A nation ignorant and free, that never was and never shall be. Thomas Jefferson
For those new to Nevada County our Ms Reinette Senum (pictured) needs a bit of an introduction. She is the former mayor of Nevada City and a local liberal activist who has promoted many collectivist causes hereabouts. I have worked with her and have always found her to be very energetic and good-hearted. Her enthusiasm may at times be short-lived, but while she has the bit in her teeth about some project she will then be at it 24/7 until it either gets done or a better project comes along. It is not always easy (at least for me) to follow the threads of her thinking, but her good nature and polished public persona more than make up for such trifles with local audiences.
As a member of our newspaper’s editorial board, Reinette wrote a column – ‘Youth should not let Grandma and Grandpa determine their future’ – in a recent (3feb16) Union that made two strong points in her heartfelt plea to encourage young people to vote in this election. The first was explicit and advised the young not to listen to their older relatives about matters that impact the upcoming elections. The second was implicit in the message that you should vote whether or not you know anything about the candidates or issues. Nowhere did the good lady advise her young audience – which today has plumbed new depths of dumbth – to study up on the things on which they will cast their ballots. The message was ‘Get your butt into that voting booth and you can do no wrong – never mind your head, just follow your heart!’ More specifically -
Do you realize it’s your grandparents who are still driving the car? Do you realize that if you don’t speak up and do something (aka vote) then the car will never go in the direction you desire and deserve?