Monday, September 13, 2010

America's Toughest President?

Last week I blogged about the federal Department of Justice lawsuit against Sheriff Joe. Since then, speculation has emerged whether Arizona’s iconic lawman plans a run in the 2012 presidential race. Over the weekend he addressed a Republican committee in New Hampshire as a lunch keynote speaker, sparking the rumor.

Candidates who build their campaigns around hate for immigrants have found some isolated success at the local level, as well as in some state races such as Pete Wilson’s reelection in California in 1994 built around his support for Proposition 187. But at the national level, at least, their campaigns have fizzled. Just ask Pat “we need an immigration time-out” Buchanan and Tom “defend the border against undocumented immigrant terrorists” Tancredo. I worry, though, about the appeal to the Fox-entranced masses of something like a Palin/Arpaio ticket. Watching most media these days gives the impression that we are under siege from criminal immigrants, who arrive with backpacks stuffed with illegal drugs to exploit our wealth and public services, while beheading the rich and dumping their bodies in the desert. The reality that many of us have detailed is that the undocumented immigrants are the ones exploited in labor at the margins of society. U.S. border cities are among our safest cities despite, and probably because of, the immigrant influx. And in Oregon, where anti-immigrant sentiment is blossoming, crime statistics released today by the FBI show violent crime here has dropped to the lowest rate since 1969, with property crime down to 1966 levels.

We don’t need the prison culture that Arpaio would bring to any public office. Rather, we need better funded schools and meaningful job growth and economic opportunity. Joe, we don’t need your bloated ego in the White House or anywhere inside or near the Beltway. You’ve got plenty to do in Maricopa County chasing down Jan Brewer’s incessant phantoms and delusions.


  1. In the last four months Jan Brewer has been caught lying, three times and counting.

    The comments made on June 16, 2010, and June 27, 2010, clearly indicates that the Brewer says that immigrants are beheading people in the United States desert. She first ran away from the question and the press when confronted with the question. She finally when to FOX/ FAKE News to recant her lie.

    When Brewer was confronted with the fact the two of her top Advisors (Paul Senseman, Chuck Coughlin) are lobbyist for “Private Prisons” giant CCA she first ran away from the question and the press.

    In an attempt to gain sympathy, she first said her father had died in Germany fighting the Nazi in World War II (which ended 1945) but of course we find out the truth that her father was never in Germany and died in California in 1955. Do you see a trend here?

    Brewer signed into law SB 1070 Bill (Did she even read it?), lied about the crime rates in AZ (even Janet Napolitano knows that all crimes rates went down), and now we find out that she is in the pockets of PRIVATE PRISONS who stand to benefit with the increase Federal jailing, and thus they will pay her back, I wonder if it has to do anything about the fact that her son was transferred to a brand new prison, he was convicted for rape and sexual assault, I guess the fruit does not fall far the tree.

    “Private Prisons Lie”

    “AZ Crime Rates”

    “Father Lie”

  2. Wasn't this country built by immigrants? In fact, WE all are immigrants in some way. Although the un-documented immigrants may seem like a problem that politicians feel they should base their campaign upon- the real problem in the US today is with the economy.
    The immigrants are clearly not affecting the crime stats, so why can't Arizona move on?


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