The Divine Right Of County Commissioners

In politics I have an affinity for lost causes. If they’re not lost when I join them, they quickly gain that status afterwards.

A few years ago I agreed to help a friend in his bid for the mayor’s chair. I threw myself into the job of publicist with my creative best. We came in a distant third in a field of three.

Using that experience as a springboard I next moved into county politics as publicity manager for another friend, who was running for county commissioner. I helped prepare snappy newspaper ads, radio commercials, and outdoor posters. We were beaten—soundly.

A further example of my ability to pick losers: every single candidate I voted for on November 7 lost.

Even though I wasn’t directly involved in any campaign this time, some of the defeats were hard to take. Particularly hard on me was the loss suffered by my candidate for chairman of the county commissioners.

In many ways the quality of life in our locality is determined more by who sits on the county commission than by who sits in the White House. Our new chairman, Mrs. Lasalle, is a typical fuzzy-headed idealist.

All this brings me to the latest lost cause I’m espousing: the Divine Right of county commissioners. The egalitarian spirit prevailing in the Western world since the French and American revolutions makes that doctrine as archaic as a thirteen-star flag.

The divine right of rulers has always been more popular with rulers than with the ruled. In its crudest form it held that the king was responsible only to God and therefore could do no wrong—that is, he could do nothing for which he could be called to account by anyone else.

However, what I mean by the divine right of county commissioners ...

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