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Political Correctness and Incompetence
3/20/2005 6:46:48 AM    [ Flag as Inappropriate ]

Surely there must be some better middle ground!
PC and Incompetence
by Charley Reese
  Political correctness and incompetence often embrace each other.  That was made clear 
in the Atlanta courthouse shooting. Brian Nichols proved to be a lot smarter than his 
captors, not to mention a quicker and better shot.
  Political correctness and incompetence example No. 1 is the Rule that prisoners must 
not be shackled lest it prejudice the jury. Luckily, the jurors weren't present, but 
if they had been, watching a prisoner shoot a judge and a court reporter would certainly 
be more prejudicial than seeing him in handcuffs. I expect even the incompetent people 
in Fulton County will change that rule.
  Political correctness and incompetence example No. 2 is assigning a female deputy to 
escort an unshackled prisoner to the courtroom.  Feminism is an ideology, not a description 
of reality. A 51-year-old, 5-foot-tall female was no match for a 6-foot-1-inch former college 
linebacker. He attacked her and took her gun. What in God's name would anyone expect to happen? 
  For a little bit of history, most law-enforcement agencies used to have height and weight 
requirements for male officers. Then a federal judge decided that that was treating women 
unequally. Feminist ideology dictates that women 5 feet, 1 inch tall or so and 115 pounds 
can wrestle 200-pound men equally as well as male officers. That, of course, is nuts,
but this country became an open-air insane asylum during the 1960s. God shorted women on 
upper-body strength. Guess he's a male chauvinist pig.
  Incompetence example No. 3 is that the initial assault on the female deputy was caught 
on security cameras. Trouble is, nobody was monitoring them, or if someone was, the person 
hid under his or her desk.  Unmonitored security cameras are - how shall we say it - a stupid 
waste of money.
  Nichols - and bear in mind in lawyerspeak that these are all allegations, since he has not 
been legally convicted of anything - went on to kill another deputy and pistol-whip a reporter 
in a parking garage, stealing his car.
  Incompetence example No. 4 is that the police spent 13 hours looking for this car, when all 
the time it was parked on a lower floor in the same parking garage. As I said, Nichols is smarter 
than his captors and pursuers. He had intended to take the reporter as a hostage, but when the
reporter escaped, he knew that everyone would have a description of the car.  Ergo, he went to the
lower floor, parked the car and took the subway.
  Incompetence example No. 5 is that they locked down the courthouse after it was all over, but 
failed to guard the subway. Even after 13 hours, Atlanta's finest had not discovered the car they 
were searching for. A civilian did that. And another civilian, whose life might be ruined by 
excessive media attention, talked Nichols into peacefully surrendering after he took her hostage.
  Nichols is also thought to have killed a U.S. Customs agent, so, excluding the judge and the 
court reporter, the score was Nichols 3, and armed, presumably trained and equipped law-enforcement 
officers 0.
  So, it was a civilian who found the car and a civilian who brought the episode to a peaceful 
conclusion. Perhaps Atlanta doesn't need its oh-so-politically correct police and sheriff's 
departments, which acted more like the Keystone Cops than trained professionals.
  My advice is to stay clear of Atlanta. It is overcrowded and incompetently governed, and 
its urban sprawl is spreading like a cancer all over North Georgia. Pretty soon, north and 
southbound travelers will have to detour through Alabama and South Carolina just to avoid 
Atlanta's traffic jams. Air travelers already know what a horror the airport is.
  Political correctness should have no place in America. It is always costly to allow 
politics to trump reality, and, as in Atlanta, the results can be tragic. Look at the ruined 
lives that political correctness and plain old stupidity caused. Even after the carnage, 
as of this writing, Fulton County authorities haven't decided what crimes to charge Nichols
with. How about murder? It shouldn't take too many brain cells to figure that out.
  Charley Reese has been a journalist for 49 years, reporting on everything from sports to 
politics. From 1969-71, he worked as a campaign staffer for gubernatorial, senatorial and 
congressional races in several states. He was an editor, assistant to the publisher, and
columnist for the Orlando Sentinel from 1971 to 2001. He now writes a syndicated column 
which is carried on Reese served two years active duty in the U.S. Army 
as a tank gunner. 
Write to Charley Reese at:
P.O. Box 2446, 
Orlando, FL 32802.
 2005 by King Features Syndicate, Inc.

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