It is unfortunate that some in opposition to the amended Flagstaff Regional Plan have had to resort to labeling and name calling in their effort to get their way. What they fail to realize is a community is much more than just their point of view and if we are to respect the democratic process, compromise is needed to ensure all Flagstaff residents are represented.
A local special interest group has been riling their membership up with calls to action over the past week to not support the amended plan…
“Tell them we want to be able to vote on the CAC written Regional Plan, not a Tea Party edited plan”
“Walk on over to City Hall to oppose the Tea Party edited version of the Regional Plan”
I find it ironic that the name calling and labeling is largely coming from a group that often touts “inclusivity”, “compassion” and in their mission statement envisions a “socially just community” and encourages “the democratic process”.
How can you claim to champion these ideals yet actively besmirch, ridicule and label those that oppose your point of view? How is that “socially just”? How does that “encourage” or “respect” the “democratic process”?
I am confident that the vast majority of people who spoke in favor of changes are not Tea Party members. But even if they were, are they not a part of our Community? Does the “democratic process” and social inclusion this local special interest group expound end when disagreement arises?
I would suggest my friends in this local special interest group look in the mirror and re-read their mission statement. You lose credibility and lose your argument when you resort to name calling and labeling.
VOTE ON AMENDED REGIONAL PLAN THIS TUESDAY AT 6:00PM.