Congratulations are due to Asheville’s liberal socialist progressives for their success in eliminating all meaningful diversity of thought from our City Council. Comfort is certainly preferable to the distress of exposure to multiple angles of view. Simplicity and a gentle buzz are assured by our city’s commitment to seven flavors of the same Kool-Aid.
Though politicians like to be defined by their words, image and promises, actions are the only authentic measuring instrument. A review of political actions and voting records of our current Council reveals seven liberals and, inconveniently for those who preach diversity and inclusion, no one remotely operating as a moderate or conservative. (Sorry, guys: An occasional stance in support of morality, financial realism and commerce speaks to impulse or political opportunism, not principle.) It's where you live, not where you visit, that determines your home base.
Going forward, those few liberal-minded Asheville souls running off conscience instead of habit might ponder their political mascot status. The majority of us — pretend conservatives as surely as autopilot liberals — remain pawns to crony capitalism, or a bird of the same feather, crony socialism. Culture vultures differ in color, not agenda.
Quietly awaiting our attention rests an honest free-market system dedicated to liberty, opportunity and responsibility — the model of governance envisioned by our Founding Fathers. Unlike today’s crop of please-and-appease politicians, they understood we do not uplift our fellow man by making him more dependent on the least dependable thing in the universe — politicians. We are busily abandoning our success equation to our own peril — one emotion, habit, vote and pretender at a time.
— Carl Mumpower