Thinking Right’s weekend free-for-all. Pick a topic:
● One terrorist down. One to go. And then one more until all of those who actively conspire to kill us are defanged or dead. It ain’t over yet.
● The White House says the terrorist was unarmed. Not so on 9 /11 when America consummated the contract with Osama bin Laden that was done on 5 /1.
● Sometimes, now being one of them, sports metaphors are inappropriate. “We don’t need to spike the football,” said President Barack Obama in explaining the decision not to release the bin Laden death photos.
● With every ounce of energy Gov. Nathan Deal and legislative leaders can muster, they should work to eliminate the practice of public officials pocketing fees paid to them personally for performing public duties. Not even the tiniest burgh in Georgia should allow individuals operating under the color of law to do it. The AJC reports that Fulton County Tax Commissioner Arthur Ferdinand pocketed $342,000 last year, most by collecting a personal charge of $1 per parcel to collect property taxes for Atlanta, Sandy Springs and Johns Creek. Georgia really does need to clean up the fee systems and while doing it, route all of them, including the special-levy add-ons to fines and filings, into the general funds of state and local governments.
● Headline: “Bully for Hawks,” a reference to the team’s success in the playoffs. Question: Is it politically correct to use the word “bully” as a positive? As soon as the language police rule on whether “Geronimo” can be used as code for a bad guy, the full committee will meet on all uses of “bully.”
● Roles in public education are getting hopelessly blurred. First, there’s the unwarranted intervention of the federal government in k-12. Then, there’s the constant temptation of mayors and other non-school elected officials, especially in Atlanta, to busy themselves in school board business. And now Cobb County Superintendent Fred Sanderson, a short-timer, is telling his bosses how they should perform their jobs. The board, with three new members, “should have recognized their first priority on being sworn in was to become acclimated to and informed about district operations, and trained in the basics of school board leadership and effective governance,” writes the hiree of his bosses. Everybody go back to your corners. Parents, quit attempting to use the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools organization for political leverage. Everybody else read your job description.
● Those who oppose all efforts to contain illegal immigration have asserted all along that the problem lies with a business community that didn’t want to know. After seeing its reaction to House Bill 87, I’ve begun to believe that “rule of law” is a negotiable concept with large segments of the business community. The latest group to oppose the law is the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau. When opinion leaders are willing to look away from certain classes of wrongdoing, we are on the slippery slope. What is wrong, then, with cheating on taxes? Or smoking a little dope? Or making a little liquor?
● Libya is an example of what results when national security policy dilettantes play at war. When the decision to go to war is not made to advance this country’s national security, and when it targets a head of state for death on behalf of an international committee and for the purpose of empowering a collection of rebels whose governing agenda is unknown, you have to be wary. The first casualty is this government’s credibility. The greater threat to world peace, meanwhile, is Syria, which is brutally murdering civilian protesters. At least 550 civilians have been killed; the U.S. “deplores” the violence and the U.N. Secretary-General thinks the situation there should be investigated.