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Gov. Jan Brewer vs. Chuck Norris

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Sarah Palin said this past week that unlike Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, President Barack Obama lacks "the cojones" to deal with illegal immigration and America's border problems.

I agree. In fact, hers was an understatement. Actually, the only cojones President Obama has shown throughout this whole American boundary debacle are those to oppose that fine governor, turn his back on the great people of Arizona, empower drug lords, and enable illegal immigration and contraband to continue to run through our borders like gnats through screens.

The opposition that Gov. Brewer has received from President Obama is completely unbecoming of any commander in chief who has sworn an oath to "preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States." And it is nothing short of a joke when the president's own website boasts of his "unprecedented strategic and integrated approach to border protection and security efforts."

The president finally has begun deployment of the 1,200 National Guard troops he promised last May to send to four border states. But full deployment is not expected until September, and their jobs are only supportive roles -- not to be a phalanx defending the actual border.

Compare that deployment with the 1,400 National Guard members whom Obama sent just weeks after the Gulf oil crisis began. Both the numbers and delay of dispatched troops to the border reflect how the president doesn't even regard the problem as a crisis. Indeed, when the president calls the BP oil spill "an invasion" and illegal immigrants "undocumented workers," you can bet something is amiss in the Oval Office.

Everyone knows President Obama's and Congress' inactivity on America's southern border is 100 percent politically motivated. The president knows that he and the Democrats need the Hispanic vote to maintain power after November and that any further clamping down on the border would only guarantee their political demise.

Regarding Arizona's constitutional right to manage issues pertaining to the welfare of its own residents, it's unfortunate that President Obama doesn't share the same sentiment as Joseph Story, who explained in his 1833 "Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States": "The State governments have a full superintendence and control over the immense mass of local interests of their respective States, which connect themselves with the feelings, the affections, the municipal institutions, and the internal arrangements of the whole population. They possess, too, the immediate administration of justice in all cases, civil and criminal, which concern the property, personal rights, and peaceful pursuits of their own citizens."

To add injury to insult, two weeks ago it was sickening to watch a federal judge block most of the Arizona immigration enforcement law just hours before it was to take effect.

And as if things couldn't be worse, it has been equally tragic to read that the American Civil Liberties Union is suing border sheriffs for just doing their jobs. Recently added to liberals' notorious list of outlaws is Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who not only has a bounty on him by Mexican cartels but also is being threatened with a lawsuit by the Department of Justice. (I have said for years that our border agents and patrols are understaffed, under-equipped, underpaid and underappreciated. And now they are under attack from not only outside but also within our borders.)

Meanwhile back at the farm, or on the border, lone ranger Gov. Brewer commendably and courageously continues to lead a battalion of border protection officials, on the one hand fighting the feds with state politicians and attorneys and on the other hand fighting illegals with border agents, sheriffs and other law enforcement officials.

What a job, huh? Does anyone think she endures those hardships merely for a paycheck? Hardly. Rather, that's pure, unadulterated patriotism.

Because of Gov. Jan Brewer's toughness, a new website about her recently launched and paralleled her prowess with the Chuck Norris "facts," those satirical and mythical super-sayings or jokes about me and my life. A few of my favorites about the Arizona governor are:

--Jan Brewer flosses with barbed wire from the border.

--Jan Brewer eats scorpions for breakfast and burps up rattlesnakes.

--Jan Brewer taught Chuck Norris how to do a roundhouse kick.

The fact is Gov. Brewer has tougher skin than I do. I've often said, tongue in cheek, that I would jump over a table and choke bad political opponents if I were running for office.

I commend Gov. Brewer for her courage and tenacity, as well as for doing what the federal government refuses to do: protect Americans from more border invasion.

A few years ago, then-presidential candidate Mike Huckabee had a little fun shooting an election commercial with me in it. He said, "My plan to secure the border? Two words: Chuck Norris."

Well, I join millions of others by saying that Arizona's remedy for securing the border is three words: Gov. Jan Brewer.

(Among eight solutions to usher in America's reawakening and renewal in Chuck Norris' new paperback expansion of his New York Times best-seller, "Black Belt Patriotism," are his remedies for our border problems, as well as his solution for illegal immigration within our borders.)

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