The local hard right always has been an incorrigible bunch — full of venom if you dare to question their rigid, inflexible and myopic views. They used to have some local political clout too, polarizing our community over NH2020 and other issues.
They are not exactly mainstream thinkers: global warming denialism and Agenda 21 conspiracies dance in their heads, and they go so far as to defend pejorative terms such as “rag heads” and “anchor babies.”
In a small town, many conservatives prefer to look the other way and ignore their rants — easier now that their relevancy has vastly decreased. Signs of political moderation appear in our community everyday, as regular readers know.
The “right wing nuts” latest political whipping boy is county Supervisor Nate Beason, handily re-elected to a third term over their tea-party candidate Sue McGuire earlier this summer.
Beason is a respected, educated and well-liked conservative. But the hard right can’t control him, as they have with many conservative “electeds” in the past. This bugs them to no end.
Beason joined Supervisor Ed Scofield in voting against a land-use plan at the airport (part of a Federal Aviation Administration directive), and some vociferous developers sued the County (and persuaded the City of Grass Valley to go along). The case has since been settled out of court.
I’ve read the settlement, and there’s nothing significant that was sacrificed on the Airport Land-Use Commission’s end, including the developers’ attorney’s fees.
But election results and court settlements don’t stop the hard-right ideologues, many of whom remind me of the cartoon character Baby Huey, a giant baby.
This week, Beason went out of his way to seek the community’s views on Proposition 31 — including theirs — at a Supervisors meeting. Prop. 31 seeks to improve government accountability, though it is imperfect — at best.
Beason was going to take the views back to the Regional Council of Rural Counties, where he’d vote on the community’s behalf. A majority of the board, with progressive Terry Lamphier abstaining, voted to state their opposition to the proposition.
But that still wasn’t good enough for the hard right to needle Beason, because he dared to question their specious, partisan theory that the proposition was tied to Agenda 21. A parade of speakers showed up at the meeting to speak out against the proposition and Agenda 21.
“These apparently are the dots that Supes Beason and Lamphier were not able/willing to connect,” hard-right blogger George Rebane ranted on KVMR.
Lumping Beason and Lamphier into the same sentence is like mixing oil and vinegar (at least politically) — and it is misleading.
Once again, the hard right has shown the rest of us that even when you side with them, you still lose.
As Republicans, they are eating their own. They act like big babies — apt for a Saturday morning TV cartoon.
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