Sheriff Joe Arpaio and I have a long
and interesting relationship that goes back to 1992 and his first run
for political office (Maricopa County Sheriff). While almost always
on opposite sides of many issues, I respect his ability to manipulate
the system and he respects my understanding that he is just a side
effect of that system rather than the source of it. It is this mutual
understanding that keeps our relationship,... 'friendly'. A good
example is a recent conversation to let Sheriff Joe know that we are
seeking to recruit a Libertarian candidate for Sheriff to help
educate the populace on the proper role of law enforcement and in
particular the power of the Sheriff's office to help defend the
people against the side effects of the coming “police state”. I
made it clear that this campaign really had no need or desire to make
it about him or his opponent and that we should just be seen as a
'public service announcement'.
Sheriff Joe and I know each other's
abilities to inflict damage and I have always focused my efforts on
the 'freeing of minds' and education about the truth of things on a
philosophical level. So I am rarely seen as an immediate threat. I
know that the ever expanding understanding of how things truly are is
foundational to any lasting change the people would support anyway so
the targeting of individuals is a waste of time in my opinion since
there is a long line of successors waiting to take their place.
I share these things with you so you
understand the decade and a half of interactions that Sheriff Joe and
My wife and I are returning to Phoenix
now as I write this from visiting friends out of state. My wife got a
voice mail from the tearful fiancée of John Stuart being held
in a County Jail under the control of Sheriff Arpaio. This call was
followed by several emails and phone calls to me wanting to make sure
that FreedomsPhoenix knew that they feared for Mr. Stuart's safety
while incarcerated due to factors that I have no way of confirming.
I called Sheriff Joe's office and left
a simple and short message asking him to please make an effort to
insure Mr. Stuart's safety. The Sheriff was kind enough to return my
call to let me know that Mr. Stuart had been moved into protective
custody and even put the man in charge of the jail that Mr. Stuart
was in on the phone with me. “Jack” confirmed that Mr. Stuart was
fine and that they had taken steps to make sure he was physically
My conversation with both Sheriff Joe
and the head jailer Jack was very pleasant and I relayed my
appreciation for their taking action so quickly for the peace of mind
of many. I also made it clear that I had no personal opinion on Mr.
Stuart's guilt or innocence but that FreedomsPhoenix simply wanted to
make certain that all of the facts were allowed to be examined by
anyone interested and that the entire process was open and fair.
Thank You Sheriff Joe.