Mr. Ducey wants to go to Washington

Governor Doug Ducey
The line of sneakers with the Betsy Ross Flag recalled by Nike because Alt Right White Racists have taken the image for their own.

While Nike botched, Governor Doug Ducey calculated.

As AZ Central columnists Elvia Diaz, Laurie Roberts, and EJ Montini have already written in their columns, Nike, fearful of alienating customers, chose to heed the advice of one of their spokespersons Colin Kaepernick, who correctly pointed out that white nationalist scum are using that historic symbol for their own purposes, and drop a line of sneakers that would have depicted the original American Flag, whose design is credited to Betsy Ross.

This stand by Nike gave an opportunity to politically ambitious Arizona Governor Doug Ducey who, imitating a certain Popular Vote Loser, launched a series of tweets, starting at 2:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 2, designed to get the attention of conservative commentators (and donors) on the East Coast, condemning the Nike decision and directing the Arizona Commerce Authority to withdraw previously agreed monetary inducements for Nike to construct a manufacturing plant in Goodyear.

Also see: Culture warrior Doug Ducey disses good jobs for a myth (and kissing Trump’s ass)

In response to the Governor’s actions, the Mayor of Goodyear, Georgia Lord said that Goodyear would still honor the economic incentives it has agreed to with Nike and the company has not indicated it would go elsewhere at this time.

Up until yesterday, the great majority of Americans (including myself, a history teacher, as well as probably many history textbook writers), probably unwisely in hindsight, did not realize that alt-right racist scum had appropriated the Betsy Ross flag as their symbol to restore the country to their version of what the United States should be. Most people, like the recent piece of Rolling Stone Magazine illustrates, think it is the Confederate Flag that these individuals drape around themselves.

Nike should not have let this situation get this far.

Nike, with its vast staff of researchers and marketing executives, should have uncovered, sooner in the design stage, that this symbol would make racists happy and alienate African Americans. That is the height of stupidity and it gives an opportunity to extremists on both sides to advocate for positions out of the mainstream. They have given an opportunity for the KKK endorsed Trump and the “Grim Reaper” Mitch McConnell to capitalize on with their fringe bases.

They have also given an opening to potential 2024 Dark Horse Presidential Candidates like the Governor of Arizona, Doug Ducey.

Governor Ducey stupidly taking a picture with members of the White Nationalist Patriot Movement (during the 2018 election season) whose individuals are philosophically aligned with the people who have appropriated the Ross flag for their UnAmerican purposes. Photo from Southern Poverty Law Center

Ducey, the one who did take a picture with the very people who share views with those that have appropriated the Betsy Ross Flag,  should build his national ambitions on how he has helped Arizona’s most vulnerable (like Arizona’s children) instead of politically charged code slogans and words.

Oh, he has not done much to help Arizona’s most vulnerable.

Doug Ducey is not Jimmy Stewart and he should not be given an opportunity to go to and serve in Washington.


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David Gordon
Living in Arizona since his family moved to Tempe from New York in 1982, David Gordon has three degrees from Arizona State University and the University of Phoenix in History, Political Science, and Secondary School Administration. A highly qualified Social Studies instructor and Certified School Principal, Mr. Gordon owned his own charter school, Grand Canyon College Preparatory Academy from 1997-2016. The school served students in grades 6-12 in the East Valley of Maricopa County. Many of the graduates of GCP earned college credit for free while still attending high school, some completing the first year of college before graduating. Among the speakers at the school's graduations were noted figures in Arizona Politics like Harry Mitchell, David Schweikert, Juan Mendes, Andrew Sherwood, and John Huppenthal. Mr. Gordon also participated in the revisions of the Arizona History and Social Studies standards. In January 2017, Mr. Gordon started the political blog Twenty-First Century Progressive Bull Moose. It has a global following and routinely comments on the political events of the day. Mr. Gordon also helps administer the Facebook page Living Blue in Arizona. He is also currently writing a series of Young Adult science fiction novels which incorporate the themes of time travel and its impact on history. Mr. Gordon is very happy to be asked to join the Blog for Arizona team and hopes to spread the progressive word to make Arizona a better place for everyone.


  1. Non sequitur, thy name is John. What is it with you right wingers, no matter what challenges are made on your people’s actions, you always bring up, like a petulant kid, “what about Obama, what about Hillary’s e-mails” By the way I dont think the shoes should not have been withdrawn. That was stupid, but its a private company’s decision, why should Ducey care, except to grandstand. All the rest of these comments about the history of Betsy Ross are completely irrelevant.

  2. There is a lot of hypocrisy going around. For example, nobody on the left criticized President Obama for displaying two giant Betsy Ross flags at his inauguration. Go to:

    Likewise, it was fine or at least not worthy of comment when President Obama built those detention centers with cages on the border. Go to:

    Not sure why Governor Ducey wore the Nikes. I am not his dresser. But that is nothing compared to the left’s hypocrisy on the two issues cited above. What do you think?

    • Dear Representative Kavanagh Thank you for your comment. You may have a valid point on the Obama Inauguration. Thank you for bringing that up. With respect to the Obama and Trump immigration policies and who started what, I would respectfully point you to the following links from politifact: I would also point out that the United States Senate passed, in a bipartisan vote (68 votes), a comprehensive immigration package in 2013 that the Republican-controlled House at the time did not consider. Furthermore, the KKK endorsed candidate had an opportunity to work with Democrats and Republicans on a comprehensive deal but backed out when the alt right (his followers) protested. Take care and have a great remainder of the holiday weekend.

      • My comment was on Obama building the centers with cages, not on the separation policy.

        Not sure why you mentioned the KKK endorsed candidate, so I can’t comment.

        Hope you enjoyed your holiday too.

        • Dear Representative Kavanagh, I mentioned the KKK endorsed candidate because all that is happening in these centers can be traced to the nativist anti immigrant reactionary policies he, his former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, his in house xenophobe Stephen Miller, and his former guru Steve Bannon have embraced and plagued this nation with. You can not pin this on Barack Obama.

  3. Hypocrisy like President Obama using two Betsy Ross flags at his inauguration without a peep from the left?
    Go to:

    Or nobody having a problem with detention centers with cages on the border when the deporter in chief built them?
    Go to:

    …while we are talking about hypocrisy.

  4. Hypocrisy like not mentioning President Obama’s using the Betsy Ross flag at his inauguration?
    Go to:

    And that would be the inauguration that pre-dated Obama’s building detention centers with cages on the border.
    Go to:

    …since we are speaking about hypocrisy.

  5. We did notice that Mr. Ducey was caught wearing Nike’s in Coconino County on the Fourth of July. Probably the Colin Kapernick model. Just more raving hypocrisy, right John K.?

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