Here’s the text, in its entirety, of an El Paso County press release sent Friday afternoon.
“Commissioners Encourage Citizens To Attend Upcoming Opportunity to Hear U.S. Senate Candidates on Jobs Trade and Economic Recovery
Colorado Springs, July 9, 2010 – The Board of County Commissioners joins with the Greater Colorado Chamber of Commerce, the Colorado Springs Regional Economic Development Corporation, the El Paso County Democrat and Republican parties and other business as well as local media organizations in urging residents to attend an upcoming forum featuring the Democrat and Republican candidates for United States Senate.
The forum is presented by the Coalition for a Prosperous America and will be held July 20, 2010 at the Stargazers Theater from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The theater is located at 10 South Parkside Drive in Colorado Springs. There will be a $10.00 cost for lunch.”
There is no “El Paso County Democrat party.” There are no “Democrat candidates.” The two phrases are partisan Republican constructs, used derogatorily to delegitimize and belittle the Democratic party.
If the press release had been issued by Republican headquarters, its sneering tone would have been perfectly appropriate. But this one comes from El Paso County, a governmental entity which is funded by taxes paid by Republicans, Democrats, and independents. Does this mean that the county has become a wholly owned subsidiary of the G.O.P.?
If so, that’s good news for some of us.
Democrats, Independents, Greens, Prohibitionists: you no longer have to pay county taxes!! The Republicans are taking care of everything…