Do you want America to fail? | Letters
May 8, 2012 · Updated 4:03 PM
Were you one of the 250 volunteers, school children included, who helped remove more than 2,000 pounds of litter from San Juan Island’s streets, roads, and beaches April 21 in the Great Island Clean-Up?
Do you consider yourself an environmentalist?
If you answered “Yes” to either question, the San Juan County Republican Party apparently believes you want America to fail.
At least that’s the message of a video on its website entitled “Video ‘If I Wanted America to Fail’ Exposes Environmental Agenda on Earth Day,” an insulting, dishonest attack on me and most county residents who consider ourselves environmentalists.
While many of us celebrated Earth Day through good deeds and caring thoughts about the earth we share, the local Republican Party criticized through this video those of us who love our country and the environment we’re working to protect for future generations.
The position of the local Republican Party on environmental issues should not be surprising given the apparent position on voting rights of its vice chairman, reflected in his letter to the editor in the Feb. 22 edition of the Journal (“New twist on voting reform,” pg. 6).
In it, the vice chairman discusses hypothetical changes to our voting system that would give additional votes in national elections, as well as in local elections involving property taxes, in proportion to the amount one pays in federal incomes taxes and in local property taxes, respectively. As an example, the Koch brothers and Warren Buffets of the world would each receive approximately an additional 5,000 votes in presidential elections.
The author then asks at the end of his letter, “What’s unfair about that?”
Whatever happened to the Republican Party’s typical defense of the Constitution when one of its local officers suggests further skewing campaign finance and voting systems in favor of the wealthy?
Whatever happened to one person, one vote?
As the 2012 campaign season progresses and moderate Republicans and undecided voters begin forming opinions on whom to vote for in local, state, and national elections in November, they may want to keep in mind the local Republican’s video and its vice chairman’s letter.
They may also want to avoid voting for any Romulans.
David Dehlendorf/San Juan Island