The ACLU claims that residents who appear to be "foreign born" have been subjected to "rampant racial profiling" and are routinely picked up by the police for "minor or nonexistent violations." Since I know the ACLU is a self-congratulatory promoter of free speech, they surely won't mind if I say Pfft! to them and to their vague and unsupported blather.
Our law enforcement officials are following the county's 287(g) program, a section of the federal immigration law that allows them to arrest illegal aliens who are found to be in violation of our laws beyond sneaking into this country and sucking up all our resources and making us speak their language instead of learning to speak ours. In my book, these people are illegal-illegals. That's worse than a case of the dry heaves. I applaud Sheriff Warren and Chief Hatfield for doing their jobs and I hope you do, too.
Somehow, my hot line to the ACLU is not working well so I can't tell you why they are worried about people who are not citizens of the United States and really aren't supposed to be here in the first place. I don't remember the ACLU getting their knickers in a wad when an illegal alien killed a school teacher in Smyrna a couple of years ago and then fled to Mexico and hasn't been heard from since. I haven't heard a peep from them about the gangs in and around the county that terrorize their own people and whether or not they are here legally.
Supporters of the ACLU will tell you that they represent what makes this country great - the right to protest. I disagree. What makes this country great are the millions of Americans who have paid the ultimate sacrifice to preserve our precious freedoms so that people like the ACLU can pull at the fabric of our society with no responsibility for the consequences. They are simply the beneficiary of others' sacrifices.
ON OTHER SUBJECT: If you see a group of motorcyclists tooling around Marietta on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 25 and you notice a dorky-looking guy seated in a sidecar looking as if he is going to hurl his lunch at any moment, that will be yours truly. Somehow, Bob Fremin with the Marietta Harley Owners Group (or "HOG"), talked me into participating in their 9th annual USO rally to raise funds for the USO of Georgia - about the only reason I would seat my rump in a motorcycle sidecar on a Sunday afternoon. The USO of Georgia does a phenomenal job of supporting our troops. They are great Americans serving great Americans.
Speaking of honoring our military heroes - past, present and future - Scott Chadwick is the parade coordinator for this year's Marietta Kiwanis/City of Marietta Veterans' Day Parade on Wednesday, Nov. 11, in keeping with the time-honored tradition established by the Armistice of 1918, (the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.)
The parade kicks off at the Roswell St. Baptist Church at 11 a.m. and goes up Roswell Street to the Square. Ceremonies on the Square commence at 12 noon, and conclude right around 1 p.m.
This promises to be a terrific parade with seven bands, JROTC units, military vehicles galore, Maj. Gen. William Nesbitt, adjutant general of the Georgia Air National Guard, who will serve as grand marshal and keynote speaker, honor guards, 21-gun Salute and the playing of "Taps." All guaranteed to make your heart thump with patriotic pride.
Chadwick and the Marietta Kiwanians have done the heavy lifting. The only thing he says they need at this point is a good turnout from you and me, particularly along Roswell Street from the Roswell St. Baptist Church on up to the Square. I hope I see you there.
The USO Rally on Oct. 25 and the Marietta Kiwanis/City of Marietta Veteran's Day Parade are reminders that Cobb County is full of good people who love their country. Let the ACLU rant. They are just a wart on an elephant's behind.
You can reach Dick Yarbrough at email@example.com or P.O. Box 725373, Atlanta, Georgia 31139.