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County Commisioner thinks the Klu Klux Klan should be utilized in the place of zoning laws

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posted on Jun, 24 2008 @ 09:32 PM

The above link is a story about the Cherokee County Kansas Commission's attempts to close down an adult video store which opened last week. Cherokee County is located in the far southeast corner of the state bordering with both Missouri and Oklahoma. We have a population of approximately 30,000 people, mostly white, mostly lower middle class, and there are currently no zoning laws outside of our cities. When you think of the negative stereotype of simple minded, bible thumping, flag waving, conservative, small town, middle America, this is the kind of place that came from. I'm not anti-religion or anti-flag waving, I just don't necessarily have the same view of the world as most of my neighbors and it bothers me that we have three times more churches in our county than schools. I say this because in the above story I linked to, County Commissioner Pat Collins claimed that in the past if there were something that a community needed taken care of people could turn to the Klu Klux Klan instead of turning to their government. He tried to pull his punch a bit by saying that “It’s time to bring the Klan back, and put black, yellow and red people in those suits,”.
I am a white male in my mid thirties with a family and I find what Mr Collins said to be abhorrent. As the reader comments accompanying the above story will attest, I am not the only one that feels this way, the thing that has floored me though is the fact that there is not a bigger outcry. Most of the people I have spoke to about this can't believe he was dumb enough to say it to a reporter, but what he said didn't necessarily bother them that much. I am originally from this area but I have lived in other parts of the country and I can't think of anywhere else this kind of thing would be shrugged off so easily. Cherokee County has a long tradition political corruption, Mr Collins himself did jail time back in the mid 90's after he was removed from office for corruption when he was the Sheriff. Yesterday the former County Attorney plead guilty to federal extortion charges relating to payments of cash and other favors he received from a strip club in exchange for "preferential" legal treatment. Our current Sheriff is currently under investigation for misappropriation of funds. Our county's political system has imploded and no one gives a damn. Is it this bad everywhere? Have the failings of the Bush administration gotten people accustomed to this kind of corruption or is it just that I am living in the most morally bankrupt back water in the western world? Does what this idiot is advocating as offensive to anyone else on here as it is to me?

posted on Jun, 24 2008 @ 10:28 PM
If your town is similar to mine, some of its citizens might be pondering the commissioner's statement as they remember their daddy's and granddaddy's Klan robe stashed away in their closet. Jeez, 30 years ago some actually had a demonstration on Main Street, complete with hoods; I hear that the local Klan headquarters moved about 15 miles away since then.

I like your post, with its backstory of corrupt officials. My town has had an adult store for several years, and I, for the life of me, can't figure out how come it wasn't run out of business or protested. I do suspect that it provides a certain value to certain prominent locals and their wives (or mistresses!), plus maybe someone gets a little extra pay to look the other way. Oh, one similar store did get run out of town; besides the adult stuff, they, horrors, also sold a type of pipe! Can't have anyone selling "drug" paraphernalia out of an adult shop...that was crossing a line

Yes, getting back to your last sentence, I was appalled to read what he said. At least it shows the beast hasn't been totally beheaded yet. Maybe the Age of Enlightenment will catch up to your town, and hundreds other similar places.

You mentioned something interesting, that you left the area and saw that not every place was like this one. Sometimes people who don't get out and "see the world" continue in Ignorance, unaware of other ways to live. Continue to share your thoughts with other like minded citizens.

posted on Jun, 24 2008 @ 10:59 PM
desert, thanks for the reply, I am not naive nor am I a person that is hung up on political correctness, I am just having a hard time accepting that most of the people around me are more comfortable with this ignorant, backward way of thinking than they are with the idea of standing up and doing the right thing. The availability of porn is scarier to most of the people around here than the thought of an ignorant redneck making public policy decisions. With all of the problems we are currently having in this area I'm not sure why it is that this is the one that is really bothering me. I guess when you have people content to sit by and allow this kind of thinking guide the people we have put into power it shouldn't be surprising that Bush hasn't been held accountable for starting a war for profit or for spending four days watching the people of New Orleans drown before he did anything. I'm getting off topic here, I just wish our country would start holding our elected officials accountable for their actions.Peace!

posted on Jun, 24 2008 @ 11:45 PM

Originally posted by Birdbath
I just wish our country would start holding our elected officials accountable for their actions.

Yes! No matter what level, local to national! Elected leaders must be held accountable to those who elect them.
Whether because of a conspiracy by powers that be or not, over the years citizens start to say that voting doesn't change anything, my vote doesn't count, etc. Well, you reap what you sow. If citizens sow complacency, they reap corruption. When politicians know they're only "beholden" to 5% of eligible voters, they can take advantage of ignorance and complacency.

Voting is not something one does and sits back and enjoys. Take voting as seriously as giving birth to a child. Look what happens when a child is born but is then set free to do as he pleases with no guidance. When politicians think their voters don't care, they won't care to react to their voters.

Voters need to email/phone their elected leaders and tell them their opinions and what they want. Otherwise we appear fearful or complacent.

When elected leaders fail to take heed, then it is time to vote them out; if that fails, then other non-violent actions of protest are warranted.

Make elected leaders fearful, and don't allow them to make us fearful.


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