Some people think that if the proper procedure is followed, the end result will be good. That’s false. If the objective is bad, such as extracting information from foreign captives, then following all the proper procedures to water-board them, including medical assistance on stand-by, won’t change that the consequences are still bad, albeit perhaps not illegal. After all, the state killing inconvenient persons also continues to be minutely specified in the law.
I wonder how much longer it will take for the citizens of the United States to recognize that so-called “capital punishment” exists for no other reason but to remind them, contrary to our Constitutional charter, that the agents of government, not the people, are in charge. How much longer will it take before legislating the beginning and end of life will be perceived as authoritarian over-reach?
Anyway, while proper procedure is no guarantee of a good result, it is almost certain that bad procedure will have bad results. So, for example, when legislators make back-room deals to evade public inspection and input, and, in effect, abandon their obligations as agents, the community will almost inevitably be worse off. Wheeling and dealing in private and the public interest simply don’t mix.
Can one prove that 49% of Glynn County, Georgia’s children living in abject poverty is a direct result of public officials having abandoned their obligations? Probably not conclusively. It may just be a coincidence. But, the general level of abandonment (of real estate, children and pets) suggests that perhaps abandonment is the final step in the procedure of planning to fail.
Of course, if the recent agendas of the Glynn County Commission are to be believed, abandoning public property for private exploitation is a preferred first step. Oh, and the owner of the abandoned Golden Isles Inn is a paragon of virtue.