Civil Deterioration Plaguing North Idaho
Elections have always intensified our opinions as each election brings with it uncertainties and Idaho has always been against ‘change’. For the most part neighbors just wanted to be left alone to deal with supplying for the hard winter ahead. There weren’t many complaints as people who lived here helped their neighbors, nonprofits flourished with activity, and Government well, that seemed 3 thousand miles away. If you really wanted to work we were blessed with 6 lumber mills, the Northern Pacific substation, and Sandpoint a city which grew beyond anyone’s expectations.
In the 70’s over 30 years ago which seems like a lifetime our State saw a massive influx of residents looking to change the area. this rapid growth put a strain on Idaho’s infrastructure causing an uprising in the 80’s by the voters (I can remember my Volkswagen Rabbit being swallowed by a sink hole never to run again). We started voting for moderates like Shawn Keough and later George Eskridge.
At first the changes were a welcoming sight as most were desperately needed, but with this change came unseen strings as North Idaho has no real voice in Boise. Through these ‘strings’ liberal input flourished and Boise went on a spending spree on such things as liberal colleges, the States Arts Council, etc. Things which didn’t have anything to do with surviving the hard life we chose in North Idaho.
We noticed, instead, our elected officials not fighting to save our timber industry. Instead our elected officials chose to favor service jobs and abandoning sound financial decisions to accept what ever the Federal Government mandated to get the State more federally funding.
From the 80’s to present our area has become more and more politicized, from the Nazi invasion, taking prayer out some of our Government meetings, and finally a few years back an attempt by the City of Sandpoint to abandon a 100 year agreement to allow a religious artifact in a local park.
The artifact seemed to be the last straw and residents went back to the polls electing strong candidates who promised to stop the spending, spend less time on tourism and more time on Idaho’s residents, and bring North Idaho back to it’s roots of limited government, good jobs, and help to repeal state intrusions which limit growth.
Today the liberals are under constant scrutiny and politicizing every event through the media. The conservatives are bad guys who want to take grandma off welfare. Those of us who are financially conservative and feel under the Constitution, both State and National, that there’s room for us all, are left feeling like we’re being sucked into the abyss. Infrastructure has grown beyond manageable levels, and all Schools are under attack from both sides (home school’s from the left and public school’s from the right), and the local media pushing panic from both sides instead of looking for real news.
Keeping America Great starts on a local level, so until we start to work together, this civil deterioration isn’t going to end.