For the past few days, I’ve been reading and studying comments made on Calhoun’s Cannon. After reading what some of these people are writing, it repels me from writing about the specific topic of Los Osos wastewater. The conversation becomes so rigid and tempers continuously flare… over comments made in a blog article? Is this what Los Osos has turned into? Anonymous jabs by community elitists, blowhards and pseudo-scientists? It blows me away.
When I’ve made physical appearances at CSD board meetings, I’ve never had anyone approach me or start some sort of discussion, but when I step into the blogging medium to issue a comment, suddenly people start saying a lot to me, but because they’re anonymous, they can be hostile and unrepentant. Being anonymous gives people this intoxicating power to be the kind of person that they can’t be in a public setting. Gee… and people wonder why this town is so divisive?
I noticed that people who are representatives of Taxpayers Watch or claim to be supporters of Taxpayers Watch tend to inflate the numbers so that they represent the “majority” of Los Osos. I’ve seen a lot of comments from them that say something like, “We and the majority of the community believe you are [blank]
You will never hear me say, “I represent the majority of Los Osos,” or, “I am an authority in Los Osos,” because I know where my place is. I know that I’m not speaking for my neighbors and the community. I’m speaking as someone who lives in the Prohibition Zone and if people agree with my stance, they are more than welcome to stand with me and I will be more than happy to stand with them. Everyone can lead. Taxpayers Watch may have a lot to say, but if they are leaders, they are not people that ought to lead given the lack of actual grassroots taxpayer representation. Instead, they file lawsuits that — to this day — show no actual public benefit unless they write out a check to every homeowner of the Prohibition Zone for the debt caused by the previous board incarnation.
The moment people say, “I’m an expert. I’m a leader,” they disqualify themselves from being a fit leader. One thing that Barack Obama taught us was that the campaign to change Washington was not about him. It was about us. The selflessness found in his message was something that should inspire everyone to take the “me” part out of politics. Unfortunately, Taxpayers Watch is full of “me” pundits. People like Lynette/Lou Tornatzky and Joyce Albright have only shown expertise in knowledge that only they believe to be true, not the truth. The truth is that there is more than one answer, one solution to Los Osos and that truth can only be expressed by those who are willing to stand with others and build a consensus.