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The front lines of the continuing Obama eligibility battle are being fought not in Washington, D.C., or before the U.S. Supreme Court, but in Maricopa County, Ariz.
What is shaping up is an epic political battle in which the Obama White House has decided to launch a full-scale assault against local Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
In other words, the national battle on both illegal immigration and on the Obama birth certificate is rapidly coming down to a local duel that can be properly billed much like a heavyweight prizefight, as “Obama v. Arpaio.”
Moreover, it appears the White House has set February as the month Arpaio has either to comply with the Department of Justice demands, or face Eric Holder in federal court.
This is not coincidental.
February is also the month in which Arpaio’s Cold Case Posse will release it’s law enforcement report on Obama’s birth certificate and his eligibility to be president under Article II, Section 1, of the Constitution.
A coordinated attack
What is additionally becoming clear is that the Obama administration, under the leadership of the DOJ civil rights division head, Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez, has decided to support an Arizona-based coalition of radical open-border activists led by professional “community organizer” Randy Parraz.
Last year, Parraz masterminded the campaign to defeat Russell Pearce, the long-time president of the Arizona State Senate who is credited as being the architect of Arizona’s tough immigration law, known as SB 1070.
Now, Parraz has announced his intention to remove Arpaio from office.
So, while the prizefight is “Obama v. Arpaio,” the pugilists opposing Sheriff Joe are two Hispanic activists with remarkably similar names, Perez and Parraz – two like-minded open-border enthusiasts on the political left who have entered the political fray in Arizona as Obama surrogates.
Consider the following evidence of coordination:
On Sunday, Dec. 5, 2011, Jacques Billeaud of the Associated Press re-published an old story about sex-crime cases in El Mirage, Ariz., that Arpaio’s office supposedly botched, reworking “news” that first appeared in 2008, in Arizona’s East Valley Tribune.
When asked why he chose to republish this old news, Billeaud explained he was “told to do so” by his editors.
The rehashed El Mirage story set the stage for Parraz and Perez to tag-team a plan designed to ignore Arpaio’s distinguished four-decade career in law enforcement by defaming him as an anti-Hispanic bigot.
Then, on Dec. 14, radical attorney/activist Randy Parraz appeared with about 100 members of his Citizens for a Better Arizona at a meeting of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors in an attempt to get his complaints against Arpaio placed on the agenda, all as part of a strategy to force the Board of Supervisors to vote to demand Arpaio’s resignation.
The next day, Dec. 15, 2011, U.S. Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez held a surprise national press conference first announced that morning to present a 22-page complaint charging the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office with systematic violations of the civil rights of Hispanics.
Now, the DOJ civil rights division has given Arpaio until February to comply with their as yet unspecified changes in Sheriff’s Office policy, or face the prospect of defending against a federal court lawsuit filed by DOJ.
Once again, on Jan. 11, 2011, Parraz and a group of 20 radicals appeared again at a Maricopa County Board of Supervisors meeting demanding that investigating the El Mirage sex-crime cases and the Department of Justice harassment complaint against Arpaio should be placed on the agenda.
White House worried
Perez and Parraz appear to be setting the stage for the White House to dismiss the Cold Case Posse’s law enforcement investigation into Obama’s birth certificate and eligibility as nothing more than Obama-hatred issued by an anti-Hispanic extremist they hope to oust from his position as Maricopa County sheriff.
Tactically, Perez and Parraz appear determined to make sure Arpaio is under a cloud of false accusations when the Cold Case Posse reports.
The problem Perez and Parraz face is that their radical politics define any legitimate law enforcement officer like Arpaio as a bigot simply because Arpaio takes the state and nation’s immigration laws seriously.
Also, to continue the current Obama eligibility cover-up, the White House has a history of defaming anyone who dares ask probing and still pertinent questions about who Barack Obama really is.
WND has documented Parraz’s leftist Saul Alinsky background here, here and here.
U.S. Assistant Attorney General Perez also has a history in radical open-border Hispanic politics.
La Raza even today retains its founding political agenda that major portions of the American Southwest should be returned to Mexico and/or allowed to form a mystical nation of indigenous Indians and Latinos, called “Atzlan.”
Truly, La Raza activists hold the extreme view that the United States should concede back to one form or another of Hispanic rule major portions of California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas (at a minimum), under the presumption that an Anglo-dominated United States that communists and the radical left in general view as a capitalist, imperialist nation with colonial ambitions.
Parraz includes on his list of recommended readings Marxist-influenced Brazilian educator Paulo Freire’s “Pedagogy of the Oppressed,” a 1960s book-length diatribe that mirrors the message delivered in another 1960s book-length Marxist-influenced revolutionary diatribe Obama tells us in his autobiography greatly influenced his critical intellectual development – Frantz Fanon’s “The Wretched of the Earth.”
“It is only when the oppressed find the oppressor out and become involved in the struggle for their liberation that they begin to believe in themselves,” Freire wrote, delivering a sentence Parraz perhaps thinks gives some sort of cosmic significance to the personal vengeance he has publicly declared against Arpaio.
But before Perez and Parraz celebrate the brilliance of their tactics in this current “oust Joe” political action, they ought to consider that unlike the former Arizona State Senate president, Arpaio will be running in a general election, not an unusual “recall” election in which Democrats could vote and both candidates were Republican.
What the White House appears to hate is that Arpaio is an elected law enforcement officer who remains enormously popular in Maricopa County, precisely because he has the courage to stand up to their Saul Alinsky bullying tactics.
Since the White House declared war on Arpaio, he has announced both his decision to seek re-election this November as Maricopa County sheriff and his willingness to take on the wildly partisan Obama DOJ in federal court.
The Obama v. Arpaio battle boils down to this: Will Perez and Parraz’s 1960s-styled theatrics be sufficient to win the day?
Currently, Perez and Parraz have the advantage that Arizona’s mainstream media are more than willing to report uncritically their attacks on Arpaio.
Phoenix-based television media follow around with handheld video cameras Parraz’s small army of open-border miscreants to report their antics to an unsuspecting Arizona public, repeating Parraz’s antics as if his accusations against Arpaio have foundation in anything more than his particular political preferences and personal delusions.
Perez may not be so lucky.
Soon Perez and the DOJ will have to produce hard evidence, including valid field research and statistically robust investigative reports, that validate allegations made by DOJ that accuse the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office under Arpaio’s direction with engaging in a policy of systematically harassing Hispanics so as to purposely deny them their civil rights under federal law.
So far, Perez has not been able to demonstrate that the Obama administration has anything on Arpaio other that isolated incidents and anecdotal evidence.
Meanwhile, Arpaio’s Cold Case Posse is quietly gathering evidence for what is likely to be a serious and professional law enforcement report on Obama’s birth certificate and eligibility that will be issued in February, regardless how many press conferences and political actions Perez and Parraz manage to concoct to drag Arpaio’s name through the mud in the court of public opinion.
“Liberation is thus a childbirth, and a painful one,” Freire admonishes in a radical revolutionary sentence that perhaps would be determinative in a world where leftist political theatrics rule.
In today’s Maricopa County, however, the ultimate arbiters of Arpaio’s future will be the citizens of Maricopa County who must in the final analysis decide if they are safer with or without Sheriff Joe and the federal courts that are sworn to uphold the laws of the land.
Similarly, the Cold Case Posse’s report on Obama’s birth certificate and eligibility will be judged by Americans on facts and evidence, regardless how much calumny Perez and Parraz and their media buddies attempt to heap upon Sheriff Joe.
In the final analysis, Arpaio remains a hero to millions of law-abiding citizens across America precisely because today he still retains the same respect for law that has served to distinguish him throughout his five-decades-long career in law enforcement.
Perez and Parraz would be well-advised to stop now their unfounded and childishly abusive campaign that ultimately only serves to diminish further their hero Barack Obama, a president who evidently even today has not yet himself advanced beyond the intentionally manipulative and disrespectful Saul Alinsky politics of his youth.
If it comes down to “Obama v. Arpaio,” Sheriff Joe will win twice-over, and with a rebuke of the Obama DOJ in the federal courts and then with a sizable re-election victory in November at the polls.