Isn't May wonderful?
The temperatures are already in mid-summer form and if the weather isn't already warm enough the 2012 elections are heating up, too -- which will make the month that Lerner and Loewe called "lusty" even hotter than usual.
There will be really big doin's all month. Take yesterday, for instance. May Day has always been a big day for communists. I am not sure if that is why certain factions of Atlanta's population chose May 1 for the demonstrations held outside the Georgia Capitol yesterday or not. I'll let you decide. Your guess is as good as mine.
So-called civil liberties groups, along with those who claim to be upholding the rights of immigrants held a "coming together" of folks they called "immigrants and working people." I have been a working person all my life -- or at least since I loaded the first La-Z-Boy recliner and Hide-a-bed into the back of Sam Ramsey's furniture truck when I was 13. My invite must have gotten lost in the mail because I didn't get it.
To tell you the truth, I don't quite understand the connection between the working folks and the immigrants, and if you look at what the immigrants were protesting, I think their group needed a modifier -- the word illegal. Nothing they were protesting against would affect a single solitary soul who followed the laws of our nation in coming here.
Let me give you a for-instance or three.
First on their list: stopping local federal immigration enforcement. Heaven forbid we should be allowed to enforce the law! What an obvious affront to an illegal's civil liberties! Are you kidding me? They are protesting against the fact that we actually intend to do something about the laws that have been passed?
They don't want the state to enforce the new E-verify system, either. That's a process by which employers must verify that a potential worker is in the country legally before hiring them. Who would possibly be against that law, except people who are here illegally or people who want to hire illegals?
The unemployment rate is close to 10 percent, y'all. I know I'm backward and unreasonable, but I don't think employers should hire illegal immigrants when American citizens and legal immigrants are out of work.
They also want to put an end to deportation of those who are here illegally who commit crimes. Understand that the key to each issue is "illegal." It's a great country, isn't it? The right of people to peacefully assemble on behalf of people who are breaking the very laws created to promote the general welfare of Americans is fully protected. God bless America.
That was yesterday. Today is national watch your back day. The Department of Homeland Security has warned us to be on our toes. In case you don't remember last year's euphoria, this is the anniversary of the date on which members of Navy Seal Team 6 arranged for Public Enemy Number One -- Osama Bin Laden -- to have his long awaited tryst with the 72 celestial virgins he spoke so much about in his recruiting speeches. Al-Qaida being big on remembering anniversaries is suspected of planning some sort of attack -- or attacks -- against the US today.
We are vigilant. We will be prepared.
Tomorrow is a big day, too. The National Day of Prayer. We need prayer. It's a big day for me, too. I have spent a lot of time cooped up lately and will have not one, but two opportunities to visit with the public. I will be talking about the significance of prayer in the history of our Republic at Conyers First UMC at 11:30 and Thursday evening I will be talking about my writing and my new book that details my recent battles with the insidious demon cancer at the Nancy Guinn Library. Y'all come. It will be fun and insightful and I'd love a chance to greet all the folks who have tried to help pray me through the ordeal.
What about Friday, you ask? It's Star Wars Day -- or Luke Skywalker Day as it is known in some circles. Why?
That's easy. All through the movie, the characters go around saying to one another, "May the fourth be with you." Friday is May the Fourth. I know. It's a pun and the pun is the lowest form of humor -- unless you think of it first.
May 5? That one's easy. The first Saturday in May shall always be set aside for the Run for the Roses -- the most exciting two minutes in sports. That's right. It is Derby Day in Louisville. Gary Bridgewater is already collecting mint in anticipation of creating the perfect Mint Julep. I hope he doesn't forget to bring me mine this year. If he does, I will be satisfied with a bowl of burgoo and a slice of Derby Pie -- as long as I pick the right horse, that is.
Yep, May is here and is off to a rip-roaring start. The first five days will be full of adventure. I can't wait to see what the rest of the month holds in store.
Darrell Huckaby is a local educator and author. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. For past columns, visit www.rockdalecitizen.com or www.newtoncitizen.com.