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In driving around the country, I was struck by how many political signs continue to litter the roadside a month after the primaries. And unless one is blind, it’s fairly obvious whose they are. One would think that their supporters would have enough respect for others to take them down now they’ve served their purpose, as did our two local candidates.
While blaming outsiders and foreigners is something of local pastime around here, this abandoned signage is an indication of a more intractable problem, one which begins with contempt for others. Particularly for those who aren’t members of their “tribe.”
And apparently, it’s an attitude which extends to even to tribal members — if the election results weren’t to their liking.
And it’s a level of disrespect which is much harder to define, because of its simplicity, minimalism and lack of substance. A quality some might call willful ignorance.
Like Kellyanne Conway’s recent interview on Faux Noise, where she succeeded in making Cliffs Notes look like heavy reading after using flashcards and a red marker to respond to allegations about the Drumpf’s campaign and now administration colluding with the Russians.
Painfully unaware of just how badly she had jumped the shark …. I mean gone the “full Sesame Street.” Where a more accurate portrayal should have been:
Another example of conservative disdain for others can be seen on full display in downtown Louisa. Anyone who’s ever driven through town knows there’s a building usually so covered with political signs one would be hard pressed to find an exposed brick. Yet today, there are none.
Since that building belongs to the head of Louisa’s Republican Party, and presumably they are supporting the “only supervisor with an “R” by his name,” along with the fellow who defeated him in the 56th district primary, the absence of any signage is telling.
And it’s also a lack of respect characterized by petty deeds; like blocking users from commenting on their Facebook pages, as is the case with Dave Brat, Duane Adams, and even the CV. To outright lying about and smearing others, a “tactic” we’ve seen from Bryce Reeves, and now Congressman Garrett.
Their denials, deflections, and distractions are nothing new; we’ve seen them time and time again, since apparently they are the only things in their authoritarian playbook that still work.
And when it comes to getting the job done, it always helps to know what the right tools are, and especially how to use them. Something that judging from her constituents FB page separates Stephanie Koren from the rest of her fellow supervisors, where she lays out the many issues before Board of Supervisors in clear easy to understand language.
An open and honest approach to informing her constituents which stems from her commitment to implementing “best practices” and using the correct tools for governing responsibly, rather than a nail gun to change a tire so to speak. Along with her ability to recognize that in a complex world, you’re going to need thoughtful solutions, not slogans.
These are some of the reasons why Democrats and progressives in Louisa, and particularly those in the Mineral district should consider supporting her re-election to the Board of Supervisors this November. So for those who would say “but she’s not a Democrat,” I would remind them that coalitions, like politics often make for strange bedfellows.
And just in case anybody has forgotten — what happens at the county level affects us all far more than actions at the state and federal level.
When you consider all the issues and financial pressures the board faces; from high speed internet, to the James River pipeline and the Central Virginia Regional Jail, the last thing we need a board so divided that all of their decisions are split along partisan lines, or where most decisions will be settled behind closed doors long before they ever comes to a vote.
Another reminder that if we as Democrats and progressives are serious about taking back control of who represents us at the local and state level, along with Congress in 2018, we should think long and hard about expanding our list of allies beyond the usual suspects.
Especially in the case of someone like Ms. Koren. Because her opponent, Duane Adams, like so many of the states Replicants is being backed by outside sources, including Americans for Prosperity, the financial and logistical support arm of the Koch brothers controlled group, ALEC. An organization which has controlled the General Assemblies legislative agendas for over a decade.
Nor is it a coincidence that Adam's son happens to be Senator Bryce Reeve’s finance manager, since Reeves is another one of AFP's stealth candidates. An ideal position to serve as a cut out man, devoted to concealing the true sources of his fathers and Reeves support.
So it would be most interesting to hear what Mr. Adams, or even some of our current board members have to say as they come up for re-election this year and in 2019 when asked about their relationship with ACCE, not to be confused with the better known Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives.
Perhaps if there is enough of this clandestine skullduggery it will convince Ms. Korn and other sensible conservatives to go the full Joe Scarborough and switch parties. Because like Mike Silberman who tried to run for Sheriff as a Republican in 2015, it should be clear that the Republican Party Louisa will never give her, or anyone else who doesn’t practice their ideology — and won’t blindly follow their orders — the time of day.
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