Payson A Washington DC Microcosm
By Jim Ferris
I have said and many others have said that Payson is a microcosm of Washington DC. You may expand that microcosm to all of Gila County. A microcosm is a small-scale replication of the larger comparison. Why are so many seeing this comparison?
First, we need to understand that there are two distinct factions that exist in both the DC realm and the Payson realm. On one side you have the old establishment crowd which I will call the Cabal. The Cabal is made up of people you consistently see in several prominent organizations in our community; organizations such as the MHA/RCEA-SLE/RCEF, Chamber of Commerce, Town Boards and Commissions, media, local medical industry, several church organizations, and other social organizations. The Cabal has made a point of aggressively populating many of these organizations. Could it be that they desire power and control which obviously translates to personal interest and economic advantages? Does the Cabal have reason to be highly motivated in championing certain special interests? You bet they do.
The other faction which I will refer to as the Community First faction are people that generally do not have a lot of person investment in private enterprises which are embedded in the community. The Community First (CF) crowd represents a large cross-section of the community. You will find them interspersed in all kinds of community organizations. Many in the CF crowd are conservative, constitutionalists, and Christian. You will see them at Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day ceremonies, the reading of the Declaration of Independence, and many other patriotic events. You won’t see many, if any, of the Cabal at these events. Why? It is my humble opinion that CF crowd focus on core constitutional values and what is in the best interest of all citizens. They look for what will provide the greatest impact in the quality of life for all citizen without regard for how it impacts their personal finances, ego, or personal power.
What is obviously apparent about the Washington beltway? It is controlled by a bureaucratic swamp – a tight net cabal of unelected power brokers. Does Payson have a swamp? Take that as a rhetorical question that needs no answer. And just like the DC swamp they have this self-image of being this enlightened elite that know better than you or I. Several Council members have basically declared this on the council dais stating they were elected by the citizens to make decisions and they do not have to defer to the citizens wishes on how they will vote on any particular issue. They know better.
The swamp is embedded in all the organizations I mentioned above, and they are also embedded in influential government and organizational positions. You are not eligible for those positions if you are not in lockstep with their agenda and ideology. Those positions are closely vetted. You think the Washington swamp is hard to drain – well Payson swamp is no different.
Think about it. Most citizens are just trying to raise a family, maintain a decent job, trying to make a go of a business, or just trying to fit-into a mutually accepting business community or social network. It’s becomes a little intimidating if you question the Cabal’s agenda or suggest a direction that does not conform to their special interests. I personally have received at least four threatening letters from Cabal law firms. They have paid huge legal fees to shut me up. Just know that to make life easier you better not buck the status quo – the swamp group think. They have future investment designs in Payson and everything that the Town considers must fit into their plans.
Look at Washington DC’s selective justice system. If you are of a certain political persuasion, Democrat or on the Left, you are immune from being investigated let alone from prosecution. Same here in Payson/Gila County. If you are Cabal person you can overtly break campaign finance laws and our Town Attorneys or County Attorney will turn a blind eye to the violation. But if you are a CF candidate, the Town Attorneys will be after you like white on rice until you pay – for violations that do not appear to exist. I can show you the complaint filed against Deborah Rose and the applicable Arizona Revised Statute (ARS); and then I challenge you explain to me how he campaign violated state statues. Stan Garner an astute legal scholar filed the complaint. He just happened to be watching Deborah Rose’s Facebook podcast, which I’m sure he does religiously, and he heard what he knew to be an expressed political endorsement that triggered a requiring that it be reported as an in-kind donation on Deborah Rose’s campaign finance report. He Stan Garner must have then diligently researched the campaign finance report. And apparently with his in-depth understanding of campaign finance law he reported the violation. I and others read the statues and could not come to the conclusion that a violation was committed but Stan knew. If you think I am being a little facetious, you’re right. But this is how the Cabal functions – like the DOJ and FBI does today. It is disgusting to me, but it apparently does not affect the moral conscious of our community. I knew Stan was a useful Something. The Cabal at its best. I could go on with how sinister it gets on the Superior Court level, but not now.
Another DC parallel is the media reporting. It’s obvious that the lame street media is nothing more than a propaganda arm for the Democrat National Committee. Who might be an equivalent propaganda arm for the Cabal? Payson’s own replica of The New York Times – The left-wing Payson Roundup. The fake news Payson Roundup has printed lies against me. They have dutifully and willfully worked with the Cabal to propagandize and deceive the public and provide unquestionable and unwavering support of the Cabal’s agenda. CNN’s support of the DNC is weak in comparison. You will not see any real investigative reporting in the Roundup. Oh, let’s not forget to give honorable mention to the FCC rules violator KRIM which is sponsored by The Town of Payson and your tax dollars. The Roundup knows Kenny Evans has a credibility problem, but do they really care? Any Community First individual pushing for the truth does not stand a chance trying to get coverage of their side of the issues. I know this by personal experience. Cancel Culture is alive and well in Payson. We need honest publications like the Payson News to get any semblance of the truth out to the public. I ask that you help support our efforts.
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