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Judging from some of recent letters to the editor, one of the things locals infected with second amendment fever and obsessed with the “unfairness” of the recent impeachment proceedings have in common is a determination to act like whinny brats until they get their way just like their Impotus ®esident.
Despite Christianity Today and the National Review calling for his removal from office, none of the lies, law breaking, or even subversion of our government matter to them. The harsh truth is they don’t care — in fact they love it because they feel empowered to operate freely in their own alternative reality, with a recent poll showing 86% of Republicans wanting him to stay in office.
There’s more than rallying around a tribal leader going on here. It’s a cultish belief that winning is all that matters, and even torching democracy is tolerable especially if it means they don’t have to share power with the Demonrats — ahem Democrats. Where keeping “those people” out of power and to sticking it to anyone who looks, thinks or acts differently is widely accepted.
Take what happened at this past December’s rally — I mean Supervisors meeting, where many people publicly declared their willingness to defy our government in a grandiose fight against tyranny. Oblivious to the fact that their intimidation tactics and harsh words were undermining the very principles of freedom and respect for others they claim to support.
While it’s a matter of perspective whether that makes them useful idiots marching to a lost cause, or self-righteous hypocrites. All that I can say about such self-inflicted dysfunction is bless their fearful hearts.
Besides fear, some other things they have in common are narrow reactionary and yes — authoritarian, racist and patriarchal views of the world. Seeing their reflexive support of a fearless leader and defiant opposition to a “dad-gum gov’ment” as magically righting historical grievances in a rapidly changing world, viewing those who don't share their autocratic vision — as illegitimate Americans and illegal voters.
Such open contempt and flagrant disregard for these differences have long been part of an entitled mindset here in Virginia where the Republican controlled General Assembly has spent decades suppressing voters and gerrymandering districts into meaninglessness, allowing them to stay in power no matter what happened in elections.
One of many things the new Democratic controlled General Assembly will be fixing this year.
Speaking of fixing — and entitled attitudes, how many of the County’s residents are aware that our Board of Supervisors approved yet another development project in the Zion’s Crossroad area, and plans to spend another $2.5 million on the Shannon Hills business park?
Or that they are going ahead with these projects based on questionable assumptions, like their Pollyannish interpretation of the county’s 2011 Long Range Regional Water Supply Plan deluding themselves that water from the Green Springs wells would be adequate for future growth.
A “damn the torpedoes full speed ahead” approach that is driving several other residential and commercial projects in the Zions Crossroads and Ferncliff area, including the proposed 605 Shannon Hills industrial park.
Keep in mind that what happens at a local level in affects people in the County far more that what transpires at the state or Congressional level, it would be in everyone’s best interest to start attending BOS meetings. And ask them to have an
independent group investigate charges of mismanagement of the James River Water Pipeline.
And what are their plans to resolve their ongoing dispute with the Monacan nation over a suitable location for the intake site for the pipeline? Considering that the BOS has already spent a fair portion of the ~ $50 million allocated for this project, you might want to hurry up and get your 2₵ worth in before it’s all gone.
Editor’s Note: this is an expanded version of a letter submitted to the Central Virginian, Louisa County’s paper of record.
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