Thursday, May 11, 2017

Archibald and Whitmire Just Busted Oliver Robinson - Donald V Watkins 

Archibald and Whitmire Just Busted Oliver Robinson
By Donald V. Watkins - May 11, 2017

On November 30, 2016, John Archibald wrote a story on State Representative Oliver Robinson's surprise resignation from the Legislature earlier that day. Archibald asked in his headline, "Is there more to that story?"
Today, John Archibald and Kyle Whitmire answered this question for us by busting Oliver Robinson in an article that showcases their excellence in investigative journalism. When these two journalists are on their game, nobody in the business is better.
I enjoyed reading the Archibald-Whitmire article below. So will you.
After you read the article, you will understand why I am aggressively seeking a full measure of transparency and accountability from our public officials regardless of their positions, race, political party affiliation, age, religion, sexual orientation, or gender.
What disturbs me about Oliver Robinson's situation is this: Alabama is one of the Southern states covered by the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The Act, which was paid for with the blood, sweat, tears, and deaths of courageous civil rights activists, gave black voters in Alabama the power to elect representatives of their choice. Black voters in Birmingham chose Oliver Robinson to represent their political interests. They elected him on multiple occasions. After Robinson took his oath of office, he started betraying the trust of his constituents by selling his soul to powerful corporations that harmed their neighborhoods and homes. It is one thing for a public official like Oliver Robinson to be weak and ineffective in representing his/her constituents. It is unforgivable, however, for Oliver Robinson to sellout his constituents for the Biblical "30 pieces of silver".
Federal and state prosecutors in Alabama and across America, do your jobs! Nobody is above or beneath the law. End the widespread public corruption nightmare for all of us. We have a right to honest government services from our public officials. Enforce this right, without favor or fear.
John Archibald and Kyle Whitmire, I am glad to see you back in the saddle. I admire and respect your work.

Donald V Watkins

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