Media crowned “America’s Toughest
Sheriff” Joe Arpaio is under constant attack for his tough programs and
treatment of inmates housed at Maricopa County Jail in Arizona. However, the
message that he sends and money he saves has gotten “Sheriff Joe” re-elected
five consecutive terms. Activists march with signs of disapproval, while
victims sigh with relief and dance in victory –finally, true justice; Sheriff
Joe Arpaio has given victims justice, and the criminals what they deserve,
making him America’s Top Cop.
“Sheriff Joe” banned cigarettes, porn,
movies, and even makes inmates pay for their own meals; moreover, “America’s
Toughest Sheriff” put America’s toughest criminals in pink underwear and socks.
“Of equal success and notoriety are his chain gangs, which contribute thousands
of dollars of free labor to the community” (mcso.org, 2011); now that is debt
reduction at its finest. “He even stopped serving salt and pepper to save tax
payers $20,000 a year” (mcso.org, 2011); all American penal systems would be
wise to immolate “Sheriff Joe’s” tough programs and policies.
“It feels like we are in a furnace”,
said James Zanzot, an inmate who has lived in the tents [at Tent City] for 1 ½ years.
“It’s inhumane”. Joe Arpaio, the tough guy sheriff who created the tent city
and long ago started making his prisoners wear pink, and eat bologna sandwiches
is not one bit sympathetic…he told all of the inmates: “It’s 120 degrees in
Iraq and our soldiers are living in tents too, and they have to wear full
battle gear, but they didn’t commit any crimes…so shut your damned mouths”
(Truth or Fiction.com, 2011).
An Army Vet, Arpaio has a unique
perspective and approach. Why should prisoners be treated and housed better
than our military soldiers? They should not; furthermore, criminals should not
have more rights and better health care than their victims. And, just for those
out there who believe in “victimless” crime –there is no such thing. Victims
are tired of a coddling justice system that has revolving doors, simply because
jail is more ‘comfortable’ than the streets. The justice system “ought” to make
confinement so unbearable that offenders would rather ‘go straight’ than go to
Similarly, victims are tired of
being victimized twice; once by the offender, then again by the justice system.
Victims want more law enforcement officers and policies such as Sheriff Joe
Arpaio and his tough policies that make criminals think twice before offending.
Is it worth it? Is it worth living in a 120 degree tent, in pink underwear,
eating bologna sandwiches, limited television, and being chained next to
another inmate working for ‘The Man’ for free; in addition too, no coffee,
salt, pepper, porn, or rights whatsoever? In America, if you act like an un-socialized
animal, we will treat you like one! Recidivism would be no more if these ‘tough
love’ policies were implemented Nationwide; moreover, the money saved could
help fund much needed programs –a perfect economic stimulus and debt reform
package. We might even save Medicare and Medicaid, insuring that ‘grandma’ will
get her medication.
(2011, July 26). About Sheriff Joe. Mcso.com.
or Fiction. (2011, July 27). The Pink-Clad Prisoners of Sherriff Joe Arpaio in
for Illegal Immigrants
men are created Equal” in its totality has never held true in any country or
culture. As human beings, our sense of arrogance seems to be inborn; believing
that class, color, looks, money, or status makes one better than the other
(low-class, middle-class, high-class, and back, white, Mexican). While creation
makes us each totally different in many ways, none of us are better than the
other; if we eliminate class, color, money, and status from the equation we
are all simply people. With this in mind, coupled with the criteria for
judgment, I do not believe that illegal immigrants have rights to the same
entitlements as legal citizens. If we are indeed, equal, than we all must
adhere to the same sense of principles; no exception, as no one person deserves
considerations another cannot get.
While I do believe passionately in education, the privilege to drive, some entitlements, and social security, giving these privileges to people whom are here illegally is unethical using any criteria. Obligation, morality, and more importantly consequences dictate a need for the current policies, which protect country borders, not just here in the United States, but around the world. World history has proven a need for a country’s stringent laws concerning entering another country for any reason; 9/11 is a perfect example of the need for such concern. Unfortunately, not every human being considers another’s life, virtue, or property, as being their right, furthermore, some extremists believe it is their ethical duty to kill other nationalities shall they be given citizens rights and entitlements?
Ideally, if every person on earth
respected the rights and feelings of others, the need for borders, policies,
and laws, would be unnecessary. The fact remains that there are indeed evil
people in existence, and these laws and policies are not only
necessary, but also critical for the security of every country around the
world. While I continually pray for peace on earth, and the ability for man to
roam free, I believe that this will only happen upon the coming of the Lord.
The reason that I chose this inquiry
is because not only do I truly believe in protecting a country and its people,
but not everyone is good, that is pure fact; I do not want to let any more evil
into this country. We need to know who is entering. Everyone who has good
intentions is welcome as far as I am concerned, however, those that are not
peaceful cannot. As I read this inquiry, I put myself in the shoes of the
illegal immigrant, to think their way; would I try to go to another country
illegally? No, I would not. The only practical reason that I could find for
someone entering illegally was, that they could not enter legally for criminal
issues. Therefore, I could not connect good reasoning with the action.