These days people are so busy. It takes two incomes for many families to make ends meet. In addition to raising children, taking care of their home and just being worn out, many people don’t have the chance or don’t have the time to care, or work to understand, a document such as Chesterfield’s draft countywide comprehensive plan. In fact, I’ll bet you a dollar to a dime that many people haven’t even heard of it.
I’ve been watching the plan and actually participated in the process since day one. I have found that the county staff has been very open to those who want to get involved.
But here, at the last minute, as the Board of Supervisors begins to consider the plan in its last stages, local Tea Party members have decided to weigh-in.
What concerns me is that the group, called the Patriots in Chester, have called on their members to swamp the board meetings (16 out of 31 addressed the board) to push some members to do the Patriots’ bidding, just as they have in Congress. They are the minority who shouts the loudest.
But they offer no solutions. They are only naysayers who point to Agenda 21 as some sort of conspiracy to undermine the U.S. Constitution. The Constitution is a living document, to be interpreted, explored and ever evolving. Like the comprehensive plan, it is not meant to be all and end all.
You can read any meaning into any document if you want. Your argument can be shaped to whatever fits your philosophy. What do you cull from these quotes?
“Government is instituted for the common good; for the protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness of the people; and not for profit, honor, or private interest of any one man, family, or class of men; therefore, the people alone have an incontestable, unalienable, and indefeasible right to institute government; and to reform, alter, or totally change the same, when their protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness require it.”
- John Adams, Thoughts on Government, 1776
“Where there is no vision, the people perish.”
- The Bible, Proverbs (29:18)
“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”
- Benjamin Franklin
“It is too probable that no plan we propose will be adopted. Perhaps another dreadful conflict is to be sustained. If to please the people, we offer what we ourselves disapprove, how can we afterwards defend our work? Let us raise a standard to which the wise and the honest can repair.”
- George Washington, presiding officer, first Continental Congress (1787)
“By far the greatest and most admirable form of wisdom is that needed to plan and beautify cities and human communities.”
- Socrates, Greek philosopher and dramatist
“Any town that doesn’t have sidewalks doesn’t love its children.”
- Margaret Mead
“When we are planning for posterity, we ought to remember that virtue is not hereditary.”
- Thomas Paine, Common Sense (1776).
“The trouble with land is that they’re not making it anymore.”
- Will Rogers
“A comprehensive plan serves as a community’s constitution for development and the use of its land. It provides direction for the long-term as well as the short-term, and covers multiple subjects. It is a statement of policy identifying environmental, social, and economic desires, and its accompanying maps are a reflection of stated policies.”
– Comment from unknown source
“Would you tell me which way I ought to go from here?”
“That depends a good deal on where you want to get,”
said the Cat.
“I really don’t care where”
“Then it doesn’t much matter which way you go,”
said the Cat.
- Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland