Friday, March 16, 2012

Silas For Richmond County Sheriff

AUGUSTA, GA - Sheriff’s Capt. Scott Peebles announced he is running for Richmond County top gun position and Sheriff’s Lt. Robbie Silas did the formal announcement, too, as Richmond County School Safety Lt. Richard Roundtree. Sheriff’s Lt. John Ivey will be running also. UPDATE: Democrat Richard Roundtree will challenge Republican Freddie Sanders November 6, 2012

Ivey is a longtime sheriff’s deputy who worked for the Augusta Police Department before the city and county governments consolidated.

“I am aware that it won’t be easy filling the shoes of Sheriff (Ronnie) Strength,” he said to the crowd, “but I do promise that if elected I will not disappoint you. “I know that if elected sheriff, I won’t go in being the best, but I will definitely work hard every day to be one of the best sheriffs this community has ever had.” One of Silas’ plans for the sheriff’s office if elected is to rework the budget to allow for more deputies on the street.

Richmond County will know the candidates for each party, Democratic and Republican, after the July primaries. The elections for Sheriff will take place November 6, 2012.

The bizarre aspect of this race is that the local media, mostly conservative elite, is desperate to know who is going to be endorsed by Strength. Peebles is his right hand and Silas his brother in law. There are more fundamental questions for the electorate. For example, if the Sheriff Department will operate as a crowd control most all the time or as a community oriented protection and law enforcement agency.

There is concern in the media about the morale of deputies in Richmond County Sheriff Office that could go South if one of the 4 is elected, but many in the community is asking: What about the trust of the community?

Denice Traina, president of the Harrisburg West End Neighborhood Association in 2009, leading the meeting with the law and order officers regarding safety in the community. Mrs. Traina currently is the president of the Historic Harrisburg Community Council.

Beyond the divisions among the factions in the black community and their leadership and the divisions between families or feuds, the election of the Sheriff in November could be the most important of all the races, and the elections of judges, that the electorate will have to decide upon. This is not only apply to Richmond County but in the state of Georgia and in many states where the Republicans control the legislature and governorships.

Ultimately sheriff's departments and judges are going to be in charge of enforcing and understanding the insane laws, unconstitutional in other cases, but while these laws are being imposed or not to someone will be in the hands and minds of those elected in November.

One must ask if Peebles, Silas, Roundtree or Ivey would have handled differently the case of Martha Burke in 2003, when Sheriff Ronnie Strength with the superpower of his office imposed a restriction on her desire to protest against the Augusta National. That action ultimately cost the taxpayers since the City of Augusta was sued and Burke won her case.

At the state level the Republican controlled General Assembly with the Republican governor are passing laws that in many cases have nothing to do with stimulating the stagnated economy and balancing the budget but going after the civil rights and private rights of their constituents. The state government even created (HB 87) a "private government" giving private citizens with the same extreme agendas, such as Phil Kent, powers over immigration laws enforcement.

Sharia Law vs. Marshal Law
"The American Laws for Georgia's Court Act" for instance will move forward for a full vote in the House of Representatives. The primary intent of the bill is to prevent Georgia judges from deferring to Sharia law when resolving divorce and child custody cases. Sharia law is based on Islamic principles determined by clerics and is used in many of the world's Muslim countries.

As expected, the bill has been strongly opposed by the Muslim-American community. It has also drawn sharp criticism from many Georgia business leaders, attorneys and others who feel that as written, the law could have a chilling effect on international trade relationships and have other negative, unintended legal consequences as well.

Many in Georgia are afraid that with the Marshal Law being imposed subtly or in the open there is no need to even mention the Sharia Law.

Voting for the wrong person could mean the sheriff that put you in jail, or the judge who will deny your freedom just because you don't look or think alike.

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