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.