Now, far be it from me to say that the anti-development crowd who won the recent Cary and Raleigh elections has "convictions," at least in the criminal sense. But it seems to me that someone who has "convictions," in the sense of ideals, ought to be reasonably proud of them. Or, if they are NOT proud of them, one wonders about why that is.
In Cary, everyone saw the "McAllister Lied, Good Trees Died" signs that were scattered around town. After the election, I inspected one such sign closely, and there is no name of a responsible person or organization on it. If a candidate put these out, he would be violating election law by omitting the "paid for by the Joe Schmoe Committee" on the sign. Maybe that is OK. I certainly do not agree with laws that infringe on the First Amendment, no matter how slightly, without a very compelling reason. That is what laws like this do. Thus, I am not calling for an investigation or anything, just setting up my next point.
What I do believe is that there are COWARDS in our political midst who will lob an unsubstantiated allegation at a political figure, without giving a return address.
I do not believe that Ernie McAllister is a liar. What is he supposed to have lied about? When was it supposed to have happened? What is he supposed to do to defend his reputation? Start putting out signs that say, "I am not a liar?" This is dirty political pool. All is fair, I suppose, but it makes me wonder who in Cary is such a COWARD that they will not stand behind what they say.
Similarly, there were "Re-Elect Nobody" signs around Cary. And just so that you do not think that there was a low supply of small print, it says at the bottom, "Note: This doesn't apply to Erv Portman because he was appointed, not elected." But, alas, this one was printed by abject COWARDS as well, as there was no attribution. At least, it did not impugn the character of anyone.
There was also the "Vote Yes on Bonds" signs scattered all about the county. These also had no attribution, but at least this was a positive (though, in my mind misguided) message as it promoted rather than denigrated something.
Maybe these people were just forgetful, instead of being COWARDS. Note that there was no mention of the "I sure hope you like your tax bill as soon as we start paying for these. Not to mention the school bonds we just passed. Or next year's school bonds. Or whatever else we can think of spending money on until you stop us." I would not want to be the one who is remembered as The Man Who Raised The Tax Bills, either, so I can understand not wanting to be identified with this issue later on down the road. I vote for COWARDS on this one, too.
Most interesting was the "Save Cary" sign, put up (apparently) by someone associated with the www.davisandhighhouse.org website. Of course, when I found an abandoned sign after the election on the right of way, I was surprised (but not THAT surprised) to see that the hand-lettered sign was on a stolen Don Frantz campaign sign that was turned inside out.
Since they put the above URL on the sign, we know who the thief was, or at least with whom the thief was associated!
These lefties who are selling the message of "no growth, now that *I* am down here from New Jersey" must realize that normal people do not share that view. There are things that we need to do a much better job of, in dealing with that growth, but normal people do not want the Triangle area to become stagnant instead of thriving, nor do they want an enclave for the wealthy where average people can no longer afford to live. These are surely the wages of a "no-growth" policy.
So I understand why the no-growth people who made these signs did not want attribution. But that still makes them COWARDS.
Editor's Note: Weaver is a candidate for NC House District 35, runnning against Rep. Jennifer Weiss. He is a Cary real estate broker and can be reached at http://www.ilovecary.com