal immigration is mentioned to them. It is so much better to get information from both sides of any issue, which all journalists and bloggers could learn by reading this book.
I found the pages eye-opening and they provided a perspective not given in the local news media (television or radio or newspaper). The book is well-written and the solid storytelling kept me turning the pages. I enjoyed reading it and recommend this book.
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I would recommend this book to women in particular...especially women who are not political...or who are unaware or undecided about the dangers of illegal immigration. Read morePublished 2 months ago by MakeWave
I wish i had read this before i wrote my first Arizona Series book, State of Defense. I kinda rewrote her Governorship. Great lady in my book.Published 5 months ago by doug
It was great. Wish everyone who had the legal ability to vote would read this. It helps you to understandPublished 5 months ago by Jackie
A 240 page example of why our species is failing to evolve and adjust to the ever changing world.Published 7 months ago by Christopher Sosa
I have no interest in reading this book...forward by Sarah Palin - are you kidding me?? What a joke. Jan Brewer was a terrible Governor and basically, is a horrible person. Read morePublished 7 months ago by la0221