By Bradley Harrington
“If men have grasped some glimmer of respect for individual rights in their private dealings with one another, that glimmer vanishes when they turn to public issues – and what leaps into the political arena is a caveman who can’t conceive of any reason why the tribe may not bash in the skull of any individual if it so desires.” – Ayn Rand, “Collectivized Ethics,” 1963 –
Concrete events often serve as mirrors of abstract ideas, and it would be difficult to find a better example than last Monday’s Cheyenne City Council meeting regarding the issue of sanitation tax increases.
As the field of GOP hopefuls expands for the 2016 race, one must ask, “Are they running to serve us, upholding our constitutional rights and liberty? Or are they just building their constituency?” Is it possible to do both? Theoretically, it is. Politically, the chances are slim to none. Which do candidates believe come first? Discount what they say when fawning for the media. Most of us who’ve been around for more than one voting cycle recall the dissonance from what the candidates say on the stump, and how he or she behaves once in office. It‘s often referred to as “buyer’s remorse.“ We’ve all experienced it at one time or another.
A pivotal meeting unfolded at Casper College’s Wold Science Building, on April 11th, 2015, where 71 County Central Committee GOP delegates, or proxies, gathered to cast their votes for the State Chairman, Vice-Chairman and Secretary of the Executive Committee. Some labeled it as a watershed event in terms of GOP future politics. A sparse number of non-voting observers filled the upper portion of the room. More than the outcome of the election was revealed in those proceedings. Outgoing Chair, Tammy Hooper gaveled her last meeting, punctuated by a deluge of unsolicited accolades from officials from around the state. Some were surprised she wasn’t immediately ushered into some ethereal location after that round of conferred appreciation of her reign.
By Bradley Harrington
“If you penny-loafer conservatives – you slaves in splendor – ever had the courage of a housecat, we’d have a free America today … Our vile ‘leaders’ are not the real enemy. You are.” ~ Kenneth Royce, “Boston’s Gun Bible,” 2009 edition
For anyone laboring under the delusion that most “conservative” Republicans in Wyoming have ever been anything other than a scared school of spineless jellyfish, that foolishness has now been blown sky high: