So this evening our illustrious president (as it were) is slated to make trouble in downtown Phoenix. With his link-bait “will he/won’t he” pitch about pardoning the sleazy ex-Sheriff Joe Arpaio, he’s attracting lots of attention…and lots of very, very angry demonstrators.
Arpaio was one of the worst demagogues ever to hit this state. He pandered to the meanest emotions of people who feel fear of the Other, who resent having lost decently paying work, and who are convinced there’s an “illegal” on every corner watching to see when the locals leave their houses so as to break and enter.
Thousands of people are pouring into the downtown area — some are already starting to line up at 8 this morning. Businesses, law firms, government offices, and the courts are closing, and — get this! — the Post Office is removing the blue postal boxes between Jefferson and McDowell, 7th Avenue to 8th Street. That means they expect the unrest to spread up into the historic district north of the freeway!
Thank God I don’t live there anymore…
A bunch of geriatric Hell’s Angels is motoring into the downtown, too, proposing to help “keep the peace.” That oughta be good.
We have a shindig at the church this evening. It’s something I would like to go to, so had to make a decision:
rioting in the streets?
Actually, I did think the patriotic thing to do would be to show up downtown and express outrage at the Orange Buffoon’s behavior and his henchmen’s sabotage of the American way. But the logistics escape me.
There will be zero parking down there, plus one wouldn’t want to take a car into a war zone, anyway. If you did, the city is gouging people well over $2.00 an hour to park on the street. So really, the only way to get down to the Convention Center would be on the train or, if you could find one, a bus. The potential for unrest is very high. If violence breaks out, the train service would be stopped…and then how the hell are you going to get out of there? In hundred-degree heat…
I could easily walk from the Convention Center to McDowell if the weather were a little more moderate. But today is hot and humid, and I’m quite sure I’m not going to be up for hiking several miles north, then having to fight my way onto a bus, ride all the way up to Sunnyslope, and hike another three miles back to the house.
Plus of course…why even acknowledge the schlep with one’s presence?
And why play into his strategy? Transparently, his whole purpose in making this little junket, whose clearest purpose is to foment civil unrest to distract attention from his Russian troubles and the investigation into his and his pals’ money-laundering activities. Keep the proles amused with riots, Nazi salutes, and flag-waving and they’ll never even notice the criminal proceedings against him.
Images: By Evan Nesterak – White supremacists clash with police, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=61723994
By Anthony Crider – Charlottesville “Unite the Right” Rally, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=61769434