Years ago, a Denver paper ran a political cartoon showing an announcer giving election results. He intoned that X has been elected mayor of Aurora, Y mayor of Arvada, and “Boulder has changed its foreign policy.”
Back then I could chuckle at the peculiarities of our city government. Now I find matters more sinister.
When our City Council uses municipal employees to generate data for an Arizona boycott, they use my taxes to promote a position on a national political issue with which I and half my countrymen disagree.
In another incident school officials in Illinois have prevented a girls’ high school basketball team from going to a tournament in Arizona, even though the girls plan to pay their way.
The president’s nominee for the Supreme Court, while Dean of Harvard Law, in accord with Harvard policy, prevented the U.S. Army from using facilities made available to other employers recruiting at Harvard. Notice the Dean did not have the power to prevent students from talking to the Army, just the power to inconvenience them. On reflection, this gesture was petty and mean spirited, designed to make Harvard feel more superior than usual.
How do these incidents relate to each other? Try this. When the Left gains a little niche of power, they will abuse it to cram their ideology down your throat. Interests of innocent bystanders will be swept aside.
To labor the obvious, you would expect city officials to be dealing with our pot holes rather than national immigration policy. Why should school officials penalize girl basketballers to impose their political will? Why should Harvard impede employment choices for its students? The answer is that for the Left, the end justifies the means.