National Trend of Discontent Engulfs Cape Cod
It's 2011 and "we the people" are hopping mad! Across the USA polls are showing the Congress and President with historically low approval ratings. Here on Cape Cod more and more people are finding their voices as they step up to address many issues of purely local concern.
Memories of "Network":
"I'm mad as hell and not
going to take this anymore."
From drug crime, to municipal sewers, to school funding surprises, to public employee union contracts, to the "assassination" of John Klimm, to the drama in some of Barnstable's fire/water districts, to NSTAR's recent shameful service, to the movement towards municipal utilities - people here are "mad as hell and not going to take this anymore."
Over the past six months we have touched upon all of these issues both in news reports and in our home-spun editorials. Each time we publish on one of these hot button topics, we receive copious reader comments and also dozens of emails from concerned readers. Some come forward, a la Deep Throat, to offer us background information on a topic or to provide some good, old fashioned insider leaks.
Other readers write to express their frustration or to ask how anyone can make a difference in this morass of local politics, cronyism and venom. Scroll down to see the others.
Stop Grousing and Get Involved
The answer, dear readers, is to stop grousing and get involved. Virtually every town on Cape Cod has openings on their town committees, commissions and boards. Some positions are appointed and others are elected. Last week, for example, Orleans published an extensive list of openings. Every town government has a web site, and most of those have listings for such opportunities. For example, the Yarmouth Police Department is hosting a Crime Watch meeting tomorrow night.
If you'd rather not serve in elected or appointed office, perhaps you'd consider working in your town's Republican or Democratic Party committee. The Tea Party is putting down roots on the Cape, as well. There are also dozens of topic-specific clubs and committees such as the recently formed such as the Cape and Islands Veterans Action Committee. In some of our more crime-ridden towns, a nice group of angry citizens running a neighborhood watch might help deter some of the nonsense perpetrated by the local wanna-be "gangstas".
Whatever your political leanings, whatever your position on matters of concern in your town... the best way to be heard is to participate in the process. Yes, that's right - we're advocating that you get out from behind your computer, go meet your fellow citizens and start to advance your favorite cause, whatever that might be.
All Politics is Local
As dear old "Tip" O'Neill used to say, "all politics is local". While a few thousand Cape Cod Today readers might not effect change at a national level, they can exercise immense power locally by working in small groups to change the direction of their municipal governments.
Many people believe that our nation is the closest it has come to a revolution since 1968. People are frustrated, angry and starting to push back hard on a government they feel is out of touch with the common people. Readers like you can be the minutemen of the next American Revolution!