Some Issues with “Elected” Peers" in Arizona Need Pointing Out
"I have learned a lot over the years as a PC, watching and learning about politics and government. I also learned a lot over a 20-year career as a probation officer working within a county government agency working for the courts, working with LE, doing investigation/arrest reports, being an instructor for my department and other departments as a private contractor, working as the county parole and electronic monitoring officer, working a serious habitual offender caseload and working with the gang suppression team (GST) for more than half my career.
worked with several other agencies on a regular basis patrolling the streets, contacting our gang members, identifying new ones, identifying associations and monitoring brewing trouble both in the streets and our institutions and doing investigations. The biggest responsibility was making arrests, taking one’s freedom from them and doing it in a constitutional manner knowing how serious a responsibility it is.
One of the greatest skills I walked away with is learning to detect bullshit from truth and how having supporting “evidence” to prove my case when I suspect it. I have learned how important it is that we speak up when we believe something is wrong and should be corrected. Personal responsibility is a large part of what our freedoms are based on and what our foundation is based on for our country and party.
We have a personal responsibility to stand up when needed rather than remain seated because we want to “belong” or are afraid of being ridiculed by our peers. I have stood up many times when it comes to our elected officials and several times it hasn’t been well received by those I have disapproved. Too bad. They are “elected” to serve the people, me included.
If we don’t speak up and call attention to BS, or wrongdoing
then we see or witness it, then you shouldn’t be a PC.
We shouldn’t go to LD meetings just to get a sense of belonging. Although important, our sense of purpose isn’t just going to a meeting and voting on resolutions and planning our next support party for our Senator or Representative. Our sense of belonging and purpose should come from participating in bringing issues to the table and holding our elected peers accountable as well as thanking them when they stay on course.
I plan to write several more posts pointing out issues associated with “elected” peers" in Arizona.