Meet Joe Arpaio, often billed as the “toughest sheriff in America.” There are a couple of reasons for this, beginning with the fact that because Arizona borders Mexico, Maricopa County is one corridor of illegal migration. Additionally, in America, county sheriffs are charged with running the county jails … and Arizona Sheriff Arpaio ran his jail with a view to punishment rather than ineffectual rehabilitation. He wanted convicts to know that they were behind bars for breaking the law; he would not molly-coddle them.
In many jurisdictions, whenever prison populations exceed federal guidelines in square feet of living space per prisoner, prison officials release them before the end of their sentences. This didn’t happen under Sheriff Joe Arpaio. In Maricopa County, an increase in prisoner population caused Arpaio to move overflow prisoners into well-guarded tent cities. Moreover, Arpaio’s jails stopped offering air-conditioning; he removed gymnasiums; he disallowed access to cinema and television, and he required inmates to wear pink clothing (as a means of demonstrating to inmates they weren’t really as tough as they thought they were). Arpaio also prohibited smoking, and meals were reduced to exactly what it takes to maintain a healthy body —and not one calorie more.
No surprise, Sheriff Arpaio wasn’t a very popular character among criminal elements —or the American left (but I repeat myself). His stand on illegal immigrants (a significant source of crime within Maricopa County) caused liberal heads to explode … and you know what eventually happens, right? Retribution. Political payback. As they used to say, whatever goes around, comes around. Added to the number of defense lawyers who loathed him, Arpaio became a target of liberal judges, liberal prosecutors, and the ACLU. Helping these people along the way was the liberal (dishonest) media.
As a demonstration of this, here is one of CNN’s headlines:
ARPIO’S TWO-DECADE RULE ENDED IN NOVEMBER
Arpaio was an elected official. He served in office for twenty years because the people of Maricopa County reelected him six times … but you can see how leftist propagandists like to play with words, and if you know Arizona politics (among the most corrupt in America) … you will note how no one on the left complained about Pima County (Democrat) Sheriff Clarence Dupnik serving for 35 years.
The fact that Arpaio was a no-nonsense law enforcement officer drove leftist zealots bonkers. In reality, Arpaio was a fair and decent policeman. Unlike his contemporary Dupkik, he never murdered an innocent man in his own home and then refused to allow medical treatment, which might have saved his life. But Arpaio was a conservative … which is precisely what got him into trouble with the epicene left.
Sheriff Arpaio’s legal problems began sometime in 2007 when a group of illegal Mexicans filed a class action lawsuit, claiming that Arpio’s policing policy amounted to racial discrimination. It is hard not to laugh … for first of all, who knew that “Mexican” was a race? In fact, Arpaio never targeted Mexicans; he targeted people committing crimes … and about 30% of these happened to be of Mexican heritage.
In any case, in 2008 Barack Obama became President, which changed the direction of the policy and procedures in the office of the Attorney General of the United States. Never mind that the federal government organized an illegal drug smuggling ring along the US/Mexican border and tried to lay the blame for this at the feet of gun shop owners in border-states, or that because of the incompetence of Eric Holder and Barack Obama, more than 300 innocent citizens of Mexico became victims of drug-cartel gun crimes, or even that federal agent Brian Terry was murdered by one of Eric Holder’s “Fast and Furious” weapons. Forget all that … focus instead on Sheriff Arpaio’s policy of upholding the law by targeting illegal aliens, who are responsible for one-third of the crimes against persons and property within his jurisdiction.
Sheriff Arpaio was adamant, however. Even when a federal judge ordered him to stop arresting criminals in 2011, he ignored the court order. The federal rhetoric was elevated in 2013, when the same federal judge claimed that Sheriff Arpio’s policies amounted to racial profiling. In effect, the liberal judge ordered Arpio to stop arresting anyone with brown skin, brown eyes, and black hair. Since Arpaio wasn’t elected by the federal courts, he continued to ignore the liberal bench. It was then that Arpaio was charged with “contempt.”
I suspect this was the first true federal allegation: Arpaio had nothing but contempt for liberal courts and judges with a political agenda. At this point, however, I should add that Joe Arpaio believed Barack Obama was not a lawful citizen of the United States and therefore not eligible to serve as President of the United States. He set into motion what I understand was a privately funded investigation that led to the collection of evidence that no one on the left wanted to see —especially not Eric Holder. The primary effect of this was that it placed a target on Arpaio’s back; you know, the politically motivated retribution thing.
In November 2016, Joe Arpaio lost his bid for a seventh term as Maricopa County Sheriff; his replacement, Democrat Paul Penzone, took down the prison tents and restored “rights” to convicted criminals. In July 2017, Arpaio was pronounced guilty of contempt by a federal judge. The sentence he might have received is six months in jail … which is ridiculous on its face. No American has the obligation to comply to bad policy or an unconstitutional law, and in the case of Sheriff Arpaio, he believed that his first obligation was to protect and serve the citizens of Maricopa County. If this meant arresting illegal aliens suspected of crimes, then that is what Arpaio should have been doing —and what he did do.
Thankfully Joe Arpaio received a pardon from President Donald J. Trump. Is this matter done with now? I think not; Joe has indicated that he intends to expose the leftist corruption that resulted in the allegations that he violated federal court orders. What happened to Joe Arpaio is the same thing experienced by journalist and film maker Dinesh D’Souza … gotcha politics.
For now, the day of inane leftist politics is over … but we must not smirk. It is only a matter of time before the political pendulum swings back in the other direction. Let’s recall that no matter which political party controls government policy, Americans deserve the government they elect.
 Soon after the shooting of Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, Dupnik attempted to lay the blame on right-wing extremists. The truth of the matter was that the shooter, Jared Lee Loughner, was a psychotic leftist. But this wasn’t Dupnik’s only claim to fame. In 2011, Pima County Sheriff Dupnik led a swat team to the home for former U. S. Marine Jose Guerena where he was shot twenty-two times. Guerena was guilty of no crimes whatsoever. Dupnik refused to allow paramedics to enter Guerena’s home for more than an hour. Pima County, Arizona eventually paid Guerena’s widow $3.4 million. Question: did anyone hear about this travesty on CNN?