I'm just not a very political person, and maybe naively assume that all
politicians engage in the field from a genuine desire to the do the right
thing for the constituencies they serve. In my heart, I hope all leaders
recognize that a democracy rests on the educative attainments of its
population, and that good discussion, debate, and compromise form the
basis for a pluralistic and democratic society. At least that is my hope.
It was disconcerting then to read the following headline published
recently, "CONFIRMED: Maine Gov. LePage Met With Terrorist Group That
Wants to Hang Democratic Leaders and Predicts Jews Will Commit Christian
Holocaust." Of course, this inflammatory headline was meant to garner
interest, and I'm sure it did for some voters in Maine. The confirmation
of the headline was articulated by MPBN, the public broadcasting system in
the state of Maine, not known itself for inflammatory statements.
Cooper goes on the assert the following information confirmed by MPBN.
"McCarthy, whose Sovereign Citizen ties include the Constitutional
Coalition, says that he was at the State House to discuss the group’s
concerns with the governor. Among those topics, McCarthy says, was their
belief that Democratic Maine Senate President Justin Alfond and House
Speaker Mark Eves should both be tried for treason."
This is somewhat disconcerting but my reasons for concern may be different
than other people's concerns.
I would ask questions, and hope for some answers.
What was the intention behind the meetings which spanned a 10 month period?
Did the Governor fully understand the implication of series of meetings
with such a radical group?
Was this an appropriate use of the Governor's time?
Could that time have been spent more productively on issues relating to
the education of Maine's children?
Aside from the politically inflammatory nature of the issues inherent in
these meetings, I must ask if we have lost our way in what the role of
state government should be?