A recent newspaper article made me think of a rather old Mel Gibson movie. Mad Max was filmed long before the ranting and raving Gibson of today or at least he had better P.R. people back then. Mad Max depicted a post-apocalyptic world of lawless gangs battling for what was left of valuable resources. Most of the memorable parts of the movie involved extreme highway chases using pumped up cars, trucks and motorcycles. Of course it was a story about good versus evil.
Apparently there are portions of Arizona where this scenario may not be far from reality. Pinal County Arizona which is only 30 miles from Pheonix has become overun with Mexican drug cartels. Their local sheriff, Paul Babeu describes the situation;
“”Mexican drug cartels literally do control parts of Arizona. They literally have scouts on the high points in the mountains and in the hills, and they literally control movement. They have radios, they have optics, they have night-vision goggles as good as anything law enforcement has….This is going on here in Arizona. This is 70 to 80 miles from the border — 30 miles from the fifth-largest city in the United States.”
As you would expect, the sheriff has asked for help. Unfortunately he has asked the Obama Administration for the help in the form of 3,000 National Guardsmen to help deal with the lawlessness. Sheriff Babeu probably also expected the guardsmen to be armed. It seems that the joke was on the citizens of Arizona as the help was in the form of wood and not enough to build a border fence, but just enough to install 15 signs warning travelers of the dangers.
Surprisingly the signs are not rigged with white flags to call greater attention to our border surrender. The Obama Administration and his henchman in the Justice Department, Eric “Snidley Whiplash” Holder is far too busy suing another Arizona county sheriff, Joe Arpaio. It seems that our Justice Department (and it still is ours) has too many lawyers and not enough law enforcement agents. The placement of signs rather than kicking ass and taking names (for the toe tags) is not only lame, but perhaps a sign to our enemies of our will to do what is necessary to protect our citizens.
It is incomprehensible that the greatest country on Earth will not secure the borders for the safety of our citizens. Local citizens who try to protect themselves face prosecution by Obama’s minions in the Justice Department as they are doing with Sheriff Apaio. Kill an illegal alien in an act of self defense and some sleazy lawyer will sue you on behalf of his family and take your farm, take your savings, take everything. I have to wonder how much more it will take to get the attention of politicians. Even John McCain seems to get it…finally.
Obama doesn’t get it. George Bush didn’t get it. There are some politicians who thankfully get it and are working hard to fix it. Arizona was the first to pass an illegal immigration law and many other states are considering the same thing. The following is an advertisement by Arizona’s Governor Jan Brewer;
I have a great idea. Since Obama announced the withdrawal of combat troops from Iraq, we could have these battle-tested soldiers patrol our southern borders. We could give our returning warriors some time off in the Arizona sun and rotate them into patrols along the border. The rules of engagement would have to be simple…if you have a weapon and are not a citizen we will shoot you.
Imagine a Mad Max scene where the good guys are being overrun by drug cartels’ thugs only to have a Blackhawk helicopter swoop down. I don’t think the drug lords have those…yet.