Thursday, July 29, 2010
Ellis County has set a NEW court date for Reed Bates.
Reed Bates' new trial date, on the charge of 'reckless driving' of a bicycle (originally "operating a bicycle on the roadway"), is set for August 17, 2010, at 2 p.m.
It will be held at County Court at Law 2, 109 S. Jackson, Waxahachie, Texas.
"I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice! And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue!"
--Senator Barry Goldwater
As a great admirer of President Lyndon Baines Johnson (Voting Rights Act, anyone?), I nonetheless am deeply moved by the quotation above. It is not necessary for me to agree with every position a person takes to applaud and support them when they are right (true in the cases of both Johnson and Goldwater).
It's very sad that some major (and minor) bicycling organizations, ones that claim to defend cyclists' rights, have not just stood on the sideline in this case, but have in some instances actively worked to undermine support for Mr. Bates. When a right is only for people we personally like and/or agree with, then it's no longer a right but a privilege, to be dispensed arbitrarily on a case by case basis by those in authority.