Sometimes watching local politics is a little like watching one of those robot vacuum cleaners keep smashing headlong into the wall in front of it. No matter how many times it smacks into that wall it will try again evidently hoping for a different result. Mission Viejo has its own mighty little band of mindless robots smashing repeatedly into walls – I call them the naysayers.
This hearty band of naysayers even have their own publication in which they repeatedly “publish” their “views” and “opinions.” Last week I reported on a nonsensical post in that publication that condemned the City of Mission Viejo for partially funding movie nights in the park, arts and crafts classes at the senior center and City sponsored pancake breakfasts. Rather than admitting that this was a ridiculous attack on something of great value and minimal cost, several group member were up in arms freely slinging accusations and and condemnations. I rarely have had this much fun with folks so ill suited for a battle of wits.
Rather than just let this issue pass, this miniscule publication attacked again:
Returning to the message of last week’s post, the function of government is not to entertain. If a city government met its responsibilities and had money left over, it should lower taxes instead of continuing to take money to become the people’s entertainment center. When government usurps a private-sector role, private initiative will diminish or take its enterprise elsewhere.
I am happy that these folks are going to tell us the role of government – it would be awful to have to form our own opinions about that – oh wait, we have the responsibility to do just that in a democracy – form our own opinion as to the role of government and then vote accordingly. Mr. Tyler and crew are just upset that they are constantly spanked by the electorate in the polling place. In fact, Mr. Tyler continually tells the electorate how stupid they are for not voting in the way he recommends.
Even though he professes to be a Republican, he has espouse a consistently ANTI private property rights position. Last year Mr. Tyler penned the now infamous Measure D that was placed on the Mission Viejo ballot. This was the ultimate NIMBY (Not In My BackYard) measure aimed at stopping all use and re use of property within Mission Viejo. Thankfully the electorate was smart enough to see this and defeated Measure D 62% to 38%.
Ironically, one of the rallying calls of the Naysayers is for the “return to civility at City Hall.” Until the naysayers stop and think about what they are saying, they are creating an atmosphere of antagonism that makes civility very difficult.