Standing up for the little guy everywhere
October 13, 2011
When I watch the people of the world fighting and dying for their rights and freedoms, and those “occupying” the U.S. protesting the disparities between the haves and have nots, I think I can guess how these underdogs would feel if they were asked what they thought about an election system where the establishment, the winners, can legally refuse the little guy (the losers), access to review public and anonymous ballots.
My call to make public ballots open, transparent and accessible to the public is a principle that I hold based on my overall dissatisfaction with all politics today, not because I think there is anything nefarious going on here in Aspen. I like and respect those involved in the city and I think I understand their arguments, but theirs is the argument of the “big guy” – the establishment.
What makes Aspen different from all the others, and I think makes us great, is we have always led in being on the side of the little guy. We stood up for the underdog when we opposed rampant development and environmental exploitation. It’s the little guy who created an affordable housing program and says “no” to our community being bought and sold for a quick buck. We didn’t care what the law was, we cared about the principle.
That is why I find it so ironic that our elected officials now are fighting to keep the ballots that elected them secret. That doesn’t feel right to me and regardless of what side I am on, winner or loser, I think the underdog must always have the right to challenge the establishment.
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