Back in the folklore of the Old West law enforcement is the story of the time the Texas Rangers were called to Dallas to stop an illegal heavyweight prize fight in 1896– canonized in Texas history as only one Ranger arriving to stop one potential riot.
Dallas needs more than one Texas law enforcement official to stop the charade occurring with Dallas superintendent Mike Miles, a scurrilous carpetbagger from Colorado with a history of creating film-inspired mythic narratives of himself.
Why the Rangers?
The Texas Ranger Division joins with all other enforcement agencies …..when it is apparent that the local officials are unwilling or unable to maintain law and order.
We have a situation in Dallas, Texas where a school superintendent who is supposed to report to a board of locally elected officials has decided to thumb his nose at policy and at local citizens by refusing to produce evidence requested by an investigation into his behavior.
An investigation by a former United States Attorney made Miles’ policy violations clear to the school board even though Dallas superintendent Mike Miles has refused to produce the evidence needed to tie him to a letter writing campaign impugning the Board of Trustees.
Mike Miles continues dancing and thumbing his nose at justice and school board members seem unwilling to punish his blatant insubordination and contempt for them,the Dallas public schools, and the citizens who pay Miles’ bloated salary.
The mayor of Dallas, Mike Rawlings, already violated Dallas city policy by working to elect certain board members by stacking his education PACs with funding. Rawlings cries crocodile tears over the plight of Dallas public education while doing everything possible to continue the siege by the rogue superintendent.
So what’s left for the citizens of Dallas and the weak-willed Dallas Board of Trustees except to make those phone calls asking for the kind of backup that inspired the story of the Lone Ranger?
We have an Imperial Superintendent here in Dallas who believes, just like Richard Nixon, that he is beyond the law. Miles thinks his band of heavies, including Todd Williams and the mayor, elevate him far above average citizens. Caught penning and leaking a letter to punish Dallas board members for daring to question his Imperial Crony, Kevin Smelker, Miles has refused to produce the contents of his personal emails that were used as cover for his lambasting his own elected board.
Texas Open Records laws make Miles’ personal emails, when used for school district business, open for public inspection.
So it’s time we hear the William Tell Overture, the one announcing the arrival of Justice in the form of some plain-spoken men and women carrying badges who understand the foundation of the American Constitution.
We’d also like to call forth the spirit of former U.S Representative Barbara Jordan who didn’t see the removal of a President as heavy lifting when the question of equality before the law was in question.
The impeachment of President Nixon was based on, “a series of public statements and actions designed to thwart the lawful investigation by government prosecutors,” wrote Representative Jordan.
Instead of the famous ethics of Barbara Jordan being cited in reference to Miles’ misdeeds, we have smarmy phone calls from Eddie Bernice Johnson who didn’t mind lining the pockets of her relatives with public funds. Rep. Johnson is joined by a hack politician, Rene Martinez, who wants to substitute one form of race-based hiring with another as inherently illegal and unjust.
Mike Miles’ defenders are notable only in their total contempt for the average citizen who would have no say in dancing around the truth of a $100,000 investigation.
Go ahead and make the phone calls, citizens.
No CEO of any company in this city could spit in the face of a Board of Directors and just keep dancing around the truth.
Ask the Rangers to come to 3700 Ross Avenue and bring their subpoena power with them. Give the mayor a lesson in real drama.
And the next time the mayor or superintendent explains how necessary school reform is in Dallas, Texas, remind them no cause is so great as to undermine the basic principles of the U.S. Constitution and equality before the law.