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‘Safe Cities’ contrary to democratic process


Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The proponents of the creation of Safe Cities fancy themselves as fair-minded, peace-loving, humanistically motivated, forward-thinking people who are advocating for the well-being of their fellow biped. And while I believe much of this to indeed be altruistic, I also feel there exists a large measure of arrogance and presumptuousness at work here as well.

Whatever the true motivation, the fact remains that these folks are guilty of sedition — they are inciting rebellion against the authority of the state and federal government. Safe cities don’t exist because they are illegal, plain and simple. And the reason they are forbidden is because our legislative-passed laws (long before the Trump Administration came into office), that govern immigration. So when Safe City advocates defy codified law, they thumb their collective noses at the very democratic process they claim to cherish and to be fighting for. Ironic, don’t your think?

We are said to be a nation of laws arrived at through the deliberate process of collective debate and culminating in a vote before passing into codified law. Laws and statutes are all we have as a free people to protect ourselves from chaos and mob rule. Any U.S. citizen with an eighth-grade education knows we are a land of immigrants. This is not the point. The larger issue is how do you manage the influx of people in an over-populated world teeming with disaffected malcontents hell-bent on destroying everything American? Because of this reality, we need to enforce our laws and to respect the process that has historically served so many people seeking asylum and who have indeed found a better life for themselves and their loved ones. It’s not necessarily a tidy or always a completely fair process due to the sheer numbers, but it’s the system that our democratic process has given us.

Those fair-minded residents of Conway who are critical of Selectman John O’Rourke for his possible parliamentary mishandling of their Safe City initiative and for fostering what one recent writer refers to as an environment of “fear-mongering,” might do well to channel his energy into sponsoring a homeless Franklin County person, or a wounded veteran this coming winter season. I believe there are plenty of local residents and vets who could use a helping hand.

Brad Brigham

Colrain