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The Cult of Personality Politic and the Nature of Recall Elections for Sheriffs

It’s too bad we have to keep coming back to the same place, the same obsession. Instead of every four years, the ability to recall elected officials thrusts status quo politics into the limelight with a greater, depressing frequency. I notice people wondering why the proponents of a recall election for sheriff reject their critics outright. Well, defending the status quo and pushing it necessitates blind obedience. This sort of adherence leads to simplistic arguments, appeals to emotion with a required lack of logic. It isn’t enough to state that the time spent trying to recall a popular sheriff in his 80’s is a waste of time, attempt to point out that a replacement would only be different in name is meant with a lack of understanding. It’s this inability to understand that unmasks the poverty in anti-sheriff Joe political organizing. The question has to be asked, what is it that those who push these failed initiatives want? Is
it a selfless nature to dismantle an oppressive, violent system? No, it is a desire to be savior, the one human who against all odds defeated Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

The replication of the cult of personality. The obsession with one man, Sheriff Joe, turned around and personified as the individual who will be victorious against him. How else could you explain the absolute dissonance of a recall election at this point in time? Unfortunately, acceptable methods of change in liberal democracy promotes this cult of personality, isn’t it interesting that the same people who criticize petty politics and character attacks are in fact strengthening that which they are against? Do you ever wonder why the initiatives that promote and strengthen politicians and the status quo are continually pushed? Is it not obvious that the self propped leaders of the opposition are just politicians with the same savior, leader complex common among the entire political class? If we are throwing blame around, you can put it directly on the people who are protecting themselves and their own selfish ambitions. The next Napoleon who intends to defeat the King of Sheriffs, Joe Arpaio. It’s worth noting that many people unfortunately get caught up in this mess. They push it because it’s the only thing happening, they push and defend it because nobody is actually challenging. There is no winning, only obsession. There is nothing other than an aggressive appeal to the status quo in hopes that “rational” thought will prevail.

As always, this rationality leads to the strengthening and preservation of the system of domination. In this case, for example, nobody is talking about shutting down tent city. The opposition, at least used to agree that the tents are an absolute abomination. An example
of the worst kind of racist brutality. And how sad is it, that those who are willing to compromise on brutality force their followers to do the same? Vote for Penzone, remember? The saviour who would defeat Arpaio and keep the tents open. What a joke, how could one not consider those who would compromise on brutality an enemy?

It would be like Martin Luther King, giving up the fight against segregation to recall George Wallace. In fact, after Wallace stated in his inaugural address that he intended to keep segregation forever, King a few months later said

I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of “interposition” and “nullification” — one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.”

Strangely enough, he didn’t have a dream to replace Wallace with another racist governor that wouldn’t be ‘as’ vicious. In fact, MLK didn’t have any interest in replacing one politician with another politician. In this case, his interest was in the struggle against the system of racial oppression in the south. A system that was solidly entrenched, just like the systems of racial and social oppression in modern day Phoenix AZ. I mean imagine for a moment, MLK encouraging his organization and friends to enter into southern politics in order to vote for someone a little less racist. What a joke.

I will repeat myself as I have before; we need to reject the political class, ambitious politicians and those willing to compromise with brutality. We must disband the cult of political personality.

Voting For Tent City And Hurricane Sandy, The Democrats Consist of Spineless Unprincipled Worms

Arizona Democrats voting for Tent City

Democrats nationally voting for climate silence

You are making everything worse

You should be ignored

Forever

*PUT HANDS UP TO EARS AND YELL LA-LA-LA*

Valley Anarchist Circle announces “Get Out the No Vote” campaign rally

From the event invite:

Sign the “Vote Nobody” direct action instead registration forms

Listen to and give your campaign speech promising to not vote for any politician

Apologize on our campaign stage for voting Obama in ’08

Bring signs and banners, find your favorite campaign sign and bring it

Debate the low information voters (all voters) who will be abound

GET OUT THE NO VOTE! FRIDAY NOV 2ND!

– valley anarchist circle
– ex-Obama voters of Phoenix Arizona
– beers not ballots
– romney voters for the revolution

When Penzone Wins

We will still have:

  • Mass Deportations
  • Institutionalized Racism
  • Consistent Attacks on Arizona Workers
  • Tent City
  • Consistent Attacks on the Arizona Education Curriculum
  • Arrests of Opponents
  • Intimidation of Opponents

When Penzone Loses

We will still have:

  • Mass Deportations
  • Institutionalized Racism
  • Consistent Attacks on Arizona Workers
  • Tent City
  • Consistent Attacks on the Arizona Education Curriculum
  • Arrests of Opponents
  • Intimidation of Opponents

Even worse, either way, we will still have the Arizona AFL-CIO/UNITE Front groups and Arizona MoveOn seriously believing they are on the right track.

The Campaign to Elect Penzone and Other Hopeful Indicators of the Coming Apocalypse

Hard At Work To Elect A New Sheriff

Hard At Work To Elect A New Sheriff

How much worse can Arizona get? Socially, politically and economically it feels much like we are living in a failed state. You hear people blame it on complacency, the heat, crazy people and other nonsense. Anyone who blames it on complacency is generally talking about themselves though, as the “crazy” people certainly are the least complacent ones. I guess it really doesn’t matter so much, if you are ignoring the problem, you are part of the problem. I mean come on, you are residing in an area that is currently producing the most thorough attack on the general freedom of a populace since who knows when. Not to mention in the context of a society that is already clamped down. If you don’t get that, then please, quickly exit stage right.

There is no real way to understate that the conditions in Phoenix and Arizona as a whole are horrendous for a massive segment of the population. People everywhere are ready to rise against and confront the horrid state of affairs that impact much of our city. The middle ground is even difficult to find, even the complacent and privelged have no interest in compromising with reactionary policies and people. People are ready to call it what it is, a situation worse than what anyone has witnessed for decades, backed by a massive police state.

This Thursday in Downtown Phoenix self described leaders of Arizona are distributing awards to each other for a job well done. Even the famed pro-immigrant crusader Steve Gallardo will be recieving an award from the famed anti-immigrant crusader Steve Pierce! What a way to celebrate the conditions imposed on the people of Arizona with a display of true bi-partisanship. And it is within these conditions that the consistently succesful, always well meaning and cunningly strategic Democratic Party with support of the withered Phoenix establishment left asks us to vote and at that vote for Paul Penzone.

Wow! They really came up with a good idea this time. Not only did they select a candidate that wants to keep the vast majority of the worst of Arpaios policies in place. But a candidate much younger which essentially ensures that his policies will live on for decades longer. You might ask why I am picking on the Democratic party and whats left of the “opposition” in Arizona.

As soon as people realize the Democrats and left have failed, the faster we can leave them behind and create something new.

People are still hanging on to a false hope that somehow the myriad of laws, restriction and regulations can be changed by voting and working  within the system.

And when I say leave them behind I really mean it! A politician has one main interest, keeping their job. Established movement leaders have one interest, keeping their legitimacy. While all of this is happening Arizona keeps getting worse and worse, less people come to rallies and marches, people move out of the state or cross the border back home. People who want to fight are leaving because WE ARE LOSING!

What does it look like when we start making this state unable to function? when we decide that the consistent attack is not acceptable and it is our time to fight back? When we start asking people to take sides? When we politicize everything and start acting outrageous. What happens if we disrupt the flow of business everywhere, constantly, like they did in Quebec during the spring? The people in Arizona are ready for it, we can show the rest of the United States that in the worst of the worst, we can fight for the freedom that is given to us by nobody other than ourselves.

Remember though, they won’t let us do it. The status quo does not want us to win. That includes those who search for legitimacy. It includes sheriffs and police who will arrest and attack us.

Our enemy is not just Arpaio. To focus on him is indicative of a disease of which has a pathology that strengthens the system.

The enemy is any person who seeks to impose their authority on free people. We fight authority, we declare that we are free and that is the point at which we begin fighting.

-js