Happy 4th of July! I have a lot of mixed feelings about this holiday and the concept of freedom this year. With the current state of our country and all of the hatred stemming from the last election, it’s sometimes hard to believe that there’s any good left. So to celebrate this 4th, here’s a list of 4 things, big or small, that the US/AZ did this past year that make me believe in hope (or at least make me laugh):
1. Paul Penzone beat Joe Arpaio
I don’t know if other states have sheriffs, but Arizona definitely does, and for as long as I can remember, that sheriff was Joe Arpaio. Arpaio, a Republican, quickly got the reputation as being the ‘Toughest Sheriff in America’ due to his policies on immigration, harsh police techniques, and (awful) treatment of inmates. On November 6, 2016, that position went to Paul Penzone, a democrat. This vote just shows how the landscape of AZ politics is changing and becoming more and more liberal with each passing year.
2. AZ (& More Than 1/2 of the US) Protects Voters’ Personal Information
The Trump administration recently put out a request to all states, asking that they release names, birthdates, party affiliations, past voting records, addresses, felony convictions, and social security numbers for all voters. More than 1/2 of the states in the US have refused to provide that information, thus, protecting their voters and voting rights in their state. Hooray for no voter fraud!
3. The Women’s March
Remember back in January when women, men, and children rallied together to make a large statement and stand up for human rights? Me too, and it’s definitely something I’ll never forget. The energy and power that I felt being part of the Phoenix march was unreal. It makes me hopeful that so many people want to come together and fight for their rights and the rights of others in this hard time. Reading about the marches again makes me proud to be an American.
4. The AZ Signs on the Freeway
Arizona never ceases to make me laugh.
Happy 4th of July!