Thursday, June 30, 2011
Printed in the Tribune under title “COLAB protects right to farm”, June 30,2011

By Al Fonzi

In recent weeks, the pages of the Tribune and the local air waves have been filled with an ongoing war of words between Chairman of the Board of Supervisors, Adam Hill and the officers and members of the Coalition of Agriculture, Labor and Business (COLAB).
            Hill charged that a fundraising event hosted an entertainer in “Blackface” who satirized the President due to racist motivations. The charge carried over to members of COLAB who were also accused of being a “secretive and hatemongering” group.
             “Blackface” uses racist stereotypes and exaggerates racial features in the most derogatory manner. The entertainer in question, Steve Bridges, did nothing of the sort, other than use makeup to darken his skin color in his satire of President Obama. Bridges used neither racial exaggerations nor derogatory characterizations about race but mocked the President’s policies. This is normal political satire. Bridges is a nationally known entertainer. He was featured on the Jay Leno Tonight Show hosted by the NBC Network. Not one liberal watchdog in the nation took offense by his satire of President Obama on Jay Leno, (identical to the COLAB performance) as Bridge’s performance was not “Blackface.” Had it been so, Bridges would have justifiably been drummed out of the entertainment industry. Supervisor Hill knew this-or should have known this- yet he deliberately misled the public into believing something heinous had occurred at a COLAB fundraiser.
            To date, Hill’s apologies have been shallow and hedged. He has not retracted his charge of racism, although it was proven false; he continues to mislead the public about the motives of his opponents. COLAB exists today because of the abuses of power of Hill and fellow travelers, who have bullied small farmers, ranchers and businesses into compliance with confiscatory land use and business policies. Confronted with environmental law firms funded by out of area celebrity millionaires, they united in self-defense to preserve their right to farm, ranch and be left alone, as many have done locally for over a hundred years. No “Texas oil money”, just ordinary Americans fighting to preserve a way of life under siege by adversarial government. No racism, as COLAB is about unreasonable government policies; it has members of every race and creed as members. “Secretive?” No more so than members of any other political organization that fears retaliation from abusive politicians. “Hatemongering?” That’s a specialty of the extreme left which uses character assassination as their stock in trade.
            We now know from the Tribune articles that this entire episode was contrived by Hill for craven political reasons, to intimidate a State Senator, to stifle public dissent and smear the political opposition with a charge akin to being called a Nazi post-WWII.
            This is the greater sin for an elected official. Hill is engaging in politics reminiscent of Nixon or McCarthyism, where political opponents were threatened with “investigations”, and subjected to character assassination.
            As the Chairman of our Board of Supervisors, Hill threatened COLAB with investigations of IRS records, browbeat his critics and used the power of his chairmanship to intimidate and silence dissent during public comment. That is unacceptable for any official and must be repudiated by every person of conscience.
            Supervisor Hill must retract his statements and set the record straight, apologize to those whom he has bullied from the dais of the Chairman, to officers and members of COLAB and to all members of the public for his despicable behavior. There is no place in American politics for arrogant officials who forget who is the servant and who is served in public life.
                                                                        Al Fonzi
I am the Vice President of the SLO County Lincoln Club, a member of COLAB and a part-time conservative columnist for the Atascadero News. My comments are my own and have not been endorsed by any organization.
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Thursday, June 30, 2011
We Get the Government We Deserve
To be called a “racist” in today’s America is akin to being a “Nazi” in WWII. It is not a trivial charge nor should it be trivialized by wanton use in political disagreements.
            Over the last week SLO County has witnessed a deplorable abuse of that term by our Chairman of the Board of Supervisors, Adam Hill. While Atascadero doesn’t vote for Hill directly, he represents all of us in his position of Chairman.
            Chairman Hill doesn’t like people to disagree with him or call him to account for actions with which his opponents disagree. He has used his position of authority to browbeat and intimidate citizens during public comment, threatening to “investigate IRS records” and demanding personal and usually private information. .He called his opponents “racists…hatemongers” for the crime of political opposition. His “non-apology” was insincere. He attempted to misdirect public attention to alleged Republican misdeeds versus accepting responsibility for his own words. Hill is a Democrat Party activist and his party has a 150 year history of official racial segregation. It was under President Wilson (1912-1920) that the military and federal civil service were re-segregated and the most racist film in America, “Birth of a Nation”, screened and celebrated in the White House. I normally don’t agree with the concept of collective guilt, believing that people are personally, not corporately responsible for their actions, but liberal progressives routinely advocate collective guilt, so I’ll let them wear the mantle.
            Sadly, most people of the world live under tyranny with “individual rights” consisting of the whim of local police to beat you or not, depending upon their mood and your position in society. In America, our Bill of Rights confers “unalienable rights”, meaning they are given to us by God, whom we acknowledged as a nation when we ratified our constitution in 1787-89. Those rights are not granted by men or any government, which is why no government can take those rights from us without our consent. However fashionable it may be for our “intelligentsia” to mock the concept of “God-given inalienable rights”, respect for that concept has made America the most free nation in history and a beacon of hope to millions who immigrated here in search of a better life where, before the law, every man was every other man’s equal. Politicians who forget our heritage and their place as servants of the people, like Hill, are petty tyrants in training and should be harshly curbed when out of line.
            It is incumbent upon people of conscience to speak out against abuse of political power. If elected officials and members of the public excuse or give Hill a pass, we get the government we deserve.

Al Fonzi, Article for June 29, 2011
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