Politics The Difference Between Conservatives and Liberals
posted by April 2 at 16:16 PMon
Progressives are wimps. At least when compared to conservatives.
Case in point. Erica’s got a story in today’s paper about how anti-transit conservatives are putting together an initiative for “governance reform” (meaning: death) for Sound Transit. Conservatives tried to push the measure through the legislature this Winter, but it got shot down.
So, what do conservatives like John Stanton do? They write up a spiffy initiative and get to work dismantling Sound Transit themselves by taking “governance reform” to the ballot.
Meanwhile, the near-Super-Majority Democrats in Olympia cave to the BIAW and ice a consumer rights bill for home buyers, and what do progressives do? I don’t know. Smoke pot?
I wrote a column a couple of weeks ago as the session came to a close calling on progressive activists (oxymoron nowadays?) to do exactly what Stanton and his conservative buddies are doing: Take matters into their own hands. (Added bonus of running the home buyers’ rights initiative: Not only would progressives get a good law on the books, but they’d force the BIAW to spend money trying to defeat it. Burn.)
I know. I know: Tech billionaires like Stanton have the money to run initiatives while liberals supposedly don’t.
That’s a big “supposedly.” And it’s not true. Rob Glaser. Nick Hanaeur. Bill Marler. George Heidorn. Matt Loschen. Peter Goldman. This is a region of big donor liberals.
Why do conservatives attack on all fronts, pushing legislation and running ballot measures … while liberals twiddle their thumbs?