The people's will is being flouted by politicians and bureaucrats
William Martin's "Cape Cod" is more than a novel, it's a treasury of history from 1620 to 1990, and written in a most readable style. One paragraph in particular caught my attention. The Cape has old grinding mills carefully preserved today, but none of the 2,000 pumping windmills that made the Cape's former salt industry possible.
Our fore-fathers knew how to use our winds not only to power ships, but as sources of power for their sustenance and their economy.
Author Martin tells it in almost poetic words:
"While the pumping mills looked like delicate herons feeding on the marsh, the grinding mill near the causeway stood as solid and serene as the First Church itself, and nearly as revered. The arms turned in the relentless wind that Cape Codders had come to know as God's breath. The wooden gears squeaked in the cap. The gears turned the great stones on the middle level of the mill. And the corn filled the bins on the first floor."
Fast forward to the present. Two out of three Cape Codders and 86% of Massachusetts citizens want to see God's breath, still blowing strong, power our electricity-dependent lifestyles, for reasons of Yankee thrift and with a sense of responsibility for their progeny and our planet.
Their obstructionism should cause them to fail in their next election What a pity that in our democracy the people's will is being flouted by politicians and bureaucrats from the president to selectmen. Their resistance to essential progress is inexplicable.
Their obstructionism should cause them to fail in their next election so some realists who are sensitive to their constituent's wishes can serve us.
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