In her recent Quick Hit, the carefully crafted language of the daily fish wrapper’s editorialist/columnist Linda Valdez conceals far more than it reveals. But know this: it’s simply another attempt at usurping power from the citizens. Currently, the liberal focus is on the deceptively named ballot initiative Open Elections/Open Government intending to gut the election system and replace it with a “top two” scheme” What its proponents are hoping for is that the two top candidates are Democrats.
There is a clue in Valdez’s cunningly chosen 69-words. It’s another misleadingly named effort to hijack our voices and our votes. We’ve been down this road before. In the early1980s there was an effort to install the system which had an equally appealing name. Sold as “Home Rule,” it was deemed a winning contender, since who among us would be opposed to ruling our own home? The measure was bandied about as a mere “housekeeping measure” dealing with “taxing authority.”
In fact the intended mission was to get citizens to the ballot box to….vote away their right to vote. Under the guise of simplifying the process, we would cede to the Board of Supervisors our ability to vote for what were contemptuously termed “line officers.
The argument always began with the office of the mine inspector — a state official. “Who knows who the mine inspector is or what he does? Why should that be an elective office?” From there it went down the line of county officers from assessor to recorder and every office in between. When the Sheriff was the topic, the incessant liberal echo was “The police chief is appointed, why not the sheriff?”
It is exactly this concept that Valdez — who despises Sheriff Joe Arpaio — is trying on for size.
The plan is to encourage voters to vote to give their votes away. Think of it as a deliberate attempt to separate you from your vote by telling you others can do it more efficiently and effectively.
There is a method to Linda Valdez’s madness. There always is. Valdez is a radical liberal who seeks to impose her extremist vision on us all.