Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Walmart and The People vs. The Other People

So Ballston’s town board voted for a moratorium on building because the majority of the town was concerned about the impact of a new planned Walmart. As noted here earlier, a 6 month moratorium supported by the majority of the people and voted on by the Town Board seems like the sign of a functioning representational democracy. On to the lawsuits. Apparently the people who own the land that would have been sold to Walmart are suing the Town Board. Guess what they are suing these elected officials for?

“the suit alleges the Town Board caved to public opinion”

How dare those bastards?! Caving into the public. Who do they think they are?!

“The suit also alludes to a possible political motivation, mentioning that Wal-Mart opponents threatened not to vote for the Town Board members”

Is that legal? Can you tell an elected official that you won’t vote for them unless they represent your views?! That sounds like a threat. What happens if everyone started acting that way? The elected officials would have no free will of their own and would be mere puppets of public opinion. Is that the kind of society we want to live in? What is this, Altamont?