It would appear that my previous post, “The Haunting Question” has struck a nerve with my friend George Rebane, inspiring him to write a response entitled “The muddled middle”. In it, he tasks me to find where conservatives have ever desired to “pave every acre of an earth ruled by multi-national corporations and the almighty dollar.” Since he has thrown down the gauntlet, I must respond.
Let’s start with Nevada County. Now if we could magically turn back the clock, lets imagine what it might be like if conservatives didn’t have those tree-hugging, frog-loving communists to spoil everything.
First, there would be no Yuba River. Bridgeport would be under several hundred feet of water. The same goes for the town of Washington. There would be enough water to fuel the kind of sprawl that so enamors the “build it and they will come” crowd. All four of the special district developments surrounding Grass Valley would have gotten the green light years ago, so that today they would be half-built monuments to hubris like those in Lincoln and so many other California cities that were bedazzled by the promise of unlimited tax revenue. The Nevada County Land Trust would never have happened, because we know they are all commies and what good is land that sits there and does nothing?
Nevada City’s population would be triple what it is today, serviced by big box stores that would have crushed local businesses like SPD. In fact, most of the twin cities area would resemble Glenbrook. The bigger, the gaudier, the better. It’s the free market, baby, get out of the way. All of these proposals have been made in my lifetime, and when they didn’t happen conservatives grumbled about “oppressive government.”
Conservatives have served some purpose here, though. They have managed to keep building despite the efforts of the progressive elites from turning the county into an exclusive playland like Marin County. When the Gang of Four attempted to foist another layer of bureaucracy on top of the state and federal mandates, they rose up and said “enough!” The current board is a level headed bunch, and have done a fairly good job of keeping the county afloat during these trying times.
That is the product of balance and compromise, and it has served us well in my opinion. Sure, we have problems, but compared to so many other jurisdictions we have it pretty good here. It’s a pity that it is so out of whack in Sacramento and Washington.
So yes, George, I do hope that these competing philosophies can resolve their differences without coming to blows. And I do believe that the only way an electorate so evenly divided can ever hope to have it all “their way” is at gunpoint, or by initiating a India/Pakistan type division which would be a logistical nightmare. If Republicans and Democrats can’t get their heads out of their rectums, then it’s time to find others who can. This is, after all, the land of possibilities.