The sad necessity of grassroots water rallies in California suggests that those with the power to fix the state’s problems won’t.
It’s not that they can’t, it’s that they simply refuse to do what is necessary.
Several hundred people took precious time out of their day recently to gather in Mendota, Calif., which has become “ground zero” for all that is bad about the state’s drought. In a small, well-kept city park, people gathered to give voice again to what they want.
Water and jobs.
“We need to convert this energy into action,” Aubrey Bettencourt, executive director of the California Water Alliance told me prior to the rally.
I couldn’t agree more.
During the event Bettencourt went on to rally the troops to become leaders in their own communities to affect change because “the governor has not offered a pathway to get us out of this mess.”
According to Bettencourt, many of the policies that are curtailing water to humans and farms in California are beginning to ripple throughout the West as other states are feeling the pinch of regulatory restrictions that favor fish and wildlife over children and their parents.
Baldero Hernandez, superintendent and principal of Westside Elementary School in Five Points, Calif., told the crown that children in his district continue to come to school hungry and unsure of their future because of the regulatory drought inflicted on his community.
Though the drought is a natural occurrence and part of the ebbs and flows of the state’s climate, it’s also one brought on by regulatory fiat.
Hernandez said a letter was sent to President Obama after his visit to California nearly two years ago asking for help. A reply came back that he is already involved with climate change.
Thanks for the help, Mr. President!
What’s worse, Hernandez said he was told by state officials that Sacramento politicians simply do not care how issues like the lack of water for humans affect local communities.
I’ve heard the same unbelievable reports from others. Couple this with what we’ve seen the past several years and it is near-impossible to believe that elected officials and their appointed bureaucrats want the best for California’s children and their parents.
It’s all so ironic, particularly as we enter the political season and will once-again be forced to suffer through the same empty claims and promises.
Einstein is credited with referring to insanity as “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
I argue that re-electing anyone to political office, regardless of their political persuasion and how nice they can be to our faces, is the kind of insanity Einstein referred to, and as such, the only sane thing for us to do, as voters, is to never re-elect another office holder.
Until we clean house and change the climate in Washington and our state capitals we will continue on our path of self-destruction.
Those are my thoughts. What are your thoughts?