Today it’s all spin
So, 2012 is another national election year, otherwise known as The Silly Season. If it weren’t so dangerously so, it would almost be laughable. Almost.
I’ve become increasingly concerned over the current trend of political candidates who spout banal statements, out of a can, that say nothing as to what they really think about a particular subject. Or, they say nothing at all. Standing up and strongly expressing one’s own opinion on important subjects makes one unpopular, disqualifies one from election, or results in back-peddling, also known as spin.
Even in Morgan County, we have politicians who will not take a position on something that may well mean disaster for Morgan County down the road. Of course, if one has been following my cause-de-jour of late, it will be obvious that I am talking about the corporate and governmental tyranny known as hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.”
Our representative to the West Virginia State Legislature, Delegate Daryl Cowles, has thrice refused to speak publically about fracking or to even voice an opinion. One of those times involved an invitation from Cecelia Mason of West Virginia Public Radio, who wanted to get a group with diverse views on the subject to sit down for a roundtable talk that would be broadcast on-air.
At least, Cowles has the excuse of having been supported by Big Coal (which puts him between a rock and a hard place), because saying anything now might lead to a lose-lose situation in the future. But he needn’t worry this time around, since he is running unopposed. Better not to say a word.
How have we gotten to this point? Have we forgotten the original July 4th and its meaning? It used to be a day when people gathered for public orations by local politicians and personalities, as well as national ones, speaking on our patriotic duty to stand up against tyranny. But silence is golden and will probably continue until time runs out and everyone realizes it’s too late.
Perhaps we should all just give serious consideration to this statement by lawyer Dick Gay to the Morgan County Marcellus Shale Study Commission on fracking: “The State says we can’t do anything. You might as well buy into it and make some money.
Oh, and hire a good lawyer.”
John C. Webster