Tuesday, August 10, 2010
God, Save Arizona!
AZCentral is reporting that former Maricopa County Attorney [like a county prosecutor, but way-scarier,] and current Arizona Attorney General candidate Andrew "Yessir Sheriff Joe!" Thomas planned a full-fledged coup with mass indictments of most Maricopans not named Andrew, Joe, or Lisa. This story is so preposterous that it is a wonder that it hasn't been made into a video game, maybe an update of whack-a-mole.
Bad Lawyer has covered the extensive adventures of Andrew Thomas and Sheriff Joe, terming their reign of terror, Stalinistic. But really, words fail when the actual reality exceeds satire. You can also read quality background coverage at the ABAJournal website and at the Phoenix New Times which is currently running this report of Sheriff Joe's men run wild.
Think about this, it's as if Joe McCarthy and Roy Cohn were put in charge of immigration policy in America. But that is exactly what's happening, Governor Jan Brewer and the Arizona legislature are dancing to the political tune whistled by Joe Arpaio--and, this song is the mainstay of the immigration platform of one or two American political parties. I console myself with the firm conviction that when the music is over, there are going to be a lot of politicians running around looking for missing chairs. There will come a time in this country where we look back at the anti-immigration hysteria driven by these political lizards in Arizona and politicians who happily associate themselves now with these figures and the sentiments that they represent are going to be embarrassed and will try to deny, that they ever were associated with these xenophobic ideals.