I’m trying to avoid politics in my blogs because we have plenty of people blogging who thrive on that sunject. But, I felt a comment was necessary concerning the following.
I just read Yvonne Winget’s blog reporting that "Anti-Arapio activists will stage a week-long fast to bring attention to what they believe are his office’s ‘abuses of power and discrimination.’ " The fast will be in conjunction with a celebration of the life of Cesar Chavez, the late civil rights activist. The shindig starts March 29, one day before my birthday, but I doubt if I will get an invitation.
I just reviewed 60 of the current 80 comments to Yvonne’s blog and 55 of them back Sheriff Arpaio. Many of the commenters laughed and said "Let ‘em starve" while others told them to "Go back to Mexico." I wouldn’t want to be near the protests in downtown Phoenix on 3-29 as there could be some violence. It might also be a good opportunity for the sheriff to make a good haul of illegals instead of the few he has picked up on his raids.
It all seems silly as the protestors are the most uninformed group to come down the pike. If they are backing illegality, what is their complaint? Illegals shouldn’t be here in the first place. Also, they are celebrating Cesar Chavez who did so much for LEGAL migrant farm workers. Chavez was a third generation American and Navy veteran who was against illegal immigration and was known to turn in known illegals to the border patrol. I guess the leaders of the protest and fast didn’t bother to check that out. If Cesar was alive, he would be helping the sheriff root the illegals out of their holes.
Another comment I love is when the protestors refer to those who oppose illegal immigration as "racists." They don’t even know the difference between "race" and "nationality." Mexican and Hispanic are nationalities, not races, so how is the sheriff a racist? Plus, he doesn’t make the laws, he enforces them. They are complaining about the wrong guy.
The Russin comedian Yakov Smirnoff used to rave in his standup routine about how great the U.S. is. His favorite line was "What a country!" What a country, indeed. It’s one of the few places where criminals can openly protest the law. Try doing that in Mexico City.