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Not all politics are this local...

Sometimes it amazes me just how self-important small-town politicians can get. For the last few years, it's been a staple of some small liberal enclaves in Vermont and Massachusetts have been passing resolutions for President Bush's impeachment. (I think this might date back to the 80's, when a bunch of towns considered themselves "nuclear-free zones" and outlawed nuclear weapons or power plants within their borders.) Brookline, Massachusetts has been one of them. (All you need to know about the ritzy suburb of Boston is that Michael Dukakis calls it home. 'Nuff said.)

I've always thought this was stupid. No, stupidity epitomized. Public officials are elected to deal with specific areas of responsibility. Local officials should be dealing with local issues, and time and money spent on impeaching Bush is time and money not spent on schools, roads, sewers, public services, and other local concerns.

Well, last night, Brookline voted to impeach President Bush. Well, technically, they voted to call upon their Congressional delegation to support efforts to impeach him (proving that they are not completely divorced from reality, but merely on a trial separation).

According to the Globe, about a score of residents walked out in disgust, and I don't blame them. I spend a lot of time here kicking around national politics, but I don't make a point of ranting about it at every opportunity. At the day job, I almost never bring up national politics, simply because it isn't relevant.

Town meetings are for town issues. If folks want to get together and lean on their elected federal representatives, more power to them. But to do so at the expense of actually paying attention to local concerns at a town meeting is narcissistic stupidity.


Comments (13)

Yeah, they are especially s... (Below threshold)
jp2:

Yeah, they are especially stupid because now their phones will be on double-secret-illegal tapping.

jp2<a href="http://z... (Below threshold)
scsiwuzzy:
Impeachment? Bah! My ... (Below threshold)

Impeachment? Bah! My Nuclear-Free Berkeley has had sanctions against South Africa for quite some time now. Also a resolution supporting the gay teletubbie.

The people of Ma. have been... (Below threshold)
Scrapiron:

The people of Ma. have been bought and paid for so long they no longer have a mind of their own. Have they ever elected or even backed anyone out of the multi-billionaire clans? If Saddam, the Saudi's and U.E. want a state they can buy Ma. fairly cheap by the same standards they bought idiots like Dimmy Carter, Algore and the Clintons. Reminds me of the time the lefties were screaming Bush and Lay when in fact Lay was sleeping with someone in the White House throughout the 90's. Not only supid, they are blind to.

SCSI - very creative! I'm a... (Below threshold)
jp2:

SCSI - very creative! I'm a "moonbat" and I need more "tin-foil."

Keep working it, brother. Next time, just call me poopy-pants and we'll move on.

Not only supid, they are... (Below threshold)
Lee:

Not only supid, they are blind to.

Hmmmmm. Stupid is as stupid does. I guess it's all relative.

It is perhaps indicative of... (Below threshold)

It is perhaps indicative of how far Brookline has fallen into the depths of depravity that it is now mentioned as the home of Mike Dukakis.

Time was, not too long ago, when its claim to fame was as the birthplace of John F. Kennedy.


Hey, Brookline! Impeach THIS!

How is it there is no top/d... (Below threshold)
Semanticleo:

How is it there is no top/down to political leadership?

Bush has utilized his power to implement national
policy so well that it leaves townships begging.

Anyway, it is not a valid criticism to point to
the affluence of the constituency. At least some
of the rich recognize the concept 'noblesse oblige'.

jp2 -I am very sor... (Below threshold)

jp2 -

I am very sorry for you.

But really, that was a bit too much information.

Hope you get control of your problem soon!

Depends would help!... (Below threshold)
virgo:

Depends would help!

Brookline, MA: bithplace of... (Below threshold)
kevino:

Brookline, MA: bithplace of Governor Michael Dukakis

They do this at local meeti... (Below threshold)

They do this at local meetings because it's the only place they can do it. When you get to talking about federal issues at (say) Congressional meet-the-peasants constituent assemblies, they get drowned out by the vast majority of sane members of the audience, and any 'vote' is unlikely to go their way.

Doing it at town meetings takes the regulars by surprise, and if in order to get back to the real business at hand, they have to take an utterly meaningless vote, they will. Makes good publicity for the tinfoil wearers, gets them a good write up, makes them feel good, and accomplishes precisely nothing in the way of changing the world.

We should give back Mass. a... (Below threshold)
RA:

We should give back Mass. and New Hampshire to the British. Let them deal with the stupid liberal socialists.




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