The Newnan Times-Herald


Citizens expect safety from their government

  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
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  • Jun. 04, 2020 - 1:38 PM

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Riots are bad for everyone except perhaps the looters. It won’t be long before murders are added to the mayhem pervading America’s large cities. With local government forces unable (from a dearth of resources) or unwilling (from a lack of political will) to quell miscreants bent on enriching themselves, perhaps it’s time for a more direct (if drastic) measure.

A temporary 15-day suspension of habeas corpus would allow local peacekeepers the flexibility to subdue rioters. I submit this only for localized areas afflicted by uprisings and only for a 15-day period or until the chaos is controlled, whichever is shorter.

Congress has the power to save the nation’s cities from destruction. All that’s needed is the fortitude to act. But alas, with a distinctly partisan Congress, this is unlikely unless Democratic members see their own homes and neighborhoods threatened.

Numerous voices have spoken out against this wanton destruction but the adage states, “Talk is cheap.” The time for action is at hand. Thomas Jefferson said, “Action will delineate and define you.” History will record how well or poorly leaders handle this.

These insurrections are no longer protests against a perceived injustice but have become self-enrichment exercises of those intent on stealing and destroying. This must cease. “To sit back hoping that someday, someway, someone will make things right is to go on feeding the crocodile, hoping he will eat you last — but eat you he will.” (Ronald Regan).

Citizens expect safety from their government, and during this election year, government is conspicuously inept at providing it. Voters should remember.

Ken Schaefer