Chaos and Crooks in Napa Wine Country
Crooks and chaos have come to the Napa Valley via an important political campaign.
When your political opponents start vandalizing and stealing to make their point, you can rest assured that they’ve run out of anything sensible to say in support of their position. And this is exactly what has begun to happen in Napa Valley as supporters of Measure C turn to thieving and vandalism in lieu of issuing facts and debate.
Proponents of Measure C, the land grabbing initiative that is a first step in rolling back the wine industry in Napa that will be voted on in June, have taken to vandalizing and stealing “No on C” political signs in the valley. And there are pictures.
Among the photos are those capturing a man stealing No on C signs. Other photos depict the vandalism proponents of the measure have undertaken. These photos have been posted on the No on Measure C, Coalition for Sustainable Agriculture Facebook page.
Good political debate with strong rhetoric is a hallmark of American politics. Love or hate its intensity, there is no denying it is part of the process. But here is what’s always true. When one side of the debate eschews the rhetoric in favor of criminal activity in an attempt to sway voters, they have lost all moral authority they may have possessed, not to mention having lost the debate.
It has always been easy to assume that the proponents of Measure C had no interest in debating the issue. Having been asked over and over and over to lay scientific data on the table to support their hyperbolic and fear-mongering claims about the state of the Napa Valley watershed and oak woodlands, they have refused to do so. Instead, they post pretty pictures, make absurd claims about “deforestation”, make unfounded claims that the Napa County water supply is under threat and endorse embarrassingly facile and envy-laden assessments of members of the Napa Valley farming and winemaking community. But they refuse to offer any facts to back up their claims.
But with the rising evidence of vandalism and theft on the part of the supporters of Measure C, we are coming to the understanding that they are much more than simply incompetent wannabe movers and shakers. They are crooks and vandals and thieves too.
At this point, anyone who puts any trust in the pronouncements of the supporters of Measure C has clearly put themselves on the side of chaos and crooks.