Ohio is said to be a microcosm on the nation. That should be cause for alarm. What follows is my essay of life on the campaign trail, and reflections on America’s social divide.
It is quite ironic that I have put more hours into Obama’s reelection campaign than I have put into any political campaign back in Australia. Such is the nature of how excited foreigners are about the President. There is something about the American political process that just drags people in. We exchange students don’t live in the US, we can’t vote, and I personally leave the country before the next president is inaugurated, yet we were thrilled to sit on a bus for nine hours and sleep on a basketball court for two night just to knock on the doors of strangers. After this weekend I can safely say that my eyes have been opened to life outside of sheltered inner DC. It has revealed to me the levels of inequality present throughout the state said to be a microcosm of the nation. So goes Ohio, so goes the nation.
Leadership starts at the top. All of the alleged violations that are outlined in the complaint are the product of a culture of disregard for basic rights within the culture of MCSO that starts at the top and pervades the organization.Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez • Commenting on the Department of Justice’s decision to sue infamous Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, alleging a pattern of abuse towards Latino inmates. The decision follows the conclusion of a three year investigation, and is the second time that the Department of Justice has filed suit against Arpaio for his conduct as sheriff. In 1997, the DOJ accused Arpaio and his employees of using excessive force on inmates, though the case was ultimately settled outside of court. When asked about the 1997 lawsuit, Perez said that the settlement in that case lacked oversight, and as a result the demanded reforms ”proved not to be sustainable.” source (via • follow)