“Quality of life” in Cobb County is not Free!
Has no one as yet figured it out? Part VI
Let’s be very clear! Freedom is not Free !

Has no one as yet figured it out? Part VI

Earlier published articles within this Patch series are included below:
Has no one as yet figured it out? Part I
https://patch.com/georgia/marietta/ep/3094802?utm_term=neighbor-post-5&utm_source=newsletter-daily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter

Want to stop the massive exit by Cobb County communities seeking to exclusively control their own operations and destiny?
Change the leadership – consider being rid of the progressive/left leadership in Cobb County (all levels) that are in the process of destroying anything and everything with their woke philosophies (e.g., endless taxes, nonstop spending (most of it mindless without a clue as to consequences), turning what was originally a heavily treed, economically attractive “balanced” county into another concrete, urban nightmare, literally mindless building spews, the progressive leaderships, inept zoning, “NO” intelligent land use planning causing decay, more crimes, corrupt, poor services that cannot possibly support properly such growth.

Has no one as yet figured it out? Part II
https://patch.com/georgia/marietta/has-no-one-yet-figured-it-out-part-ii-nodx

Think about it? Really? Consider actual professional corporate/business executives throughout Georgia operating billion dollar entities with each having the same hypothetical access to another $147 million? For the truly executive qualified, none would even consider wasting money needlessly for any so called consultants to determine “how to spend those funds” to best benefit the enterprise. Due to their qualifications and embedded in depth knowledge of every single facet within every department and operation, all would automatically know exactly how, when, and where such funds would be most advantageously utilized for best possible outcomes – especially long term requirements.

Has No One Figured it Out Yet – Part III
https://patch.com/georgia/mari…
Until the citizens of Cobb County wake up the same negative outcomes will follow – either follow the lead and examples of “red municipalities” throughout the country (e.g., change the unqualified, incompetent leadership across the board, put an immediate moratorium on all budgetary process until in depth forensic investigations have been completed including radical changes in the mindless and self defeating land use planning nonsense, etc.)[or face the spiraling consequences degraded” quality of life”].

Has No One Figured it Out Yet – Part IV
https://patch.com/georgia/mari…

Continues what seems to be a never ending story that seems not only to defy common sense (apparently an ingredient currently lacking from the existing leadership garden) but baffle any aspect of just plain intelligent reasoning.
Consider that the entire story of the Cobb Recycle Center (still ongoing) is rather emblematic of the full array of “quality of life” issues that have finally driven four Cobb communities to exit (no doubt more considering the same strategies) due entirely to the existing Cobb leadership (all levels). That the current alleged leadership has never “gotten it” will simply continue until the citizenry arise to decide otherwise?
Just as with the “shoddy patches” delivered at the Recycle Center once the “line had already been crossed” pushing Cobb County down the path of “quality of life” adversities the entire focus of leadership has been to launch staged expensive public relations efforts cover up, somehow justify (what cannot be justified) (e.g., web sites, so called informative meetings, etc.) in attempts to stop the community “bailouts”. Borrowing from aged vernacular (for those old enough to remember) “that damn train has already left the station”!

Has no one as yet figured it out? Part V
https://patch.com/georgia/marietta/has-no-one-yet-figured-it-out-part-v-nodx

Whatever happened to “reasoned thinking” – seeking out the objective facts to determine best courses of actions or decisions?

“Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason why so few engage in it”. Henry Ford

Instead of the hand fed, staged and orchestrated dribble coming out of the Cobb County Commission offices and a media absolutely refusing to properly investigate and/or confront the current leadership (all levels), the straight forward questions?
*For those within Cobb County genuinely caring about having “quality of life” (which continues down the vernacular toilet) who is going to stand up, speak out, ask the hard questions (all of which the current leadership refuse to answer and/or seek to dodge) – and demand concrete answers?

As noted in Part V of this continuing series:
Although perhaps predictable is a now most interesting addition to the never ending Cobb County leadership “clown show” – multiple legal filings against all of the city hood applicants to have any and all their efforts (all properly vetted and approved by the Georgia legislature, and signed by the Governor) summarily thrown out and to be removed from the ballot for electorate consideration in any form See, e.g., MDJ, April 14, 2022 (front page); MDJ, April 16/17, 2022 (front page); MDJ, April 19, 2022 (front page); MDJ, April 21, 2022 (front page – “Anti-city hood attorney seeks judgment now”)?

Has no one as yet figured it out? Part VI

In this continuing series the always proverbial question remains – it needs to be repeated and shared as often and far as possible within Cobb County?
“THINK”?

Whatever happened to “reasoned thinking” – seeking out the objective facts to determine best courses of actions or decisions?

“Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason why so few engage in it”. Henry Ford

“A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.” William James

Instead of the hand fed, staged and orchestrated dribble coming out of the Cobb County Commission offices and a media absolutely refusing to properly investigate and/or confront the current leadership (all levels), straight forward questions remain?
Consider that the media and County offices have been filling the air with virtually nonstop propaganda that by any intelligent observations tend to have only confused, clouded, and obfuscated the “real matters” at issue.

Has no one noticed amid the cloud of babble the complete void of even mention of the real issues much less any objective investigations or analyses?

First, Last, and Always It is About “Quality of Life”

Amid all of the cascading verbiage being uttered by all of the “anti types” (most especially the biased media) has no one noticed the complete and utter absence of any intelligent mention (much less any thorough discussion) of the prime moving and originating focus for city hood? It has been and remains to garner self control – to create and preserve “quality of life” within each and every community and citizenry?
*Has no one noticed that the complete void of how and by what means the current County leadership has created, fostered (perhaps a better word – “festered?”)(as well continuing) the downward spiral regarding virtually all “quality of life” indices within Cobb County?
* Has no one noticed that regarding each and every facet of those failures the outright refusal by that leadership (as well the anti types) to accept personal responsibilities whatsoever for anything?

“The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government”. Thomas Jefferson

*In fact the utter arrogance of the Cobb leadership to confront the real issues is present by every indication given the policies and strategies to not only continue those downward spirals, but in fact to accelerate their effects upon of the citizenry of the County?
*This “Series” has delineated in explicit details the failings of the County’s leadership respecting “quality of life” indices, none of which have been disputed. Yet notice not once has there been anyone to stand up and take responsibility for any of those deficiencies.

As delineated at length in the previous published series, the examples of how the County leadership has been re confirming the very foundations and reasons for city hood continue nonstop and unabated.

*Has no one noticed that amid all of the claims by the County leadership and anti types respecting cost impacts in order to dissuade and discourage referendum support no one has as yet submitted any objective independently verifiable data or proof in any form to substantiate such (e.g., examine for yourself – entire separate section of the MDJ, April 30, 2022)?
* Think about it?
Government Bureaucracy (any and all levels) is pointedly defined as a “Mountain of Corruption concealed by an Ocean
of Incompetence”.
Please do listen closely to the attached video on this subject –
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pxaLgkmcDY

Want real, objective independently verifiable answers instead of propaganda and misinformation there is a straight forward path:
*Consider first, requiring a comprehensive and detailed accounting of any all expenditures (direct and indirect), resources, and hours that have been dedicated (in whole or in part) to the so called “educational” efforts respecting the city hood applicants?
*Consider also an immediate “shut down” of any and all expenditures, new developments as well any other efforts/activities affecting “quality of life” and requiring wholly independent full scale forensic investigations across the board, most especially regarding any and all connections between and among the leadership and all contracts and expenditures (special interests)?

What would seem beyond conjecture is the County leadership’s embedded (rather authoritarian in essence) ideological obsessions for tax, spend, tax, spend, and tax without regard to consequences – all representing the complete antithesis for creating or maintaining “quality of life” indices for the citizenry of Cobb County.

“The most fatal illusion is the narrow point of view. Since life is growth and motion, a fixed point of view kills anybody who has one”. Brooks Atkinson

Consider the following:
* The never ending efforts of Cupid to get a “transit referendum” (30 years sales taxes) and more SLOST taxes after, never ending) (April 09, 2022 – MDJ front page)
*Then seeking collusion with others yet again wasting dollars for a so called transit study deal (MDJ, May 12, 2022, front page)
*The latest – instead of protecting old growth trees, providing “green space” Cupid and cohorts seek a massive expensive new community center (21 acre parcel purchased) with never ending millions to be spent thereafter (of course for any shortfalls, delays – more expenditures and taxes). (MDJ, May, 01, 2022, front page)

Just to make the matter more interesting:
Consider:
*Just by sheer coincidence magically there would appear multiple legal filings against all of the city hood applicants to have any and all their efforts (all properly vetted and approved by the Georgia legislature, and signed by the Governor) summarily thrown out and to be removed from the ballot for electorate consideration in any form See, e.g., MDJ, April 14, 2022 (front page); MDJ, April 16/17, 2022 (front page); MDJ, April 19, 2022 (front page); MDJ, April 21, 2022 (front page – “Anti-city hood attorney seeks judgment now”)?
*That such filings lacked even a scintilla of proper legal basis should have been obvious to anyone even without a legal degree. Instead of summary dismissal which should have been the judicial outcome, the court opted to hold the matter in abeyance pending outcomes of the referendums. Has no one noticed that alleged “standing” of the so called originators of these frivolous filings would not change in the slightest regardless of the referendum outcome – it does not exist in fact or in law!!!
*However the aromatic scent that such filings were made solely for political purposes as well in order to improperly influence and negatively pressure the referendum outcomes lingers in the air!
* And accountability for such blatant acts of dishonesty – that’s a matter for the citizenry of Cobb County!

Not to be overlooked also attempting to negatively color the issues-
Consider:
*How many times and how many ways have Cupid and the County leadership shown a complete disregard for any ethical standards whatsoever? For a public servant essentially holding office as a “trustee” solely for the public interest there would appear to be serious questions based on prior and continuing conduct? The standard should be straight forward – even “the appearance” of unethical actions or behavior must be avoided at all times.

As expected, on examination it would appear that the automatic County reaction has been two fold (1) refusing to admit that such a standard exists and/or (2) it is always someone else’s fault, individual responsibility does not exist (the “buck does not stop – ever – with Cupid and the Commission)!
* “Cupid’s temperament and prickly attitude since becoming Chair; Cupid and her staff not showing up to work; Cupid’s ethics and her conflicts of interest; Cupid placing Cobb’s economic engines Dobbins and Lockheed in jeopardy for a land deal for her favorite zoning attorney; Cupid’s disastrous working relationship with the business community; and Cupid’s abuse of Cobb citizens that do not agree with her at community meetings, among other things”. https://spotlightsouthcobbnews.com/chair-cupids-cobb-quid-pro-quo/

“No responsibility of government is more fundamental than the responsibility of maintaining the highest standard of ethical behavior for those who conduct the public business”. John F. Kennedy

*Seeking to negatively influence the city hood efforts of East Cobb, Cupid published glowing remarks about Cobb County Fire Department along with an enhanced web site and accompanying videos. see, e.g., https://sports.yahoo.com/cityhood-advocates-cry-foul-county-092000630.html.

Think about it? Cupid’s usual lame excuses (in the planning already for months) should be tested against the known back drop of city hood efforts and referendum voting set to occur? Query why this costly public relations blitz could not have been postponed until after all voting and outcomes determined? Perhaps a full accounting of that blitz along with all costs incurred should also be required? (see, also, MJD, May 10, 2022 (page A2)
*Then consider the magically timed (with early voting already in progress) effort by the notorious “woke’ media propaganda arm of the Democratic Party (as well biased anti anything other than non representative big government) to again negatively affect the outcome asserting that “city hood movements could shift more stadium costs onto residents” (Atlanta Journal Constitution, May 15, 2022 (page B4).

The premier spot however would seem to be the Marietta Daily Journal Voter Guide (April 30, 2022 (entire section) allegedly positing that the real issue (in fact a falsehood since in fact the prime issues center upon “quality of life”) is the “balance of power” within Cobb County.
Now think about it?
Consider (as explained in each and every one of the articles in this series, including this one) the Cobb leadership embedded authoritarian, mindless intransigence has been and remains to effectively make Cobb a Fulton County clone – eliminating of all “quality of life” indices? If saving Cobb from such an adverse outcomes are identical to balance of power shifting then perhaps the MDJ got it right (even if the prime objectives of that media piece appears to have been the complete opposite)?

Doubt for an instant what Cupid and the Cobb leadership plan for Cobb County?
Just for flavor did no one notice the recent Cupid “boondoggle” to Austin, Texas with Atlanta Regional Council colleagues (did not anyone happen to notice her colleagues on this trip – every single one a progressive, woke Democrat heading other failed “blue state/region” disasters respecting “quality of life”) in order absorb even more practices to make Cobb County more like Fulton County? see, e.g. , Cupid Weekly Report, May 12, 2022 (did no one notice her previous such trip was to the Chicago area (one of the top murder, crime, racist, anti police centers in the country).

Think about itBlue area Austin a prime example of “quality of life” failures across the board, see, “The city of Austin – woke progressive central – rising crimes, actually reduced police force budgets, some of the worst school systems in Texas (see,e.g., https://austin.culturemap.com/news/city-life/12-20-16-worst-texas-public-schools-aisd-peg-list/); plagued with limited transportation and traffic issues (see, e.g., https://www.thrillist.com/lifestyle/austin/traffic-problems-in-austin-tx-explained; https://austin.towers.net/austin-cant-build-its-way-out-of-traffic/); one of the worst cost of living increases in the nation see, e.g., https://www.kvue.com/article/money/economy/boomtown-2040/austin-cost-of-living-increase-filterbuy/269-de1d7216-fdcb-4c12-b858-081be5869712; The Austin area continues to be one of the fastest-growing in the nation, ranking fourth in total population growth and No. 1 in rate of growth among metropolitan areas with more than 1 million people; immediate negative implications for the environment see,e.g.,https://medium.com/environmental-issue-profiles-2021/environmental-issue-profile-daf98e226d; https://spectrumlocalnews.com/tx/austin/news/2021/12/19/environmental-housing-crisis; unaffordable from any prospective, see, e.g. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/27/us/austin-texas-unaffordable-city.html

A Core and Fundamental Issue –
The Constitutional Rights for Self Governance

Consider (as explained in each and every one of the articles in this series, including this one) a core and fundamental issue which absolutely none of the anti forces or media dare mention – the constitutional rights for “SELF GOVERNANCE”.

It is a straight forward proposition. To end the “woke” mindless County leadership controls over each community’s “quality of life” decisions and efforts, the legally complied pathway for city hood has been adopted. These communities seek to end the lack of effective representation and to cast out the “identity politics” “and other afflictions that deprive . . . personal responsibility and a shared community . . . from pursuing that noble ideal[s]” see, e.g., American Awakening: Identity Politics and Other Ailments of American Culture
https://lawliberty.org/american-awakening-identity-politics-and-other-ailments-of-american-culture/?fbclid=IwAR3KFHI8JV-bC5ttiJTg5qYjVyhO8D6BnV04OHtXwRwSjeYWk1Ud6YQ-lBA

Has no one noticed the endless banter and purported criticisms for city hood by all of the anti forces (including the media) regarding credibility or reliability of any and all “feasibility studies” for each community effort at city hood?

Whether or not these proposed cities in fact achieve projected “mileage rates”, cost savings in any area, or otherwise are solely issues for those within those communities (MJD coverage was obviously intended to create other illusions, see, MDJ, May 14, 2022 (front page).

Think about it? Whether or not any aspect of those studies in fact become reality is a matter solely and exclusively for the residents of those communities? It is their singular domain for “SELF GOVERNANCE”. It is a matter wholly irrelevant to anyone else – end of story. As long as all legal requirements are satisfied “self governance” means exactly that – “self governance” – A CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT!!

By polarizing the media channels and bombarding everyone with anything and everything to distract from the “real issues” the objectives have been to confuse, cloud, and obfuscate, not to focus to the prime issues – “quality of life” and “constitutional rights”. Those are matters in fact for the voting referendums!

“The quality of your life will be determined by the quality of your CONTRIBUTION”. Kurek Ashley

The Elephant in the Room That has been to Date Completely Ignored

There exists one facet of these matters that deserves immediate attention?
Has no one noticed that endemic within “quality of life” considerations for everyone in Cobb County are the very aspects that have made it in the past a crowning example as a highly desirable place to live and thrive?

What about the individual interests of all of the fauna and flora within Cobb County, their protection from the wholesale depredations of mindless bureaucrats and developers?
Who represents the maintenance and protection of and for every single stream, grove of old growth trees, all of the fauna and flora within Cobb County (not a single word from the “woke County leadership”, the anti city hood forces, and/or other biased media)?

“The quicker we humans learn that saving open space and wildlife is critical to our welfare and quality of life, maybe we’ll start thinking of doing something about it”. Jim Fowler

Think about it?
Not only is a Canadian river now recognized legally as a person\entity but as well from the Amazon to the Klamath, granting rivers legal rights is part of indigenous-led efforts to protect them all. see, e.g., https://www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/article/these-rivers-are-now-considered-people-what-does-that-mean-for-travelers?rid=6AE562D6FE5FEBDD4A484E36E7812666&cmpid=org%3Dngp%3A%3Amc%3Dcrm-email%3A%3Asrc%3Dngp%3A%3Acmp%3Deditorial%3A%3Aadd%3DHistory_20220418&loggedin=true
The Whanganui River in New Zealand is a legal person. A nearby forest is too. Soon, the government will grant a mountain legal person hood as well. Here’s how it happened, and what it may mean. see, e.g., https://www.nationalgeographic.com/culture/graphics/maori-river-in-new-zealand-is-a-legal-person

American Chronicles, April 18, 2022 Issue, A Lake in Florida Suing to Protect Itself, Lake Mary Jane, in central Florida , that could be harmed by development. A first-of-its-kind lawsuit asks whether nature should have legal rights. https://www.nationalgeographic.com/culture/graphics/maori-river-in-new-zealand-is-a-legal-person; https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2022/04/18/a-lake-in-florida-suing-to-protect-itself?position=1&sponsored=0&utm_medium=email&utm_source=pocket_hits&utm_campaign=POCKET_HITS-EN-DAILY-SPONSORED&SMARTASSET-2022_04_13

“While the personhood movement re conceptualizes the relationship between rivers and people, granting non-human entities personhood is an existing Western concept applied to corporations that can bridge Western and Indigenous legal systems”. Id.

Think about it?
“Corporations cannot speak either. . . Nor can states, estates, infants, incompetents, municipalities or universities.” And yet these entities were amply represented—some might say overrepresented—in the courts. Id.
In fact it is these very same natural entities that comprise all “quality of life” (both directly and indirectly) in Cobb County. Unless somehow recognized there exists a massive deficit – they cannot speak for themselves. Even if granted standing, who is going to responsibly represent and plead their cause (certainly not Cupid, the current Cobb leadership or any of the anti forces or media)? see also, Top Streams Cobb County https://www.anyplaceamerica.com/directory/ga/cobb-county-13067/streams/; Hydrology Cobb County, https://opendata.atlantaregional.com/maps/CobbCountyGA::streams-and-lakes-ms/explore?location=33.909233%2C-84.559900%2C10.51

Think about it?
Already, ten (10) plant and animal specious are being seriously threatened native to Cobb County. see, e.g., https://www.inaturalist.org/places/cobb-county; https://www.mdjonline.com/news/meet-the-10-threatened-plants-animals-native-to-cobb-county/article_d658249a-69c9-11e7-9395-7f628c0ef0bb.html

“The main threat to aquatic species in Cobb County and the Atlanta metro area is urbanization,” said Dr. Brett Albanese, manager of the Georgia DNR’s nongame preservation program and a senior wildlife biologist. “Even modest levels of urbanization, 5 to 10 percent of watershed area, can change the types and abundances of species that can live in a stream.”

In voting on these referendums why should not all of the fauna and flora within Cobb County be implicitly represented for protection?

Let’s be very clear!
Freedom is not Free !
“Quality of life” in Cobb County is not Free!
Either stand up, do something about it, stop the negative cycles in play or certain adverse results will be automatic.
In all cases the repeated admonition will always be –
“THINK”!
Precisely what will defeat all of those openly seeking destruction of America, our freedoms and “quality of life” (especially within Cobb County)!!

“Ethical Critical Thinking” is the core weapon that will always ultimately defeat all darkness whatever its form!
Think about it!

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