The good news this election cycle is that true Progressives have a great candidate in Elaine Lite. She has called for a short moratorium on development while we formulate a substantive, development-control plan. Even better, she believes that Asheville’s citizens should decide how many people and how much development we want in our city.
All the other candidates seem to be honest, intelligent people, but they also seem to be super, superstitiously subservient to capitalism’s God of the Invisible Hand. They actually believe this God’s absurd claims that the best decisions are made by often nonlocal, giant corporations or other big property interests. They’re convinced that an invisible hand will magically transform these giant businesses’ insatiable, global self-interest into our local community’s best interests. We’re still in the Dark Ages!
In a better world, I’d also recommend voting for Bryan Freeborn. I did vote for him in the primary. Mr. Freeborn has voted against particular developments more times than any other incumbent. Sadly, voting for him may cause Ms. Lite to lose, because the betting odds are in favor of Brownie Newman and Jan Davis, and that may leave only one spot open. Ms. Lite has a more comprehensive vision, and so I’ll probably vote only for her.
The bad news is that North Carolina Democrats are almost completely denied our one-person-one-vote rights in this election cycle’s presidential race. By the time the Democratic primary reaches North Carolina, our presidential candidate will almost certainly have already been selected. In addition, in the general election, North Carolina is a solid Republican state. All N.C. electoral votes will almost certainly go to the Republican candidate.
Our votes might as well not be cast. Why doesn’t the ACLU file lawsuits in every county of every state to eliminate our primitive Electoral College system, and especially [to] change our ridiculous party primary arrangements? We’re still in the Dark Ages!
— Bill Branyon