Related background information on Tootie Smith: https://oregonfirst.wordpress.com/2012/10/14/john-ludlow-for-county-commission-chair-beware-bully-deluxe-tootie-smith-lol/
OPB interview – don’t miss the comments about Tea Party Toots and her equally clueless GOP primary opponent: http://www.opb.org/radio/programs/thinkoutloud/segment/republican-primary-5th-congressional-district-candidates/
I recently read ‘In the Garden of the Beasts’, the horrific account of American Ambassador Dodd and his family in 1933 Berlin, Hitler’s first year in power. The naïve Dodds watched the growing tide of repression as Hitler’s Nazi supporters worked to eliminate critics of the new regime. Blatant oppression of Jews and homosexuals had begun. The cowed citizens of Germany fell in line out of fear. Hitler’s consolidation of power cumulated in the summer of 1934 with the Night of the Long Knives, when the Nazi regime carried out a series of murders to silence political dissent. We all know the genocide and atrocities that followed.
Apparently Clackamas County Commissioner Tootie Smith is bent on her own version of the Night of the Long Knives with her disgusting work to silence political free speech, void an election and stop citizen involvement. Smith’s attack on individuals and on the Hamlet of Molalla Prairie, coupled with slam letters from City Manager Huff, Mayor Rogge and “us first” greedy Molalla business people, smacks of control the message dictatorships. Here’s how Tootie drummed up slam letters:
Entrusted to manage tens of millions of dollars of public money and to oversee public programs and staff, Czar Smith made this ludicrous statement about blocking a well noticed election and silencing free speech (quoted in the Oregonian): “I have not felt so strongly on one single issue on my time on the commission.”
Autocratic Smith feels “strongly” but she certainly can’t get the facts straight! Eight hamlet board members conducted a vigorous discussion about the need for an appeal to correct and call attention to Molalla’s failed noticing process; angry rural landowners had petitioned the hamlet for help. Clackamas County Government Affairs liaison Amy Kyle was present and raised no objections. The hamlet board took no position pro or con about the garage/storage unit proposal (not apartments as Smith falsely claims). The developer withdrew his plans, the appeal hearing was cancelled, yet Molalla refuses to refund the appeal deposit. In contrast, the County refunds appeal deposits when a developer withdraws.
Since 2007, I’ve closely followed Molalla’s failure to thrive because of cronyism and influence peddling, failure to follow process, distaste for citizen involvement, lack of transparency, disrespect for the environment and incompetent use of public money. As Molalla’s “leaders” blatantly cater to business “needs”, quality of life is ignored. Involving people, including dissenters, in policy making is certainly not as tidy as top down government, but it is essential to our Democracy.
Political free speech is our strongest and most protected First Amendment right: use it or lose it. Allowing cronyism to prevail and oppressors like Tootie Smith, Dan Huff, Debbie Rogge and Molalla business people to silence criticism is a dangerous path toward becoming a closed society like Russia or North Korea.
I might not like what you have to say it or how you say it but I will always defend your right to say it. Do you support the First Amendment or do you support Tootie Smith’s march toward censorship, exclusion and Fascism?
Don’t miss this great take on Czarina Tootie’s War on Political Free Speech from the Clackamas County Dems! Go Democrats, save us from Tootie’s ignorance: http://www.clackamasdems.org/?p=2294