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Democrat Chris Reykdal is Washington State’s Superintendent of Public Instruction. This is a state-wide elected position, and he is up for election next year – in 2020. Of all the weird temper-tantrum like responses from elected officials after initiative I-976 ($30 car tabs) passed, his first response was revenge against those who voted differently than he wanted them to vote. Here is his tweet:
This is disturbing on many levels, but I appreciate it when elected officials speak from their heart and tell us what they really think. This was surely cathartic and helped strengthen his bona-fides with the Antifa crowd. Unfortunately, for the rest of us, Reykdal believes anyone who votes differently than he does must be punished. This was an absurd reaction, and it was particularly disturbing for it to come from him, considering the elected position he holds.
I’ve always had friendly interactions with Chris Reykdal, both when he was in the legislature (he was elected to the 22nd Legislative District – Olympia – in 2010) and after he was elected as Superintendent of Public Instruction in 2016. Sure, he threw me out of a public meeting in a public building that invited the public to come (Thurston County Democrats) in 2011, but that was just because he believed that nobody who didn’t conform to the hive mindset should be allowed there. Most people not part of the hivemind might have been disturbed to attend that meeting, so I’m sure he did this for my own good. I was far too open minded to be there. Chris and I certainly don’t agree on political issues, but I enjoy speaking with Socialists and still get along with many of them even when we disagree.
This is why I’m so disappointed to see Reykdal’s desire to inflict revenge on those who vote differently. The mini-rebellion represented by the I-976 vote is fairly minor in the big picture of Washington State’s budget. People have been voting, repeatedly since 1999 for $30 car tabs. State government lies to us all the time, but sometimes people get annoyed about it when the lie is so obvious. It is easy to understand that $30 car tabs means $30 car tabs. Despite the elitist forces arrayed against this initiative, and the millions of corporate dollars supporting the establishment, violating the law to influence voters (see the City of Olympia – PDC complaint linked here) , and various other games, the people still support $30 car tabs. There weren’t even enough fraudulent votes manufactured in King County to overcome the margin.
Yet, Chris Reykdal felt it was important to demand revenge against those who voted differently than he wanted. Rather than “Let them Eat Cake” it was “Let them lose their roads.” The elitists in government know best, so they will have their revenge against the uppity peasants who dare to believe their vote matters.
We expect Governor Inslee to throw a fit – he usually does. It was predictable that Seattle and King County government leaders would attack the law when they don’t get their way (they always do – it isn’t their money). We know the State Attorney General Bob Ferguson is too corrupt to defend the initiative (he won’t defend the state constitution when it was attacked by the City of Seattle and their income tax scheme – he is too busy suing Trump or Tim Eyman). However, after receiving the largest increase in tax dollars in the history of the State of Washington dedicated to “education”, why is the Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal throwing a fit and desiring revenge over a minor reduction in transportation dollars?
It might be impossible to exaggerate the group-think, hive-mind that seems to dominate senior levels of government today. Washington State is no exception. To the political elite, none of us peasants should be allowed to think for ourselves and demand accountability from those who rule the governed. Ever. They know best, and mostly, when one party has nearly total control over all levers of power, as they do in Washington State – they all think alike. Their conformity of thought is as sad as it is predictable. Obviously, to them, no dissent is allowed.
Unfortunately, this knee-jerk reaction raises bigger questions about our Superintendent of Public Instruction and his desire to inflict revenge on those who think (and vote) differently. What does he do to those who think differently about public education? How does he plan to punish their (our) children? What policies does he push in Washington State public education to impose his revenge on those who vote differently (and their children)? This is horrific behavior to exhibit in this leadership role, and much greater scrutiny should be brought to bear on this department.
Conformity of thought and groupthink in public education is a real problem and challenge today. This approach is burdened by the guarantee of inadequate results and wasted resources. Additionally, regardless of outcomes, there will never be accountability for those responsible. Will the political conformity demanded by Mr. Reykdal produce better educational outcomes, or just more groupthink indoctrination? Has the elitist corruption of Olympia in their panic over the relatively modest and minor demand by the taxpayers for $30 car tabs (for the third time now!) become so complete that dissent outside their siloed agencies has become verboten, worthy of punishment?
It should be no wonder that distrust in these political “leaders” is growing among us peasants. It seems the $30 car tab vote is only a small hint of what is coming.
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