By Peter Dorfman
This blog came into existence as a protest against the Hamilton Administration, aided and abetted by a thin (and, I hope, temporary) majority on the City Council, buying into a fad theory about housing density and foisting it on a town that widely rejects it.
It became “The Dissident Democrat” because its founders couldn’t conceive of associating themselves with what the Republican Party has become, but see a critical need to rethink some of what Democrats in Monroe County have become too.
It has to be recognized, though, that our observations and policy prescriptions have found a receptive audience among some Republicans here. That’s fine; we can find common ground with Republicans who reject aggressive growth at any cost policies and YIMBY housing prescriptions in particular.
This despite the fact that there is some regrettable overlap between what we propose and what some on the political Right have espoused (mostly with the intention of discrediting progressive Democrats). That can’t be helped, and no, it does NOT mean we are Right Wing reactionaries with respect to housing. It means the whole Right/Left dichotomy is a useless oversimplification if you focus on housing or any other specific issue.
Unfortunately, our audience also overlaps to a degree with the constituency that opposes COVID vaccination and masking (including some folks who put on a pretty offensive show at a recent school board meeting).
So let’s be clear: No matter what any individual might say or do, Bloomington Dissident Democrats is 200% in support of wearing masks in public places and getting vaccinated. No exceptions. Get the damn shots. Wear the damn masks.