Monday, February 1, 2010

People Hate it When Those in Public Office Actually Do Their Jobs

For those that have been living under a rock the past few years you may not have heard of Joe Arpaio.  He is the Sheriff of Maricopa County in Arizona and runs the famous (or is it infamous?) Tent City Prison, where inmates are required to wear pink underwear, socks and flip-flops, as well as black and white striped uniforms.  He was first elected into this position back in 1993 and has gained popularity, both good and bad, ever since because of his unconventional methods used in his prison, and other areas of law enforcement.

Along with the special clothes the inmates are required to wear, they are not allowed cigarettes, skin magazines, salt and pepper, movies, coffee, and some other items that some may consider to be luxuries.  Which is why he banned them from this prison.  He also makes the inmates work in chain-gangs.  Basically, he makes this prison as undesirable as possible without crossing the line of being in-humane.  Though some people would disagree with that assessment as would be evidenced by the many lawsuits that have been filed against him in recent years.

Apparently some people in this country believe that those that are required to live any period of time in prison should be able to do so in some relative comfort.  Some prisons not only have tvs in their common areas, but also have weight rooms.

Quite frankly the people of this country should just allow Sheriff Arpaio to do his job, which he does quite well.  His brand of discipline is what this country needs in order to prevent people from committing crimes that would land them in prison.  One could argue that he puts the fear of God in his community.

And yet, recently it has been reported that someone has posted a map to his home on the internet (of course I am not going to link to it here).  So not only will be people be able to ridicule him at his place of work, but now they can do it at his home.  They are able to harass him for doing the very job he was elected to do because people disagree with how he goes about it.

Really, would you want someone to come to your home to give you grief about how you do your job?  There is a time and place, people.  A man's home is not it.  There are places and forums to voice your opinion (hey looky here). 

Honestly, I hope he stays in office for as long as he can continue to be a benefit to his profession, and whomever is elected after him takes up his banner and runs with it.

"Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established.  Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil." - Proverbs 4:26-27

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