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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Polizeistaat Arizona

Will Grigg, with his usual literary brilliance, has just published another article describing the latest stomach-turning events in the metastasis of the Amerikan Polizeistaat. This refers of course to Arizona's enacting into law the state's odious Immigration Reform Bill, a sickening, but absolutely unsurprising development, one fully anticipated by us lonely liberty lovers. Governor Jan Brewer (the separated Siamese twin of former governor and current DHS Head Thug Janet Napolitano, despite their contrived partisan political differences), a typical politician affected with the hubris, ignorance, and ADHD that precludes her from actually reading a bill's contents or taking time out to think about both its short-term and long-term unintended consequences, has a habit of putting pen to paper and signing anything from the legislature that comes across her desk. While such imbecilic indolence benefited us a few weeks ago with the signing of the Concealed Carry Reform Bill, her signing of the current Immigration Bill is going to spell the end of her political career as the political, legal, and economic fallout from this monstrosity spreads like plutonium dust over an already barren landscape.

As I've stated before both here and elsewhere, Arizona is one of the reddest of the Red Fascist states, and nowhere is this fact more evident than in Maricopa (or, as I've come to call it, "Maricona") County, the state's most populous, which is under the iron "law enforcement" thumb of the notorious "America's Toughest Sheriff", whose name I need not mention in polite company, and the "legal" thumb of said sheriff's corrupt, constitution-shredding stooge, state's attorney Andrew Thomas. But the crimes of these two reprobates are of little concern to the geriatric gringo bigots who constitute the politically powerful majority in the county, and to whom the likes of the state's political hacks like John McInsane pander. As far as these people are concerned, "brown people" exist only to mow retired white people's lawns, repair and clean their houses, tend their gardens, and cook their fast food, and they had better damned well remain unseen and unheard while they do so. Brown people are, in the typical "snowbird's" view, tools to be used, not human beings with rights, property, aspirations, and dignity. (By the way, did I mention the minimum wage travesty that makes these “brown people” so ubiquitous in these jobs once held mostly by native-born teenagers?)

Additionally, there is among the state's uneducated, unskilled, un/underemployed, substance-addicted (Arizona could easily earn the moniker "Substance Abuse Capitol of the American Southwest") white majority the entrenched assumption that “brown people” are “stealing” both jobs and “public services.” The sad fact is that even a cursory survey of the economic landscape here with one's own eyes and ears reveals that it is the “brown people”, both legal native-born residents and illegals, who are to thank for what little service economy there is left here that still functions. It is the “brown people” who are doing jobs that the “white redneck” majority will not do, either because the illegal and unconstitutional unemployment and social service benefits that they complain about when “brown people” draw them but that they freely draw themselves are too generous compared to the “low” wages offered at prevailing rates, the jobs are “beneath them” (i.e., they actually have to WORK for the pay they earn and do things that actually satisfy customers – and stay sober while doing them), and that, last but not least, “brown people” are demonstrating the work ethic for which America was once famous, but which has now all but disappeared in most sectors of what little is left of the economy as the entitlement mentality has thoroughly corrupted all segments of society. (My own personal experience in this state has been that “brown people” in the building and repair trades, in particular, are courteous, prompt, hardworking, meticulous, reasonably priced, and provide lasting value for the money spent. My experiences with “Native” [i.e., “white” native] businesses in the same sectors, on the other hand, have been characterized mostly by slovenly, overpriced, indifferent, and attitudinous “service” in which I was made to feel that they were DOING ME A FAVOR by providing me with goods or services for which I was parting with my hard-earned money). This, I feel, is the crux of the matter: immigrants from “El Sur” create much-needed competition in certain “protected” monopolistic sectors of the economy that put the majority on notice that the status quo is no longer business as usual. This, in turn, threatens certain well-connected and well-patronized political interests., a disruption that of course cannot be tolerated. Hence the passage of a very destructive law that will drain what little liberty or market economy remains in this state while protecting the entrenched fascist corporate-state interests that reign from Phoenix.

So what is most ironic about this travesty of a law that is putting the finishing touches on the Southwest's model Prison-Industrial-Police State? The fact that the law elevates the enforcement of a federal immigration policy that the federal government itself shows only tepid interest, at best, in enforcing, and only then when it is politically expedient to do so. Remember here that Arizona is one of a handful of western states that has been flipping the proverbial bird to the feds on a number of recent issues, the just-passed Concealed Carry Reform Bill and RealID Non-Cooperation resolution being only two examples, in order to flex its flabby “sovereignty” muscles. Whatever local motivations the state's ruling classes have for wanting to turn the state into a fascist fortress, using federal law as a justification does nothing more than undermine its “state sovereignty” rhetoric (or perhaps that's really the point?). Will mentions the “good of second intent” in his article, a concept that is, sadly, quite alien to Arizona's majority. I now find myself among those wondering just what good a “state's rights” movement yields if the “rights” that the several individual states exercise include the “right” to rule their residents with a tyranny mirroring that of the federal Leviathan, if on a somewhat smaller scale.

All of the above said, the saddest aspect of this sorry mess is that Arizona is a state of unrivaled natural beauty and climate (even in Summer!), one that could easily attract and retain hard-working, innovative, industrious residents dedicated to building a better society through respect for liberty and free markets. Tragically, this is almost certainly not to be. The welfare-warfare mentality, with all of its toxic side effects, has gripped the residents of the Grand Canyon State --whether they are middle-class retirees at death's door, blue-collar whites, Native Americans, or multi-generational Mexican-Americans alienated and dispossessed by the “global economy”-- like it has few others. The result has been an atmosphere hostile to commerce, innovation, liberty, property rights, and stable communities with viable futures, along with the inevitable economic stagnation, political corruption, social fragmentation, and fiscal collapse. For this reason I see me and my family leaving this state within two years and returning to the East Coast. I do not undertake this decision lightly, as I invested everything in creating a new life here for my family and myself. However, the Northern Sonoran Desert appears to be a place where the seeds of liberty and prosperity will simply not take root and flourish, no matter how much one waters and tends them.

God help the Grand Canyon State, and the rest of Amerika.

(Sorry for the long-winded speech. I'm getting off my soapbox now).

6 Comments:

Blogger MoT said...

Well said. It's sad but true that if the Feds, and States by extension, did not dole out money and goodies, that the hand out seekers from within or without this country wouldn't bother making the trip. No need to pass draconian "laws" that only further tighten the thumb screws on the innocent.

7:20 PM, April 27, 2010  
Blogger liberranter said...

I really hope I didn't sound too long-winded or sanctimonious in this post. I just cannot adequately express the combination of anger, fear, and disappointment I feel in the State of Arizona right now. This is a state that needs all the help it can get, on so many fronts right now, and this abomination of a law will only accelerate its decline.

I've talked to other longtime residents lately who share my frustrations and feelings of hopelessness, some of whom, though not natives, have lived here since they were young children. Many of them are in the process of leaving. They have seen their jobs evaporate in the last couple of years as the state crowds out private-sector investment in favor of subsidies for the military-industrial and prison-industrial complex operations that are metastasizing like cancer on what little is left of this state's economy. "Environmental regulations" have all but destroyed the State's once-booming cattle and copper industries. The state's abominable public school system (third worst in the nation for many years running, behind only those of Hawaii and Mississippi) that cranks out generation after generation of functional illiterates guarantees that major private-sector employers will pass the state by without a second look. (Don't even get me started on the simi-morons who are employed by the county, city, and state governments!). Petty economic regulations, laws, taxes, Byzantine incorporation laws, and red tape paralyze entrepreneurial efforts, unless one is willing to waste his or her precious capital greasing bureaucratic palms in Tucson or Phoenix - or go underground.

Of course tax-sucking "defense contractors" and "private prisons" get a free ride in Arizona and find a ready-made pool of desperate semi-skilled and unskilled labor at bargain-basement wages with no benefits(refer back to my comment on Arizona public schools). Even this, however, is pure chimera. Defense contractor Raytheon, a major "employer" in Tucson, just laid off 225 "employees" and is getting ready to lay off another thousand, despite being awarded a multi-billion boondoggle "space defense" contract that allegedly would bring several thousand new "jobs" to the area. Imagine what ambitious and talented people (many of them from El Sur) could do with even a fraction of the money now wasted on such state-sponsored fluff, unencumbered by burdensome taxation and regulations favoring state-protected "industry!" Yes, just imagine, because the way things are currently deteriorating, it will only ever be a fantasy.

Bottom line: The few productive, wealth-generating people left in this state are going to start "Going Galt" (to paraphrase Ayn Rand) very shortly. This could either take the form of them leaving the state outright (for God only knows where that would be any better), or simply ceasing to be productive and letting the state's parasite class scavenge for a new host off of which to feed.

I cannot tell you the number of times that I of late have considered simply walking away from it all, hopping a Union Pacific freight car, and living the life of a nomad, a hand-to-mouth existence. This if for no other reason than to provide one less host for the parasitic system that is destroying me and my fellow citizens like slow-acting poison. The only things stopping me so far are 1) responsibility that I have for providing for my family, and 2) the hope, however vague, that I can still reach out and have an impact on those who live around me and who are ignorant of the fact that there are better options and answers.

Anyway, I'm going to sit back and watch, though I'm doing my best to "buckle in." It's gonna be a VERY bumpy and unpleasant ride any way I look at it.

7:55 PM, April 27, 2010  
Blogger Dylboz said...

At least our sheriff, Clarence Dupnik, has pledged to ignore this piece of crap. The culture of the Pima County Sheriff's department and the attitude of its deputies is superior to that of all other AZ LEO's I've had the dubious pleasure of dealing with. I live at the western edge of Tucson, technically in its limits, but feet away from the county (ironically, very close to the police academy), so I have had occasion to interact with them, and they are miles ahead of TPD in their "customer service" skills. I cannot imagine what dealing with a Maricopa County deputy is like. But if that paper stealing kid is any representative, I wouldn't enjoy it.

5:24 PM, April 28, 2010  
Blogger liberranter said...

Dylboz:

Thanks for dropping by, neighbor (literally: it sounds like you and I live in the same area of Tucson)!

I'm elated to hear that our county sheriff is not jumping on the bandwagon, a move that raises his stature in my eyes considerably (if you've read other parts of my blog, you're probably aware of my feelings toward today's "sworn officers of the law" as a group).

I must say that I haven't had any real exposure to the PCSO, although they're the ones who are responsible for the unincorporated part of Tucson in which I live. I will say one other thing in Sheriff Dupnik's favor that is beyond dispute, even had I not known of his pledge to ignore this new travesty of a law: he is not Joke Arpiggo, a fact that many power-worshipers in this state would consider a fault, but which Mr. Dupnik should wear as a badge of honor.

As for the "Maricona Mafia", as I call them, I've been fortunate to date not to have had any run-ins with them, nor, thank God, any reason to "solicit their services" on my many trips to the Phoenix area. Just from casual observation of the MCSO deputies from a distance, however, every one of them I have observed on patrol or in routine traffic stops carries themselves with the arrogance and attitude of their boss. Maybe Joke interviews all applicants for deputy personally and weeds out those aren't carbon copies of himself.

Thanks, again, for telling me about Sheriff Dupnik. I might just have to write him in support!

Do drop by the blog again!

6:14 PM, April 28, 2010  
Blogger Doc Ellis said...

no need to post

Hi Liberranter,

I exerpted this essay with attribution to BikerorNot.com and will tweet this to FaceBook, MySpace, and LinkedIn right after I send you this note.

Thank you for writing this

Doc Ellis 124

no need to post

4:59 PM, April 29, 2010  
Blogger liberranter said...

My pleasure, Doc. I just hope others find it coherent enough to benefit from!

6:38 PM, April 29, 2010  

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