Metaphor for COVID-fear selfishness? Urban Colorado unleashes wolves on ranchers, farmers

Metaphor for COVID-fear selfishness? Urban Colorado unleashes wolves on ranchers, farmers
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[Ed. – An elegant and enduring point.  But it’s a larger one about big government too.  When government can intrude in every aspect of our lives, millions of other people who have no stake in OUR lives get to vote to potentially destroy our livelihoods and even kill us.  Italics in original]

On Election Day (or rather, in the late campaign, during the two months or so of voting), the people of Colorado voted, by the narrow margin of 50.84% to 49.16%, to reintroduce gray wolves in the areas of Colorado west of the continental divide.  Without digging too deep into the details, the people for the measure, labeled Proposition 114, supported it for environmentalist and conservationist reasons.  The opponents, especially those who lived to the west of the continental divide, opposed it because they feared that the wolves would harm their property and themselves.  However, the measure carried largely because Denver and Boulder, despite overwhelming opposition in most rural counties, voted for it by a 2:1 margin.  I’ll let you guess on which side of the continental divide Denver and Boulder are.

Seeing that news, I thought: Isn’t this the perfect metaphor for our present troubles?  Hundreds of thousands of people, almost all of whom have never seen and will never see a wolf in their lives, vote to unleash the wolves on their fellow citizens …

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