Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Heads or Tails

When I moved here to Arizona from Michigan in January, I went through a small culture-shock.  I moved into a State where any legal citizen that isn't a felon can purchase a handgun without registering it or getting a permit for it. Wow, what a change from the communist State of Michigan.

Here in Arizona at the time they were putting through a new law to let people conceal a handgun without a license as well.  Wow, something not even conceivable in Michigan where they are trying to disarm the population.

I felt like I went back in time hundreds of years when people actually followed the U.S. Constitution and when people had freedom.  After a lifetime of being raised in an oppressive... wait a minute; sounds like I was raised somewhere in Eastern Europe?

All of this to say...

I was immediately taken by Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his no-nonsense type of law enforcement.  He's got this crazy idea that as a sheriff of the county, that if he sees someone breaking the law, he arrests them and puts them into the criminal justice system.  I know, right?  A real lunatic.

I know it's a real stunner to find someone in -any- profession that actually does the job they were hired for.  So it takes a while to have it sink in when you finally come across someone that does just that.

Out here people either love him or hate him.

1.  People hate him if they are criminals, convicts, murderers, rapists, burglars, pedophiles, thieves, wife beaters, child abusers, etc.
2.  People that love him pay taxes, follow the laws, love their country and try to make a better life for them and their children.

It wasn't a real confusing choice when I started to look at him and what he's been doing to decide which side of that coin I fit on.  And, it's also a real barometer to quickly learn about the people around you.

Get in a conversation or overhear a conversation about Sheriff Joe and find someone against him.  It's a fun little hobby of mine to follow them back to their car and discover a trunk full of drugs, illegal aliens or stolen items from the neighborhood.  Works every time (wink).

All of this has been an intro for the following conversation.

Sheriff Joe has been the central figure of controversy here in Arizona for quite a while now.

On the day parts of Arizona's immigration law, SB 1070, went into effect, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is in the news for another reason: there's a price on his head - allegedly offered by a Mexican drug cartel.
The audio message in Spanish is a bit garbled, but the text is clear.
It's offering $1 million for Sheriff Joe Arpaio's head and $10,000 for anyone who wants to join the Mexican cartel.
A man who wants to remain anonymous says his wife received the text message Tuesday evening. It also included an international phone number and instructions to pass the message along.  (Source)

Well, we can understand where the corrupt Mexican government / drug lords are coming from on this one.  (Corrupt Mexican Police Linked to Kidnappings)  Sheriff Joe is the largest hindrance in their profit margin running drugs, kidnappings, rapes, etc, here on this side of the border.

The U.S. Federal Government surely has shown no inclination or plan to ever stop the free flow of criminals (BTW, a great percentage of those coming across the border are from middle eastern countries that openly support terrorism) across our border.

The Mexican president even stands on the lawn of our White House and berates Arizona and scolds them for wanting Mexicans coming across the border to follow the law (BTW, Mexican laws are FAR more strict about visiting/entering their country than our laws).

So, on that coin I talked about before; it's simple to see they are on side #1.

Who else would choose the same side as the criminals, rapists, murderers, etc?  How about our Federal Government?

(CNSNews.com) – Pinal County (Ariz.)
Sheriff Paul Babeu is hopping mad at the federal government.
Babeu told CNSNews.com that rather than help law enforcement in Arizona stop the hundreds of thousands of people who come into the United States illegally, the federal government is targeting the state and its law enforcement personnel.
“What’s very troubling is the fact that at a time when we in law enforcement and our state need help from the federal government, instead of sending help they put up billboard-size signs warning our citizens to stay out of the desert in my county because of dangerous drug and human smuggling and weapons and bandits and all these other things and then, behind that, they drag us into court with the ACLU,” Babeu said.
The sheriff was referring to the law suits filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and the U.S. Department of Justice challenging the state’s new immigration law.
“So who has partnered with the ACLU?” Babeu said in a telephone interview with CNSNews.com. “It’s the president and (Attorney General) Eric Holder himself. And that’s simply outrageous.”
Last week, U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton placed a temporary injunction on portions of the bill that allowed law enforcement personnel during the course of a criminal investigation who have probable cause to think an individual is in the country illegally to check immigration status. The state of Arizona filed an appeal on Thursday with the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
“Our own government has become our enemy and is taking us to court at a time when we need help,” Babeu said.  (Source)

Perhaps I'm too much of a simpleton?  But to me the choice is plain.

Decide which side of the coin you are on.

Side 1:  You support rapists, murderers, racists, thieves, child molesters, drug runners, criminals.
Side 2:  You support the rule of law, obeying the law, peacefully retaking our country back from Marxist leaders (this includes John McCain and the sell out Republicans that are life long politicians for power).

Pick your side, I have.

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