“The single most important issue our country faces”

La Palma’s City Council will bring the war in Iraq to the table tonight. This news caused quite a stir in my office. People here are basically freaking out, saying it’s “inappropriate” and so forth.

Is it inappropriate? I don’t think so. A lot of local governments take stances on issues they perceive to affect them. I suppose the war in Iraq qualifies. Will it do any measured amount of good for the City of La Palma to sound off about international policy? In more subtle ways it could, but to the state and federal government it won’t have any impact at all.

There is probably some value in making communities aware that they can speak out (for or) against things they perceive to be related to an external locus of control. They can’t change the world, but they can change the attitudes of their peers and fellow members of their community.

What do you think? Is this an exercise in futility or does every voice count?

2 Comments so far

  1. Mike Lawson (unregistered) on April 18th, 2007 @ 12:36 am

    Hahahaha…We’re on the same page, Jon. Literally seconds after I wrote this post I clicked over here to see you asking the same questions.


  2. Jon (unregistered) on April 18th, 2007 @ 5:59 am

    “Whereas the City of Cypress hereby declares that ice cream is a tasty summer treat.”

    Hahaha… That was a delightful read. Larry Harman sounds like a very interesting guy!



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