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In his May 30 letter to The SUN titled “Republic,” Darrel Cotton tries to defend calling the voters sheep in his letter from the previous week, using a tired-and-true, and tried-and-true ploy from the Status Quo Playbook: No. 1 Denial.
His exact words were, “It is not surprising that mob mentality would erroneously conclude that shepherding a mob through a successful election would overturn our Constitution.” (May 16 SUN letter) It was not our constitution the voters of Pagosa Springs overturned. It was his power to make decisions in a vacuum. Problem is, he called us sheep, in writing.
So, the plain facts are that a group of citizens took grassroots political action, that illuminated a serious problem, then proposed a solution to the voters that solved the problem by returning some decisions to the people, in a very “successful election.”
Wiggle and deny all you want, but calling a successful campaign “shepherding,” is exactly calling the voters sheep.
This was in spite of Darrel’s Team’s earlier, well publicized and documented playbook attempts to No. 2, Delay the election, and No. 3, Derail the people’s efforts. “‘True’ Friends of Reservoir Hill.” Really?
Darrel’s response to this election is a typical Team Status Quo “post game” analysis: Blame the referee for the loss. This is also right out of their tattered Playbook: No. 4 Defame. If the people disagree with you (three to one in this case), then they must have been “herded” to the polls, and fooled into voting overwhelmingly against your position. Are we only sheep if we disagree?
Whatever you do, Mr. Cotton, don’t use this as an opportunity to assess your position, or as a wakeup call, or as a sign that you might not know the people as well as you think.
Better to boil it down to Sheep and Sheepherders. That’s simple. And it might have worked 20 years ago, but people are smarter and more aware than you clearly give them credit for. They showed you that at the polls, if only you were looking for insight instead of victory.
They’re just not buying it anymore. Like it or not. Realize it or not. The world is complex. Issues and problems are complex, even at the local level here in Pagosa Springs. People know and understand this. They demand leaders who know and understand it as well. Or at least those who don’t actively resist it, and respect them and their will. Short of that, or until then, they will “lead the leaders,” through the ballot box, as they did on Reservoir Hill.