Who doesn’t enjoy thinking back on the great Ronald Reagan? One of my all time favorite Presidential debate moments is the part of one of the debates when President Reagan said “there you go again.” I really am enjoying it now in particular because it is such a good lead-in quote to use when commenting on the very liberal, very predictable, and very wrong-headed editorial comments by Allen Youngblood on his car wreck website.
For years I have heard from person after person after person what a wonderful person Ricky Brown is. In Republican circles his name has come up many times going back to two county chairmen ago. Ricky Brown has been mentioned as someone the Liberty County candidates committee should recruit since before Craig McNair even thought about running for county judge. But leave it to Allen “Sherlock Holmes” Youngblood to try and convince us all that there is something wrong with this recent appointment to be the interim county tax collector.
Though Youngblood tries to act like he has uncovered some big damning secret that should have disqualified our county judge from voting on who would be the interim county tax collector, all of his information should make most people like Ricky Brown’s appointment even more.
First, Youngblood’s secret spy work revealed to his readers that Ricky Brown has been a friend of the county judge a long time. That makes me think our county judge may have appointed someone he knew beyond the shadow of a doubt could be trusted with taxpayer money. It is good to once again have a county judge who is looking out for WE THE PEOPLE and it is good he appointed someone he holds in the highest of esteem.
Second, Youngblood breezes over Ricky Brown’s former position – a position that again recommends Brown as a highly qualified and highly trustworthy person. Youngblood had nothing to say that could actually discredit Ricky Brown so he just kind of skips through his article hoping he can make readers feel like he does – reminds me of an occasional effort by his counterpart in local radio.
Third, Youngblood acts as if he has a smoking gun. But his “ah ha” revelation again recommends Brown even more to those who think about what Youngblood is writing. Youngblood tries to imply that anyone who has worked at any business that has had anything to do with Judge McNair is disqualified. But Youngblood loves reading his own fleeting thoughts, so he writes beyond anything helpful to his case. He added the following description of Ricky Brown’s and Judge McNair’s past business dealings to his already flimsy and biased critique: “very normal in the course of real estate development”. So Youngblood accused and vindicated any idea of impropriety in this appointment all in one paragraph.
Youngblood is like John and Nancy Archer and maybe a few others busy liberal activists who are willing to express their goofy opinions in public – they are all frustrated. Judge McNair (and most of the other newly elected public officials) have made great strides in this county in a short period of time. Memories of one scandal after another and the residue of poor money management are the legacy of Youngblood’s beloved Democrats’ 100 year hold on power in this county. Now he is acting out because he can’t stand that the common sense approach and the success of this new group of officeholders will give little chance of his compadres mounting a challenge and winning back positions for Democrats.
Youngblood’s effort to bring a scandal to the public’s attention is not a total failure in this story. It is scandalous to many of us that Allen Youngblood would introduce the idea of criticizing an appointment when someone like Ricky Brown is the appointee. He certainly never criticized any of the Democrats’ appointees. Allen Youngblood, it seems, only gets his bloodhounds out for Republicans. He may on rare occasions snoop around when he sees a politically wounded and dying Democrat. But he will only criticize Democrats when he sees it will hurt what creditability he has left and it will hurt the Democratic Party. Otherwise his writing is like his life – leaning heavily to the left.
Too bad his name and his views will appear forever in cyberspace by Ricky Brown’s. But this article will leave most of us considering the source and it will be one more reason we are happy Ricky Brown was appointed. Most of Republicans should be happy with these results after many years of hoping Ricky Brown would one day hold a leadership position in Liberty County’s courthouse.
Many of us will look with great hope to Ricky Brown for leadership and, regretfully some among us will look to Allen Youngblood - not for leadership, but to check the car wreck scene out. “There he goes again”, Youngblood puffing on his Marlboro and chasing law enforcement’s chatter on the scanner. Go Allen go! Please Allen go… please. Please go.
Your hit piece backfired and it will continue to backfire. Almost every time a citizen meets Ricky Brown- Youngblood will be discredited even more.