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An Open Letter to Congressman Cory Gardner from Councilman Sean McCoy

Dear Congressman Cory Gardner,

Longmont City Councilman Sean McCoy

I am the Longmont City Council Member representing Ward 3. As the local elected official “on the ground,” I must tell you that I am very concerned and extremely disappointed with your recent voting record.

You framed your campaign and platform around job creation and fixing the economy for all economic households in your district and throughout the country. However, you have consistently wasted time, “One-upping,” your fellow freshmen congress members, over who can cut more from the budget and in the process hurt the most needy amongst our shared constituents.

Please remember your votes have a lasting effect on our community and its people.

Specifically, what do your following “Affirmative” votes have to do with job creation?
1. Prohibiting use of federal funds for Planned Parenthood,
2. Prohibiting Federal Funding of National Public Radio, and
3. Abolishing Federal Financing of Presidential Election Campaigns.

Why have you failed to work on jobs and opportunities for the communities that you represent?

Your votes appear to be promoting a social agenda and are unconnected to the goals of economic recovery. These are not the issues of the majority of our constituents. We (my constituents and I) expect you to stop playing political games with their lives and livelihoods as well as long-established community supported programs.

Your votes to terminate the Neighborhood Stabilization Program and reduce funding the Economic Development Initiative are particularly egregious and detrimental to the City of Longmont’s efforts to provide needed services and maintain employment in our community.

In short: “Grow up.” Place the genuine needs of our constituents ahead of ideologies that drive the small and radical segments of our district, ward and nation. Holding the government hostage by avoiding compromise is wrong.

I will remind you that on a global scale, the popular uprising in Egypt wasn’t just instigated because that country had a corrupt leader. Nor was it a case of too much government. The uprising occurred because Egypt had a corrupt leader combined with too little regulation to offset the predatory practices of out-of -control capitalism. In reflection, they had too little government to protect and support the people’s needs.

Pretending to fix the national condition by reducing budgets and breaking down government so it is so ineffective, inefficient and radically smaller isn’t a rational solution for most people. Furthermore, the “Tea Party’s,” irrational mantra of the untested economic theory of an unconditional “Free Market System,” doesn’t compute to rational thinkers in this world’s most successful societies where they know emphatically and correctly, that you don’t balance budgets on the backs of their societies’ most vulnerable members while giving overt advantages to the most wealthy of those same societies.

Shame on you, Cory Gardner. Stop being so radically out of touch with the Longmont community’s priorities. I/we expect you to lead with compassion and common sense and not follow the poor examples I see in you so far and in your closely politically aligned colleagues. It is inexcusable for you to be solely responsive to the deep pockets that helped pay to get you elected. Your behavior reflects a disturbingly high level of corruption.

Your votes suggest a larger personality flaw that indicates an inability to understand, empathize and support others by showing compassion to those that are less fortunate in our country.

Finally, I expect – no, I demand – that you to drop your support of these radical “Policy riders,” because they are emphatically not the values of this community. Your efforts to reduce government spending must consider all aspects of the budget, including the Entitlement of the “Military Budget.”

Thus far, your votes and decisions cause nothing but serious harm to the American people. Your actions are far from just or in the best interest of either my Ward 3 constituents or the constituency of the 4th Congressional District


Sean P. McCoy
Longmont City Council Member Ward 3

Daring to tell the truth

For at least thirty years, beginning most notably with the Reagan Administration, the nation has been steadily driving itself towards a cliff. Make no mistake, Democrats have contributed to this. Enamored with globalization and free trade agreements, America’s manufacturing and jobs steadily left our shores in search of cheap if not virtual slave labor. As if that weren’t enough, the money industry became evermore creative and devised methods of creating illusionary dollars, giving “Made in America” a whole new meaning.

There’s no mistaking that the public mood is sour. But the truth is that the much of the public is behaving and thinking irrationally.

With the media’s constant projection that Democrats are about to be creamed in November and with the steady agitation and propaganda for nearly two years by the Party of No, in tow and overwhelmed by the Tea Partiers, the electorate seems destined to be hoisted on its own petard. It appears to be determined to repeat the past and to be screwed all over again.

Although recent polls show the generic Republican beating the generic Democrat, some of those same polls show that the Republican Party’s favorability rating (24%) is even lower than that of the Democrats (33%). It simply makes no sense.

In a recent Washington Post opinion piece, Eugene Robinson questioned the current substance of the American electorate and dared to tell the truth.

“In the punditry business, it’s considered bad form to question the essential wisdom of the American people. But at this point, it’s impossible to ignore the obvious: The American people are acting like a bunch of spoiled brats.”…

“According to polls, Americans are in a mood to hold their breath until they turn blue. Voters appear to be so fed up with the Democrats that they’re ready to toss them out in favor of the Republicans — for whom, according to those same polls, the nation has even greater contempt. This isn’t an “electoral wave,” it’s a temper tantrum.”…

“The nation demands the impossible: quick, painless solutions to long-term, structural problems.”

We haven’t yet gone over the cliff, We lost control of the vehicle and ended in a ditch before we could reach that cliff. Whether we go over that cliff depends upon who pulls that vehicle out of the ditch, who repairs it, and which direction it is pointed when the vehicle gains momentum. We didn’t get to where we are over night and not just in the eight years of George W. Bush, although those eight years took us to the brink.

The 21st century needs restructuring . It requires new foundations. It needs a new motherboard.

Our infrastructure needs repair, replacement and innovation. Our nation needs to be weaned from its dependence on fossil fuels. Our national security requires that our dependence on foreign oil be ended and our position in the world needs redefinition. Consumer protections need implementation in any number of areas. A “green economy” needs a kick start for both economic and environmental reasons. In essence, our entire institutional vision and structure needs a sharp turn away from the direction that first surfaced in the early 70s and has been driving us towards calamity ever since.

The massive changes and challenges that face us will require years of effort. But as Robinson says:

“[T]he American people don’t want to hear any of this. They want somebody to make it all better. Now.” [emphasis added]

Some people, like Eugene Robinson, tell the truth, and others simply play on it. The Republican Party and its operatives are not stupid. They read the weaknesses of the American public quite well.

At the core of the Republican interpretation of human nature is the belief that people are bad, sinful, and selfish. So they craft their messages, both in style and in substance, to play to those traits, and in so doing reinforce them.

Are there bad people on this planet? There certainly are. Some are even close to home. But I don’t share the belief that humanity is fundamentally bad and sinful. I would be remiss, however, if I didn’t acknowledge that human nature has a strong and broad selfish streak.

Selfishness, for most people, is a leftover characteristic of childhood. And some people are either unwilling or unable to get beyond that. These people may become parents. Woe to the rest of us when these parents teach their offspring those traits that they never outgrew. And too many eventually find their way to the Republican Party as it now exists as both leaders and followers.

Are Americans going to allow themselves to be duped and manipulated by The Party of NO? Or are they going to demonstrate that they have the knowledge and judgment to sift through the agitation and propaganda that the Republican Party has foisted on the nation from the moment Barack Obama was elected as President of the United States? Are we going to be mature enough to recognize the hard work ahead of us and to know that it will require shared sacrifice, thoughtfulness, patience and a new vision? The answer to these questions will be known on November 3rd and will determine the future of this nation. We are a democracy. The choice is ours. Take a deep breath and vote responsibly.