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Diatribe: Sheriff Joe Arpaio Sues The Government On Behalf Of All Americans.

11/21/2014

Maricopa, Arizona Country Sheriff Joe ArpaioWe’ve all gotten a chuckle or, at the very least, shaken our heads in disbelief at some of the ridiculously frivolous lawsuits that we read about in the news.  In our increasingly litigious society, we’ve grown to expect people to sue just because they can.  They want to be paid when they cut themselves with knives claiming the knife’s manufacturer should have warned them that the product was sharp.  It’s hard to tell who’s conniving, vindictive or just outright stupid.

It’s one thing when a silly nincompoop sues Walmart because their plastic bags break, but in recent months we’ve seen governors defy the White House by instituting their own state-sanctioned Ebola quarantines and ignore the Supreme Court by refusing to acknowledge same-sex marriages.  It’s as if  law enforcement officers suddenly have the authority to pick and choose which laws they enforce.

Yesterday, Maricopa, Arizona County Sheriff Joe Arpaio filed a lawsuit to stop the enforcement of new immigration laws before they were even announced by President Barack Obama last night alleging that the President and other defendants acted outside their constitutional authority by not going through Congress.  Arpaio’s suit asks the court to block changes that include making an estimated five million immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally eligible for work permits and for protection from deportation.  Arpaio, who has tangled with the Obama administration in the courts before, says he’s going to court on behalf of himself and all Americans.

“I am not seeking to myself enforce the immigration laws as this is the province of the federal government.  Rather, I am seeking to have the president and the other defendants obey the U.S. Constitution.” – Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Surely, I’m not the only one who finds it amusing that an Arizona sheriff thinks he has a better understanding of constitutional law than does the President of the United States of America and his administration.

Sheriff Arpaio is being represented by Larry Klayman, a conservative activist known as a public interest lawyer who has filed hundred of lawsuits against the federal government and, just last month, requested that the Department of Homeland Security initiate deportation proceedings against the President.

Did it ever occur to you that you could sue the federal government on behalf of yourself and all Americans when you didn’t agree with a law?  I can think of a few that I’d like to challenge.

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  1. I’d like to sue Arpaio on behalf of all Americans for being a tool, but i’m not sure where to file such a suit.

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