Here’s an email from Senator Salazar’s office that was forwarded to me a couple of days ago.
From: Richard Skorman, Regional Director and Angela Joslyn, Regional Representative for U.S. Senator Ken Salazar
Re: Invitation to Forum for Military Issues in the Pikes Peak Region
When: Wednesday, August 29th 10:00 A.M.-11:30
Where: City Council Chambers, 107 N. Nevada Ave., Suite 325
Senator Salazar would like to invite you to attend a forum on military issues in the Pikes Peak Region, including the proposed expansion of the Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site.
Given the limited time frame and in order to capture a complete picture, we have selected 15 representatives from our community to speak directly to the Senator.
If you can attend, we will be passing out comment cards for you to fill out that Senator will read after the Forum. If you can’t attend, please let one of the representatives listed below know your opinions.
“…we have selected 15 Representatives from our community to speak directly to the Senator.”
Let’s imagine that this came from the White House. Wouldn’t every Democrat rail against the regrettable tendency of the Bush administration to stage-manage meetings, to carefully select the folks who are allowed to engage the President, to shield Mr. Big from rude contrarians, to keep the angry hoi polloi at bay?
I’m sure that Richard Skorman, nice guy that he is, did his best to choose a representative cross-section of the community. But the whole process stinks. Let your boss endure an uncomfortable hour or two, if need be. Let people scream and yell and be angry and irrational. It’s messy, distressing, and uncontrolled.
We call it democracy, and it works. Let’s not substitute an ersatz version of the real thing, where, to paraphrase Orwell, all citizens are equal…but some are more equal than others.