Joe Arpaio former sheriff of Maricopa County in Arizona has tossed his hat into the ring as a candidate for the Senate – a man who reveled in racism and ironically in a county named after the Maricopa, or Piipaash tribe indigenous to the area.
Inspite of “political correctness” accompanied by a billing and cooing about quantum leaps forward in embracing diversity and racial equality that has been far from the truth, more of a rhetorical dose of pablum as can be seen in the gerrymandering of districts and numerous pieces of legislation.
Arpaio and Trump’s emboldened administration are representative of this – am I surprised? Not in the least, nor should anyone else be in my opinion.
This is a nation founded on slavery, indentured servitude, a racist concept of privilege and superiority, and even genocidal policies directed at the original inhabitants – a nation that if it didn’t wholeheartedly embrace eugenics had a flirtatious affair with it.
A nation claiming a divinely inspired manifest destiny and westward the wagons – there is an adage that history repeats itself, a history whose roots are exposed from Standing Rock to Arpaio, from Bears Ears to every ghetto and reservation in this country and “good people on both sides”.
Surprised? No, as nations we know theater, lies, and a charade when we see it and fully understand the “dream” has never been inclusive.
“Giants” of industry like Henry Ford was a racist, celebrated literary figures like L. Frank Baum an author of childrens books called for the extermination of indigenous people, “Honest Abe” signed off on the mass execution by hanging of two hundred indigenous men reducing it down to thirty eight following a global outcry, and while I haven’t an argument with pro choice that doesn’t translate to forced or uninformed sterilizations – all culminating in a racist president and his minions.
I find it amusing that anyone believes you can actually legislate morality or the changing of a heart and liken it to something of a Daddy Warbucks syndrome of belief that government has something for everyone – some rich benevolent all knowing omnipotent Uncle Sam whose going to solve all the problems and make everything right.
“Patriotism” isn’t about waving the flag, it’s about asking the hard questions, holding politicians across the board to the strictest of accountability regardless of party affiliation and demanding that public service be something other than a perk laden career choice or vehicle to commit crimes against humanity.
Arpaio, David Duke, and others of the same ilk have cause to celebrate as this administration does everything in it’s power to harken back to the “good ol’ days” of rapacious Barons and manifest destiny as evangelicals celebrate and cavort like drunken Dionysian Satyrs of word and thought police “slain in the spirit” of racism and mysogyny celebrating the institutionalization of everything that is wrong.
A linchpin of Manifest Destiny was the belief that conquest was essential to the spread of Democracy – I submit that what remains of democracy are the superficial trappings and little else and that the “chosen people” have no one to blame but themselves as they get steamrolled by the current conservative doctrine of manifest destiny.
There is zero balance in this country, this government – politicians and dysfunctional parties don’t seek compromise and the common welfare, for them it’s a gang mentality and turf wars.
It’s either about a giant giveaway or a giant takeaway and people really need to ask themselves what exactly is the role of government?
The role of government in my opinion can be summed up by two duties, one being the common welfare and the other being the common defense – people can add, subtract, multiple, or divide that in any way they choose but in a nutshell that’s what it comes down to and the rest of it amounts to a load of bullshit.
Kind of a long read in the below linked article, a few years old but nothings changed and an eyeopener about the real “state of the Union”.