Recent political events in the city of Richmond and statewide have conservatives grumbling. Like a disturbingly large portion of the rest of the country, the leadership in both political parties here appears devoid of skill in putting the word "no" to effective use. Too many politicians, too many citizens as well, seem to believe anyone attempting to use the word belongs in an asylum with Bloomberg and Akins.
Imagine their surprise when the orchestra strikes the note. Democracy has such a word? What does it mean? It sounds so strange. It must be foreign political humor of some kind. No one here really believes it.
Fossil fuels won't finally run out soon, but when they eventually do there will be no choice to believe it.
Long before that, the damages from too much "yes" will be apparent, even as current budget problems give a mere inkling. The visionaries are indeed few, but the vision is clear. They may only grumble now from their cells. They may only dream of influencing the nominations. Breaking them out will likely be too late for the state elections this November.
To quote the more dynamic and influential among the Tea Party, "You heard it here first," noting the historic scope of the recent tax increase for transportation. Perhaps that's too late as well since Washington D.C.'s traffic problem has likely become Virginia's. More than just the traffic a political levee has broken. The nation's capital is no longer purple, no longer decked with red and blue borders.
Machinations in Richmond's police department have also awakened a few, spread the vision. Government seems off its track. So who will set the course, these few grumbling conservatives? Perhaps not soon, but there are signs of change.
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