April 5, 2018

Ain't Democracy Grand?

The Town of Erie, which I call home, held Mayoral and Board of Trustee (BoT) elections Tuesday. The results were captured quite perfectly in this meme:

Erie_Boulder_MiniMe.jpg

This is from a private group and I'm not certain whether the poster prefers attribution or plausible deniability. A more public assessment is Channel 7's "Erie voters take a stand against oil and gas in Tuesday's election"

For those who did not follow it, it encapsulated everything wrong with politics. A town Facebook group I long enjoyed for "anybody know whose dog this is?" and "What's the best Chinese food delivery in Erie?" became all-fracking, all the time. Name calling ensued. Followed by blocking and excommunication. The pro-frackers who got kicked out started their own group, but it's mostly dirty jokes. Your equanimous blog brother remains in both groups, but the sum of the new parts is less than the old whole.

You've heard me whine that I watched this happen to my beloved Lafayette. Do I move again? To Mead? McCook, NE? How far from Boulder to escape its inexorable permeation for a period of one human life? I guess I'll lump it -- hey, Lafayette is still a nice place, even post-Boulderization. So we'll be getting municipal trash and Internet, more debt and more skate parks. C'est la guerre.

Majoritarianism rules! Property rights? Not so much. Maybe the State of Colorado will be of some help.

Colorado Posted by John Kranz at April 5, 2018 12:12 PM

Dang. I thought at the very least it would be close. It wasn't even that.

Posted by: johngalt at April 5, 2018 6:21 PM

You thought there were more Mom's that wanted to poison their children in their schools? The "fractivists" are an amazing bunch.

No sir, not close at all. I had hoped for a few BoT seats for the forces of reason and enlightenment, but everyone -- myself included -- had a list of candidates.

Eire is lost, the Visigoths have won.

Posted by: jk at April 5, 2018 6:42 PM

I have a hard time accepting that two-thirds of Erie's voting public are fractivists, or are even sympathetic to the overwrought opinions of same. Instead I think it was a knee-jerk backlash against "outside interest groups [are] spending big money on the town of Erie's election."

The Boulder Daily Camera's story headlined "Pro-fracking group pours $55K into Erie election" probably did far more harm than the $55K did good.

Posted by: johngalt at April 8, 2018 10:28 PM

All my positions always seem to suffer from a gross asymmetry of explanation. "Do you want them fracking an oil well 500' from your child's school?" I consider it wondrous that we got 33%.

Posted by: jk at April 9, 2018 11:55 AM | What do you think? [4]