I know, I know. The song is really, "Texas has a whorehouse in it." but I'm not in Texas.
And Johnston County certainly has a whorehouse in it. In the vernacular of course. There aren't actual sex workers that operate out of there.
And it's not really a house. It's actually the Johnston County Courthouse Annex at 207 East Johnston Street in Smithfield, NC.
Truthfully, I'd prefer the actual whores. They only screw one person at a time. Not so our intrepid county commissioners.
You see, we have a republican (that's a small 'r') form of government. It's actually guaranteed to us by the U.S. Constitution. It's not a direct democracy because when people get riled up sometimes they do rash things. That's why we elect people to do our business, and they are supposed to do what we want only when what we want is legal and constitutional.
But that's not quite all of the story. The reason we have people in that job, and don't just have a judge to cancel the dumb things that people sometimes vote for, is so they can insert their judgement into the process. An involved, moral, honest representative will give the people what they want as long as it's not illegal, unconstitutional or just plain stupid. That's the job of the representative, to filter out the stupid things and not just jump when poked by vox populi.
So when a group of representatives of the people do something that they know won't work, simply because a few people have howled about it; when they Do Something and that something deprives the people of their rights; when they write into an ordinance something that is targeted at a single individual but sharing the misery among us all, then they are whores.
They've whored themselves out for power, or popularity or the adulation of the media.
C.S. Lewis said, "Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive.”
In other words, good intentions don't count. If you can't do something right, do something smart. If you can't do something smart go home and sit on your hands.
When they go ahead and do the stupid thing those of us that see it must direct the attention of all people of good conscience to let them know how poorly they have judged.
As public figures, as elected members of government they have no right to hide. Disreputable actions that they take should be, must be shown to the world. If the world vents its wrath on their stupidity they have no one to blame but themselves, for they sought the office, they made the decisions, they surrendered to the stupid.
Now some of you that live near here already know what's coming. You've read the statements by certain Johnston County commissioners and their minions about what they plan to do. You've seen the meeting agenda. You've read the slobbering approval in the News & Observer and the Smithfield Herald.
But others don't. Others right here in Johnston County and here in the rest of North Carolina don't know. But they will.
Very soon now the righteous fury of people of conscience is going to be released on the misguided, arrogant, deluded commissioners of Johnston County, North Carolina.
May God have mercy on their souls.