Letter to the editor: Pardon of Sheriff Arpaio by Trump deserves applause

Rampell Trump may see himself in Joe Arpaio

Case is the author, most recently, of the novel "A Falling Knife". In that limited sense, there is nothing problematic about Trump's pardon. When asked about the pardon, Trump said of Arpaio that "He's done a great job for the people of Arizona, he's very strong on borders, very strong on illegal immigration, he is loved in Arizona".

The message of Trump's Arpaio pardon is not so easily summarized, but it's equally clear.

This would be a mistake. The Solicitor General's task becomes even more intractable as a result of this presidential action. I realize that it is correct and proper usage, but that does not change the fact that striking terror in the hearts of others denotes power.

Arpaio, who is 85, was convicted of disobeying a 2011 federal court order to halt traffic patrols that targeted immigrants. Instead, he represents the pernicious and divisive racism of this moment, embedded in criminal law and aimed at immigrants and minorities. A definition of patriotism that covers using internment camps in extreme heat, parading women and juvenile offenders for the cameras in chain gangs, and degrading inmates in creative acts of bullying.

Successive pardons by President Trump to defeat the power of the courts to enforce judicial orders is not hard to imagine at all-it seems highly possible, perhaps even likely.

For those with short memories, Rich was indicted in the United States on federal charges of tax evasion and making controversial oil deals with Iran during the Iran hostage crisis. Was White House Counsel Donald McGahn - a reputed libertarian - involved in this permission for swaggering government oppression? Why not? It's how I play pool. He was supposed to be sentenced later this year - that was, until Trump pardoned him.

Americans have been comforted believing the people we send to Harrisburg and Washington have our backs.

What Caruso might learn from Ragland's column is that sometimes, when enough is enough, you have to just stand up (or kneel down as the case may be) to say so - without sugarcoating it. A few voices - including both Arizona senators and House Speaker Paul Ryan - were critical of the pardon. The ruling said officials "were motivated by racial animus" and politics, despite pieties about unity.

State and local cooperation can be helpful in enforcing federal law, but when it comes to immigration, federal law usually preempts state law. These do not fall under the reach of the president's pardon.

Arpaio has a history of his own, one he will never be able to escape. It is a very rare thing, state and Christian tradition in sync. That above-the-law behavior finally earned a conviction last month for criminal contempt of court. Arpaio has been named repeatedly in legal proceedings for constitutional violations, which have cost Maricopa County taxpayers tens of millions of dollars. That's the easy part, which we can quickly dispose of. Snow is a conservative, and a deeply principled one. He had a desk blotter from the Romney Institute.

This creates a personal dilemma for many Republicans. If his case had been rigged or had any shady circumstances, the pardon would be justified. What you do then is up to you. But complacency is permission. Admittedly Pima County was more casual and progressive than Maricopa, and that was the 1980s, seemingly a lifetime ago. And gagging, in this case, is a sign of health.

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