Saturday, August 26, 2006

News from Nebraska

It was widely reported that the state of Nebraska has gone to court to prevent rehiring Robert Henderson, a Nebraska state trooper, who is a card carrying member of the Ku Klux Klan.

Henderson, represented under a collective bargaining agreement, appealed and an arbitrator ordered the state to rehire Henderson and fork over sixty days of back pay.

Whatever one may say about his rights under the contract, Henderson is undoubtedly a man whose effectivity as an officer is severely compromised by his politics. If he succeeds, every arrest he makes from now until doomsday will be challenged in court, and the entire sorry tale will be told again and again and again to the eternal discredit of the good people of Nebraska-some of whom I count as my friends.

Perhaps the appropriate postscript here would be the words of Oliver Cromwell, who said to the Rump Parliament in 1653, "You have sat too long here for any good you have been doing. Depart, I say, and let us have done with you. In the name of G-d, go!"


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