Letters to the Editor

Doublespeak, hypocrisy and political postmodernism

It’s becoming apparent that this election cycle is evolving into hypocrisy and Orwellian dysfunction. The Republicans have made “doublespeak” a refined art. Ben Carson cleverly speaks an insidious beguilement that’s deliberately euphemistic, ambiguous or obscure. When questioned on meaning he quickly pivots and accuses the questioner of not listening with the implication that they should know what he means. Of course so doing would require clairvoyance. This allows him fluidity to be whatever he wants whenever he wants; a sort of political postmodernism. His brilliance is troublingly dangerous.

At home, two of our supervisors have cunningly made the same pivot. Debbie Arnold and Lynn Compton, purporting above all else to be property rights advocates, spun that posture by voting against the property rights of Ethnobotanica, overruling approval by the San Luis Obispo County Planning Commission. Apparently, public safety trumps a medical marijuana dispensary.

Sadly, that same claim was not made in their support for the mining permit in Santa Margarita or drinking water for the citizens of the Paso Robles groundwater basin. No doubt that same claim of public safety will be thrown out the window when it comes to supporting the property rights of Phillips 66. Their “doublespeak” and hypocrisy is troublingly dangerous.

Steve Lacki, Nipomo

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