If it’s not one thing it’s another. Most people have accepted the fact that President Trump will never satisfy about half of the American people.
With few exceptions, the democrats, liberal progressive establishment, the media, entertainment industry has made it clear they unabashedly despise this president, and have no compunction to grant him any favor. And as such will look for any opportunity, to disparage, criticize, call for his impeachment, and in some extreme cases assassinate him.
On Friday, August 25, the president granted a pardon to ex-sheriff Joe Arpaio. It didn’t take long for the long knives to emerge and begin to cut away at this, which in their narrow minds, was an outrageous and unforgivable action. The first of the accusations was that the president waited for Friday, as the weekend approached and in the midst of an oncoming Hurricane in Texas, to announce the pardon and further mask what they deemed his deception.
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Although sheriff Arpaio’s tenure was not without controversy, there were a number of federal civil rights lawsuits dealing with accusations about his questionable and rather hardcore methods and tactics in law enforcement. He was outspoken and an unwavering crusader against illegal immigration. Among his most notable methods of dealing with the prisoner population, which was decried by liberals and the ACLU, was what became known as “Tent Cities”, an extension of the Maricopa County jail system. Prisoners were incarcerated in tents out in the Arizona heat and were fed baloney sandwiches. Harsh, you can decide for yourself.
Information has been made available that has revealed this last case against “America’s toughest sheriff” for racial profiling was nothing more than payback, an Obama justice department witch hunt. After 25 years of service, why after all that time was it decided to make this particular case against him. There is reason to believe that Joe Arpaio, along with Donald Trump, were among some that became known as “Birthers”, insisting that President Obama was in fact not a naturalized American citizen but was born in Kenya Africa, thus not eligible to hold office. There is little reason to doubt that this incensed and embittered the former president.
What Joe Arpaio’s detractors refuse to take into consideration is his history, and the true measure of the man. Joe Arpaio was born in 1932 in Springfield Massachusetts. His mother died in childbirth giving him life, and he was raised by his father. At the age of 18, he enlisted in the Army and served from 1950 to1954, and was stationed in France as an MP, Military Police.
After being honorably discharged from the service, he moved to Las Vegas and served as a police officer, before an appointment to the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, which eventually became the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). He spent 25 years at the DEA and advanced through the ranks to become the head of the Arizona branch. In 1993 he decided to run for office and was elected sheriff of Maricopa County Arizona and served until 2016, when he lost reelection and the rest is history.
This begs the question, why did then sheriff Joe Arpaio conduct his law enforcement policies in the manner he did, and then defy a court order to cease and desist? Most of the media’s response to this query is that Joe Arpaio’s profiling of Hispanics proves him to be a racist. But is there a possibility, as remote as it may seem to some that he did it for the safety and protection of the residents of Maricopa County, Arizona and America.
Whatever you may think of Joe Arpaio, a controversial figure with a tremendous history in law enforcement, what makes the presidents pardon so revealing is the reaction of democrats, the media, and some republicans who are incensed and beside themselves, reeking with self-righteous sanctimonious hypocrisy, especially when you consider pardons of past presidents that in some cases were far more questionable and controversial, and received little, if any, criticism.
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