Darrell Huckaby - Common sense is in short supply

Some people just have so much nerve. Let me give you a for instance or three. A couple of weeks ago, for example, a young policeman in Athens had

the audacity to leave a parking ticket under my windshield wiper just because I left my car parked on the curb after the parking meter had expired. Talk about unmitigated gall!

And I've heard that those pesky old credit card companies will sometimes actually call people on the phone and remind them to send their payment when

it's only 60 days or so past due. There ought to be a law against such harassment.

There is no end to the madness, either. I know teachers who have actually given students failing grades on their report cards just because they have

done failing work and everybody who has ever been a student knows that isn't fair. And I have heard preachers declare from the pulpit that there will

come a day when we will all be held accountable for our sins.

I haven't heard anything like that from the pulpit in a long time, understand, but I have heard it.

But Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel really takes the cake. She is the undisputed winner of the Audacity Sweepstakes - and thank goodness there

is a group around to call her on it.

Karen Handel is being sued because she has - now brace yourself, this is not for the squeamish - but she has actually attempted to enforce the Georgia

law that requires those who would cast a ballot in a Georgia election to (pause for effect) - identify themselves.

The humanity of it all!

I ain't making this up, y'all. "Voting Rights" groups have filed a suit in U.S. District Court on behalf of a Cherokee County man, Jose Morales, seeking to put a stop to the state's obviously discriminatory practice of

having people prove they are who they say they are before allowing them to cast a ballot.

Jiminy Cricket! What a crock of bullfeathers.

I am pretty sure that I have shared this story with you before, but it's worth repeating.

It was Election Day. 2004. I dutifully waited in line to cast my ballot, like the good citizen I am. It was finally my turn to sign the register and pick up my voting card. The lady in charge of the polls greeted me like a

long lost friend and what follows is an actual conversation.

Poll worker: "Well good morning, Mr. Huckaby. How in the world have you been?"

Me: "Fine."

Poll worker. "I just loved last week's column. You know, you hit the nail right on the head about all these crowded restaurants around here, and I

loved the one you wrote a couple of weeks ago about your little girl. I saw her at church Sunday and she is so pretty. I know you are proud of her."

Me: "Yes, ma'am. We are. Thank you ma'am."

Poll worker: "How is your mother-in-law? I haven't seen her since we went on that trip with them last summer. You be sure to tell her that I said hello."

Me: "Yes ma'am. I will."

Poll Worker: "Well, I can't wait to get your new book. I hope someone gives me one for Christmas. You be sure to sign it for me if they do."

There were a few other exchanges as well and then ...

"OK. If you'll just let me see your photo ID, Mr. Huckaby, you'll be all set."

And somehow I survived the ordeal of having to actually show her my driver's license without being offended or humiliated or feeling like my civil rights

had been violated, and if I can show my ID to a woman I've known for 30 years, by gosh, Jose up in Cherokee County can show his - assuming, of

course, that he has one. Or he is who he says he is. Or he is a citizen of this country who is legally eligible to vote. Or that he doesn't want to vote multiple times.

And save the breath it would take to tell me about the poor people who can't afford a government issue ID. They are free. And don't tell me about what an

inconvenience it is for them to find someone to take them to the driver's license bureau to get their free ID. It was pretty inconvenient for the million people who have died over the past 233 years to protect everyone's rights, too - so get over it.

In Las Vegas earlier this week, the offices of a group called ACORN - a so-called "voter's rights" organization - were raided. They had registered

the entire roster of the Dallas Cowboys to vote in Nevada - along with thousands of other names.

And don't tell me it doesn't happen here. In Georgia we've been voting tombstones for years.

The madness has got to stop, folks. We absolutely must return common sense to the order of things - especially government. Sadly, the way the latest

polls look, it won't be happening this election cycle.

Darrell Huckaby is a local author and educator. He can be reached at