Thursday, August 16, 2012

Brewer and Arpaio Get Their Mean On

by Pa Rock
Citizen Journalist

Yesterday I talked about the fact that thousands of young, undocumented Arizonans - kids and young adults who have lived here a hell of a lot longer than me - had begun registering to take advantage of the President's offer to let them stay in this country to pursue an education.  It was a great day for them, for the state of Arizona, and for our country.  Admittedly, however, not everyone feels the same way that I do about this issue.

Arizona politicians routinely wallow in hate in order to win the votes of the cranky old white people who have negative views on every social issue except the ones that benefit them directly - and who always vote.  Two of the biggest manipulators of these haters are our governor, Jan Brewer, and the sheriff of Maricopa County, Joe Arpaio.

Yesterday as all of the happy young people were registering so that they could remain in this country legally, Jan Brewer issued a scathing executive order in which she essentially said that she didn't give a damn what the federal government said, these young individuals would remain second-class citizens in Arizona.  She let them know in no uncertain terms that they could not get driver's licenses or state identification cards.  Her order also mandated that any state agency that provides public benefits must put rules in place to keep these "deferred action" individuals from receiving any of those benefits.

Goody, more government rules.

Most of what Brewer wrote in her order was redundant because state law already speaks to those issues anyway - but that wasn't the point.  She wanted the world to see her scraggy middle finger raised proudly under the searing Arizona sun!  (I'm guessing she wrote the order last Sunday in church and saved it for the big moment when she could steal some of the young people's thunder.)

It's reported locally that Jan Brewer used to be a caring and compassionate individual, but that changed drastically when the house fell on her sister.

Our geriatric sheriff, Joe Arpaio, also could not let the day of celebration pass without staining it with his particular shade of vitriol.  Old Joe grabbed some headlines by having his 64th immigrant roundup.  His storm troopers barged into a local door factory and arrested four individuals on suspicion of being in the country illegally.  They were hard at work trying to earn an honest living, but Joe and his boys put a stop to their nefarious plans to build better lives for their families.

I guess that I shouldn't be too critical of our governor and sheriff.  Between the two of them they have a hundred-and forty-eight years of life experience -  a significant portion of which has been with their snouts in the public trough.  They got theirs - and that's all that really matters.

Hate prevails.

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