[cue Sweet Polly Purebred singing "Oh where, oh where, has my Underdog gone?" :)) ]
On a regular basis (sometimes it seems to be on a daily basis) the news contains reports of various criminals making the trek to Arizona and seeking a temporary haven here.
The crimes committed by these thoroughly dangerous perpetrators include (but certainly aren't limited to):
Rx drug fraud
Leaving the scene of an accident
And the latest? Drug trafficking.
I know that as soon as they realize what is going on, the 'law-and-order' wing of the Republican Party will put their collective foot down and demand that the Governor deploy more National Guard troops to the border with Mexico to stem the tide of criminals crossing into our state.
...Except they realize that the criminals in question don't walk across the desert to get here.
Nope, these criminals fly in on private jets or hire chauffeured limos to reach their destination.
...Except they realize that the criminals in question don't have names like Rios, Rodriguez, and Gonzalez.
Nope, instead, these criminals have names like Campbell, Houston, Delaney, Limbaugh, Lawrence, Swayze, and Foley.
And the latest crook, the drug trafficker? He has a name like Ravenel.
Well, surely even though the criminals in question are American, those self-appointed defenders of Arizona's moral fiber like the Minutemen, the Republicans, and others, must be clamoring for the removal or even destruction of the haven that is attracting such a motley crew to our fair state, right?
Except that they realize that these criminals are wealthy, famous, and well-connected; not poor Mexicans looking for work.
The name of this haven for criminals and miscreants of all stripes?
Sierra Tucson, detox center for the famous, famously addicted, and for those who are looking to buy time in their fights against criminal charges (see: Foley, Mark, disgraced former Congressman) and can afford their $30K+ rates for 30 days.
The latest crook to seek a respite from his legal troubles (coke distribution indictment) in the bucolic foothills north of Tucson is Thomas Ravenel, former Treasurer of South Carolina and head of Rudy Giuliani's SC campaign.
...Actually, I don't have a problem when those with addiction or related problems seek treatment, but is a little consistency from the Republicans too much to ask for? I mean, one of the reasons that they give when they advocate kicking out illegal immigrants that are here looking for work is that they're 'criminals' (because they're here illegally).
Wouldn't it be reasonable and fair to call for deporting celebrities, many of whom have done something illegal, who are here looking to dry out? If only to avoid the 'hypocrite' label?