Arizona State Sen. Karen Johnson says her beloved Mormon Church was brainwashed by evil liberals.
And now, she surmises, Mormon leaders have something in common with the news media: They wallow in ignorance by opposing her righteousness.
Yep, in the world of Johnson and the tradition of Mormon conservatives in her area of Mesa, Ariz., the LDS Church in Utah is now a liberal bastion.
Johnson, who gave a speech in the Arizona Senate in 2008 alleging the collapse of the Twin Towers on 9/11 was the result of government conspiracy, wrote a lengthy piece on her blog last week that claims the Utah Compact was a carefully crafted conspiracy that sucked Mormon leaders in by using LDS code words.
Johnson, who was named worst legislator of the year by the Arizona Republic in 2002, charged in her editorial that nobody would claim authorship of the Utah Compact which, among other things, advocates keeping families together when dealing with undocumented workers who Johnson and other tea partiers say should all be deported.
She had harsh words for such liberal radicals as Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce President and former president of the Utah Senate Lane Beattie. Another liberal rascal revealed by her research is Paul Mero, of the Sutherland Institute (and you thought that was a conservative think tank).
She unmasked the plot by pointing out that Chamber of Commerce executive Natalie Gochnour couldn't say in a television interview who was the actual author of the compact. Johnson mocked Gochnour's answer that up to 100 people had input into the final product.
But Johnson found out that the real culprit was longtime political consultant Carter Livingston, a Democrat.
Livingston was working with the Washington, D.C.-based National Immigration Forum and, in an interview uncovered by Johnson, said that in order to work with the conservative culture in Utah to arrive at a solution, he tried to find common ground, like keeping families together.
And that's what duped the church, says Johnson.
The Arizona political culture from which Johnson comes is the same culture that created the political philosophy of Utah Eagle Forum president Gayle Ruzicka, who, while living in Arizona was part of the political machine that elected former Republican Gov. Evan Mecham, later disgraced by scandal.
Ruzicka moved to Utah after that and has been molding Utah County in the image of Mesa ever since.