Joe Arpaio, Sheriff of Maricopa County, AZ (Phoenix and surroundings) has been a prominent target in recent months of the Obama administration`s monkeywrenching of immigration enforcement. An example news story, from December 24, is here; VDARE.com writer/blogger Federale discusses "the campaign of lies" about Sheriff Joe here.
So, once again (as with a couple of times in 2009), I`m suggesting that VDARE.com readers from all over send Sheriff Arpaio postcards — specifically, picture postcards, displaying your part of the country — conveying your thanks and moral support.
Why postcards? They don`t require opening envelopes and, unlike emails, they force the writer to be brief, presumably a benefit since I`ve heard that Mr. Arpaio reads all his mail. Plus, postcards are something tangible and non-astroturf-y that — if he receives enough of them — the good sheriff can wave at reporters (also unlike emails).
I further urge that you [legibly!] sign your postcard with just your name, city, and state — omitting the street address makes it clear that you`re not expecting a reply, further reducing the burden associated with your gesture of goodwill. (Perhaps including your email address on the postcard is a good compromise, but I didn`t do so on mine.)
Here are the 49 words I squeezed into the message panel of a card whose picture side is an aerial view of the Yellowstone River flowing north from Yellowstone National Park through Montana`s Paradise Valley (one valley east from the Gallatin Valley, where I live) that I mailed on Wednesday, January 18, 2012:
Dear Sheriff Arpaio,
I`m sure I speak for legions of citizens across our country who are very grateful for your refusal to be intimidated by Obama`s criminal regime and by your continuing devotion to enforcement of the law against illegal aliens.
To your good health!
My closing line wishing the sheriff good health isn`t merely convivial bolierplate: According to his Wikipedia entry, Arpaio turns 80 this coming June 14.
Send your postcard to:
100 W. Washington
Phoenix, AZ 85003
Cost of a postcard stamp rises to 32 cents (up from 29 cents) on Monday, January 22. Jumbo postcards need the same postage as a letter, 45 cents after the increase (up from 44 cents).
It would be worthwhile to learn how many VDARE readers follow my suggestion here. Will it be half a dozen? 75? 550? So if you do send Sheriff Arpaio a card, you might then follow up with an email to me [PNBL48@hotmail.com] letting me know you`ve done so, perhaps including the gist of what you expressed in your message.