I hate to break it to Asheville’s progressive community, but excepting a craft beer plethora; easy access to drugs; and a 7-0 monopoly on an increasingly confused City Council, you guys are losing ground.
Take a look at Asheville’s skyline and the cost of housing. Those aren’t food co-ops springing up all over town. And the $300,000 price tag on that Westville bungalow isn’t a hallucination.
You guys have spent so much time attacking — oh, the irony — Hillary’s imagined “right-wing conspiracy” you’ve missed the real conspiracy among your own.
Conspiracy, what conspiracy? Well, how about the one that finds your original dedications to liberty, progress and humanity being kidnapped by cults, crooks and crazies masquerading as civil rights advocates.
Who are we talking about? For starters, may I suggest Black Lives Matter and Antifa?
Like most radical organizations on the left or right, both are founded on anger. Justified or not, anger is addictive, and over time, like heroin, knows no bounds.
These two angry clusters mirror a pattern on the left that finds you fast becoming even more divided than the notoriously divided Republican Party. That’s an amazing feat, and we’ll be able to watch the not-so-amazing outcome come the midterms.
Where habituated anger is licensed, malice and violence toward property and persons is sure to follow. That’s why an already overworked Asheville Police Department is monitoring these groups.
Funny how special interests can so easily evolve toward selfish interests. The former is revealed by their efforts to raise awareness — the latter by the inability to resist excess. The anyway-you-like-it dedications of your side have burdened you with the insatiable.
It’s not my wish to mislead. As a Christian conservative Republican white guy, I’m not mourning the disruption. Still, as an equally dedicated culturist, I’d be amiss if I didn’t offer a suggestion or two toward recovery.
A wise man was once asked, “What’s the most important thing to people?” “To matter,” he answered. “We all need to matter.” You guys have a lot of acolytes needing better ways to matter.
A second bit of advice keys on that “anger is addictive” thing. There’s a big difference in personal or social growth and what I like to call “distraction therapy.” Though progressives love to march, scream, ridicule, deceive and knit pink vagina hats, experience tells us there’s a big difference in motion and action. Your side has a growing attachment to distraction over productive social action.
A final bit of input has potential impact on the craft beer union. Did you know that a posse of coffeehouse anarchists is targeting Asheville breweries? What greater proof of the catastrophic corruption of your movement?
It’s all going down per an indifference to America’s remarkable success equation (Liberty + Opportunity + Responsibility = Prosperity) married to an anarchical agenda seeking to replace an imperfect something with nothing. Increasingly, people with more positive and realistic views are wising up to the scam.
The erosion of the progressive movement in Asheville and elsewhere can be reduced to one thing. You’ve become a sanctuary for those believing it’s prudent to hack off an arm to cure a rash.
— Carl Mumpower
Chair, Buncombe County Republican Party