Let me introduce you to one Maximilien François Marie Isidore de Robespierre.
Many no doubt are familiar with the story of this despicable personage...but for those of you who do not know who Robespierre was, the long and the short of it is, he is the man who sent tens of thousands of his countrymen for a final appointment with Madame la Guillotine in what has come to be called the "reign of terror" in the aftermath of the French Revolution.
After the fall of the monarchy, France faced more food riots, large popular insurrections and accusations of treasonous acts by those previously considered patriots. A stable government was needed to quell the chaos. On 11 March, a Revolutionary Tribunal was established in Paris. On 6 April, the nine-member Committee of Public Safety replaced the larger Committee of General Defense. On 27 July 1793, the Convention elected Robespierre to the Committee, although he had not sought the position. The Committee of General Security began to manage the country's internal police.
Though nominally all members of the committee were equal, Robespierre has often been regarded as the dominant force and, as such, the de facto dictator of the country. He is also seen as the driving force behind the Reign of Terror
A simple declaration that a person was an enemy of the revolution from Monsieur Robespierre was oft all that was required to have one's head removed from his shoulders by way of "The National Razor"
Robespierre is the very definition of what unchecked and unaccountable raw POWER can produce. Answerable to no one, political enemies were slaughtered by the wagon load until finally, this rogue of rouges had his own head removed as an enemy of the republic when his countrymen finally had enough of his arrogance and hubris.
Perhaps, but the irony of ending up with his neck sliced through by the very same instrument of his absolute power is inescapable.
Fast forward some 216 years across the pond and we find ourselves confronted by a modern day Robespierre in our nation's capital. The instrument of terror and power have changed but the reign of terror being wrought upon this nation is no less terrifying even if it is thus far less bloody. How ever you slice it...the tactics remain the same.
So, what are you talking about Ace?
A federal investigation of a controversial Arizona sheriff known for tough immigration enforcement has intensified in recent days, escalating the conflict between the Obama administration and officials in the border state.
Justice Department officials in Washington have issued a rare threat to sue Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio if he does not cooperate with their investigation of whether he discriminates against Hispanics. The civil rights inquiry is one of two that target the man who calls himself "America's toughest sheriff." A federal grand jury in Phoenix is examining whether Arpaio has used his power to investigate and intimidate political opponents and whether his office misappropriated government money, sources said.
The standoff comes just weeks after the Justice Department sued Arizona and Gov. Jan Brewer (R) because of the state's new immigration law, heightening tensions over the issue ahead of November's midterm elections. The renewed debate has focused attention on Arpaio, a former D.C. police officer who runs a 3,800-employee department, and a state at the epicenter of the controversy over the nation's estimated 12 million illegal immigrants.
Keep in mind, this is the Washington Post which is the propaganda arm of today's version of Revolutionary France's Committee of Public Safety but it's worth the read even if the story is simply a steno-graphed version of DOJ talking points.
Bottom line is this...move the whole story forward 216 years. Instead of the accusation of being an "enemy of the revolution" now it is the only necessary to accuse a local law enforcement official of "civil rights violations" to bring today's version of the "Committee of Public Safety" sniffing around in search of anything that can be found to justify the destruction and political death of Sheriff Arpaio. No use declaring your innocence...you are guilty until the committee decides whether you are guilty or not just before it sentences you to it's pre determined penance
So, Secretary Holder....Today's version of Monsieur Robespierre has his committee, in the form of DOJ Lawyers who will go down to Maricopa County and comb over every single arrest report of every single Latino that has been arrested, questioned, or convicted of any offense since the good Sheriff has been in office in order to trump up as many cases of civil "alleged" rights violations as possible.
The civil rights division's investigation began in March 2009 and focuses on whether Arpaio's department engaged in "discriminatory police practices and unconstitutional searches and seizures," along with allegations that his jail discriminated against Hispanic inmates, according to letters the division sent to Arpaio. A complaint to the Justice Department said that even bilingual jail guards are required to speak to inmates only in English and that the rule could endanger prisoners' medical care. The jail was also accused of forcing Hispanic visitors to fill out a "citizenship check" form, the letters said.
Add to this simultaneous DOJ investigations as to whether Arpaio ordered investigations of political opponents, (pot calling the kettle black?) and yet more federal investigations as to whether The Sheriff has misappropriated federal funds and it seems pretty clear to a casual observer that there is an all out push by the most powerful law enforcement official in the land who serves at the discretion of the President of the United States to destroy a man elected to his office over an over again and has become a symbol of law and order for millions across this country.
So...with all that said...I'll make a prediction...it's not really a prediction because the handwriting is on the wall. It's simple common sense really...
The DOJ will have it's investigations....it will obtain it's court order to obtain records and the fishing expedition will commence. There is about to be a virtual army that will descend on Maricopa County...and they will dig and dig until they have destroyed Sheriff Joe. Our laws have become so far reaching that I don't care how honest you are...no matter how diligent you try to be in complying with every jot and tittle of the law today...if a prosecutor is determined to take you down....down you will go because no one can keep up.
The long arm of the DOJ will get their man. Even if they don't, they'll tar and smear him while simultaneously costing the county so much money complying with their witch hunt that the voters will throw the Sheriff under the bus just to get Holder off their backs...
Meanwhile...who is watching the watchers? Who is holding the Obama Justice Department accountable. Who is out there to make sure Mr Holder is not abusing HIS power?
[que crickets chirping]