The Arpaio Pardon Reeks Of Politics

A few days ago my blog partner Shawn Mitchell posted that Trump’s Arpaio pardon was the right call. He presented a reasoned argument in favor of that.

Let me counter that with something visceral – I think it reeks.

Joe Arpaio being found guilty of evading the court order of a judge is a long the same lines as convicting Al Capone of tax evasion. We know he did much worse but it could not be proven in a court of law – so they nailed him on what they could. Arpaio’s reputation in Arizona is not a good one – and that is true among Republicans and conservatives as well as Democrats and Leftist. One can reasonably argue that the allegations against Arpaio are unproven and that would be accurate – to the same extent that the allegations against Capone were unproven.

I am not accusing Joe Arpaio of being a Mafioso and killing people and extortion and all of what Capone undoubtedly did – but the analogy holds that they convicted him of what they could rather than all he did. Arpaio has the reputation of flouting the law for political gain. That accusation is consistent regardless of party or ideology or race. This amounts to more than just a ‘where there is smoke there is fire’ argument. These allegations are overwhelming, they come from across the political spectrum and one would have to conclude that if they have no merit then congressman, senators, mayors, judges, lawyers and everyday citizens are all corrupt and conspired to sully the reputation of Arpaio. We all have confidence that if you were going to find a group of corrupt people it would most likely be within the ranks of congressman, senators, mayors, judges, and lawyers – but when people who agree on nothing else all agree Arpaio is corrupt we should all sit up and take notice.

We are left with the only logical choice being that either Arpaio is corrupt as hell or all of these other people are corrupt as hell in accusing him of being corrupt.

I will not argue that some of those accusers are not corrupt, I will not even argue that those accusers are not corrupt to a man but what are the odds in the face of evidence which falls just short of that required to convict that Arpaio is not corrupt? I would say nil.

Trump pardoning Arpaio stinks of politics – not justice.

Quote Of The Day

Quote of the Day: “Add a little fragmentation, virtue-signaling, demands for ideological conformity and voila, you get a deeply fragmented and deranged populace that is incapable of recognizing the dire straits it is in or recognizing the structural sources of its impoverishment and powerlessness.” – Charles Hugh Smith

Unwinding

Sharing a newspaper column I wrote two years ago because it is still apropos

Unwinding

By Keith Nobles

Throwing something up into the air, no matter how hard and far you threw it, does not mean you have defeated gravity. These folks who support the continued distortion of the markets make an argument that is akin to “See, it has not hit the ground again so I have defeated gravity!”

Distorted markets always unwind. Unless people believe, and to be very fair most leftist do believe, that human nature and economics has changed in the most fundamental of ways it will be true again. In my opinion, the problem here is that most leftist do believe that they have used legislation and regulation and popular media to fundamentally change human nature. At the end of the day that will prove delusional. I suspect the price we pay for that delusion will be extreme.

There are many people out in the universe at the moment that happen to believe that if they use enough power and force to distort a market that it will never unwind. They also typically coincide with the people who believe that human nature can be changed via regulation, legislation and popular media.

This is not the first time that people have come to believe that they have changed human nature. Changing human nature is the basis of Marxism and all Marxist believe Marxism changes human nature. Fascism is based in the belief that it can change human nature. This is not uncommon in history; the absolute abject failure in believing that you can change human nature is also not uncommon in history.

In fact, believing you can change human nature has never once succeeded no matter how much force you use.

The pattern is common, they come to believe that they can solve the problems in the world by changing human nature. That belief is inevitably acted upon by using all of the power they can amass in order to compel people to change. What will follow will often be people changing their behavior because they fear the consequences represented by the force compelling them to do so. However forcing people to change their behavior in the face of dire consequences is not the same as changing human nature.

That is the rub in this belief system. You cannot use force to change human nature, you can use force to change human behavior. Ever more force is required in order to maintain that ‘change’ in human behavior. ‘Ever more force’ has a logical end and when that logical end is reached the logical end of the ‘change’ is also reached.

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