Friday, March 02, 2007

"This is just the beginning"

Don Bertrand of the Advertiser's RightBlog congratulates Lafayette on its victory in the fiber fight. He emphasizes Lafayette's unity during the battle:
There are many to thank, quite frankly, too many to name individually because the whole campaign from beginning to end was a group effort, truly Lafayette Coming Together. So many people from different backgrounds and perspectives came together to give the synergy and energy to create the successful effort. My counterpart on the Left, Stephen Handwerk and I had the occasion to labor in a joint effort to get out the vote and participate with others in the steering of the grass roots effort. Yes, not so hard to believe that Republicans, Democrats, Independents and others can achieve agreement and consensus when they visualize mutual benefit for their community.
Handwerk, now of LeftBlog, has written a parallel piece on the topic. They labored together under the banner of Lafayette Coming Together, the local grass-roots organization that coordinated most of the referendum campaign.

Bertrand closes with the proper call for the moment:

So as we all take pride in the accomplishments of the Fiber battle, let’s all remember we are just beginning. There is more heavy lifting yet to do. We will have differences in opinion from time to time, but in the success of this endeavor we need to remain focused.

Indeed, this is just the beginning.


GumboFilé said...

This is not the most obvious, but just one more example that makes me wonder why this rightblog exists. leftblog clearly has an agenda where rightblog seems to have none.

David in Grand Coteau

John said...


Since when did not having an agenda become a bad thing? But on this case they both do have an agenda.

Pretty clearly, on this topic, as during the recent unpleasentness, both Stephen and Don DO have an agenda: cheering on a project that they and their parties both thought best for the city.

What it isn't is a knee-jerk party-line agenda. So Stephen is ignoring (for the moment) that the main personal political return for his work will accrue to a figure in the "other" party. And Don is ignoring (for the moment) that the more reactionary elements in his party think the Lafayette plan appallingly communistic because some voter might come to the conclusion that government can do some good in the world.

Good for both of them.

Those are the sorts of things that need ignoring more regularly. Support ideas that are good for the community regardless of their source; ignore nutcases of all sorts that put ideology above local communities.

They'll get back, no doubt, to "agendas" that look more conventional (and are more dubious) soon enough.

But for this day sharing a pro-Lafayette agenda sounds ok to me.