It is important for common-sense citizens to realize that in opposing the Bloc of Four in Longmont we are fighting the greater agenda of the Progressive Movement, the Modern Liberal, the Boulder Mentality–whatever you want to call it.
It seems that every issue with these leftists comes down to extreme environmentalism, fiscal irresponsibility with taxpayer monies, and basic government control of our lives and free markets. They are driven by some utopian vision; we are driven by what is right and responsible and what works.
Look at the local prairie dog issue, for example. No one wants to be cruel to wildlife, but the Progressives take it to the point where the rights of animals take precedent over the welfare of humans. This is the case at the Vance Brand airport, where prairie dogs have created a human safety issue and should be eradicated. People like Councilman Sean McCoy talk about moving the p-dogs from Longmont elsewhere, perhaps Weld County, but NOBODY WANTS THEM! Even enviro-crazed Boulder County doesn’t want them. Again it comes down to what is right and responsible and what makes sense.
Progressives often have extreme views with little truth or valid information, such as with the current Longmont vs. Firestone annexation lawsuits regarding the LifeBridge/Union development. The leftest radicals cannot win on the principles, the facts, or logic, so they go to the politics of personal destruction and religious bigotry. I could name names but any fair-minded Longmonter knows who and what I am talking about.
No commentator on the national scene better describes the pitfalls of the Progressives than conservative radio show host Mark Levin, whose latest outstanding book, “Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto” spent 12 weeks atop the New York Times’ best-seller list …
“The Modern Liberal (the Statist) believes in the supremacy of the state, thereby rejecting the principles of the Declaration and the order of civil society…For the Statist, liberty is not a blessing but the enemy. It is not possible to achieve Utopia if individuals are free to go their own way. The individual must be dehumanized and his nature delegitimized. Through persuasion, deception, and coercion, the individual must be subordinated to the state. He must become reliant on and fearful of the state. His first duty must be to the state–not family, community, and faith, all of which have potential of threatening the state. Once dispirited, the individual can be molded by the state.” (substitute the Bloc for Longmont–but no longer after Nov. 3, 2009!).