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Facism and Sound Transit – A little perspective

January 26, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

According to Sherwin Lee’s Twitter feed, a B7 proponent at tonight’s light rail open house compared Sound Transit’s efforts to bring light rail to the Eastside with fascism.  Having visited Auschwitz, Bergen Belson, the National Holocaust museum, and the WWII Jewish Ghettos of Warsaw, Krakow, and Prague, I can safely say that this person needs to gain a little bit of perspective.

Whatever route is chosen for East Link, homes and businesses will be condemned.  Obviously, this process is painful for those involved.  Both routes on the table right now, B7 and B2M, will require “displacements” – to use the euphemism of the night I overheard a consultant using at tonight’s meeting.  But unless Sound Transit has an army of “Brown Shirts” threatening, beating, and killing opponents you may want to choose your words more carefully.  I’m sure the millions who suffered at the hands of the fascist Nazis would gladly trade their experiences in the gas chambers, gallows, standing cells, and firing squads for the open process by which Sound Transit is bringing light rail to Mercer Island, Bellevue, and Redmond.

Seriously, can we put a lid on the heated rhetoric?

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    January 28, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    The word Fascism has now no meaning except in so far as it signifies “something not desirable.” -George Orwell, “Politics and the English Language,” 1946

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