While we focus on national politics, we may miss important acts locally
As I’ve been reading some of the papers lately, I’ve had a question: Didn’t the progressives win some of these elections a couple of weeks ago?
They just don’t seem very happy. I mean, they re-elected President Barack Obama and killed the Twinkie. You would think that would be pretty fulfilling on the socialism-and-crushing-the-freedom-to-eat-delicious-but-mysterious-foods fronts.
But no, the carping continues. Apparently, conservatives aren’t going away quietly enough to suit them.
One irritant seems to be that a few folks are so distraught over the presidential election they say they may leave the country. This has placed some of our friends on the left in a state of seething and righteous indignation.
Well, I suppose it’s a lot like all the progressives who swore they would leave the United States if President George W. Bush was re-elected. I can’t recollect much of that happening, either.
I don’t recall teeming masses of liberal refugees clutching their MacBooks and Crocs as they trudged up the gangplank of the first tramp steamer headed to Québec.
Sure, our Jeffersonian republic and the concept of federalism have been locked in the basement like a crazy uncle by the present administration, but it is still possible they might get out in the near future.
Remember, a country that can withstand Jimmy Carter, disco and the final season of “Lost” has shown itself not to have a glass jaw.
So, the far left should consider toning down its outrage because conservatives won’t just quietly go away and concentrate on bringing more diversity to politics by running white liberal men against conservative Republican minorities and women. Allen West and Mia Love, we will see you again and your efforts will not be forgotten.
As for conservatives, as I’ve mentioned, it’s a pretty good idea to turn our attention to what’s right in front of us. While we’ve all been concentrating on national politics, local politicians have been having a food fight with our money. And while many people did well at our county levels, there are few races that didn’t get the attention they deserved.
And, for gosh sakes, it’s about time people started paying more attention to some of the highest direct taxing we all experience: our city councils and school boards.
For example, let’s take something ripped from this week’s Daily Sentinel headlines: The city of Grand Junction announced that water and sewer prices are going to take a big leap because those city operations need more money.
Now, just by way of contrast, let’s look back to March of this year, when the city allocated $110,000 to the Avalon Theatre project to assist with design fees for what is expected to be a $14 million to $16 million venture. The revamped theater will then enter the white elephant race with the city’s Two Rivers Convention Center, located at the other end of downtown.
We’re not done yet: In June of this year, the Avalon folks requested a further $1 million helping hand from the city for the renovation. Next — and I want this part to soak in with readers— the City Council became very excited and suggested increasing the amount awarded by the city to $3 million, without even being asked.
In a 4-2 vote, the City Council did just that.
So, while we were all concerned about who was going to be the Republican nominee for president, this was happening right here.
The sad fact of all of this is, while we may be limited in the influence that we have on national results, we darn sure need to do something about things occurring right here.
The next time we drive by a Grand Valley Transit bus that’s about the size of an aircraft carrier with three people on board and one’s the driver, it might be something we ought to look into a little bit.
Besides, a strong local base builds strength for regional and national elections. Think of it as doing political push-ups and training for the next big bout.
Rick Wagner writes more on politics at his blog, The War on Wrong.