Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
This headline of a Feb. 20 Forbes article, written by Angelo M. Codevilla, Professor Emeritus of International Relations at Boston University and a Fellow of the Claremont Institute, really got my attention: “As Country Club Republicans Link Up With The Democrat Ruling Class, Millions of Voters Are Orphaned.”
As one of the “orphaned voters,” this term resonated and prompted my interest, as I hope it may with others who feel “betrayed” by many of our leaders. The first paragraph drew me in, since it is a concise, accurate description of our “political DC dilemma.”
“On January 1, 2013, one third of Republican congressmen, following their leaders, joined with nearly all Democrats to legislate higher taxes and more subsidies for Democratic constituencies. Two thirds voted no, following the people who had elected them. For generations, the Republican Party had presented itself as the political vehicle for Americans whose opposition to ever-bigger government financed by ever-higher taxes makes them a ‘country class.’ Yet modern Republican leaders, with the exception of the Reagan Administration, have been partners in the expansion of government, indeed in the growth of a government-based ‘ruling class.’ They have relished that role despite their voters. Thus these leaders gradually solidified their choice to no longer represent what had been their constituency, but to openly adopt the identity of junior partners in that ruling class. They have relished that role despite their voters. Thus these leaders gradually solidified their choice to no longer represent what had been their constituency, but to openly adopt the identity of junior partners in that ruling class. By repeatedly passing bills that contradict the identity of Republican voters and of the majority of Republican elected representatives, the Republican leadership has made political orphans of millions of Americans. In short, at the outset of 2013 a substantial portion of America finds itself un-represented, while Republican leaders increasingly represent only themselves.”
See what I mean? It is a long article, but every meaningful and enlightening. I hope you will “link and learn”: http://www.forbes.com/sites/realspin/2013/02/20/as-country-club-republicans-link-up-with-the-democratic-ruling-class-millions-of-voters-are-orphaned/.
Needless to say, you’ll not find this in the liberal press.
Current proposals by gas companies to develop gas in the Thompson Divide strikes me as distinct from other issues in the valley. This is an issue that has gained broad spectrum local opposition. Citizens, local governments, civic institutions all support protecting the Thompson Divide from gas exploitation. We are all united on this front, so let’s make sure to make our voices heard.
Citizen action and involvement, attending meetings, speaking out and writing to our elected officials and federal land managers (the BLM and Forest Service) are all needed in service to our local lands.
With this in mind I encourage people to attend the public meeting hosted by Pitkin County at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, at Carbondale Town Hall. Representatives from gas companies, Pitkin County, the BLM and Forest Service will all be there – this is our chance to speak out for the protection of the Thompson Divide.
After just viewing the 2008 documentary “Sprawling From Grace” I would like to suggest that our civic leaders and decision makers view it as well. It is available through the public library system.
This film shows what is possible and what society must work toward in order for a vibrant downtown community to flourish, with pedestrian traffic the only part of the whole picture. It shows what other cities are in the processes of accomplishing.
Apparently none of our current city leaders have in mind the enjoyment of outdoor cafes or relaxing on a bench to people watch or read a paper. The noise and fumes of vehicles disrupts what could be a pleasant experience to locals and visitors alike.
Sharon R. Davis-Bell
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