The Grays Harbor Republican Party has done what county commissioners Willis and Wilson and Congressman Norm Dicks (D-WAffle) seemingly can't or won't do: take a stand on the Wild Olympics Campaign. The party endorsed the efforts of Working Wild Olympics (Our Olympics Are Wild Enough), a coalition of private property proponents, timber interests and outdoor enthusiasts, by unanimous vote at its Central Committee Meeting on April 5.
Republicans support limited government and the right of the people to own property free from excessive, intrusive government regulation and confiscation. Wild Olympics is a sterling example of both.
Wild Olympics' 'conservation' talk is a rhetorical ruse that obfuscates the real issue: an assault on private property. Opponents understand this, particularly those who are likely to be most directly impacted. While pro-Wild Olympics signs are planted in quite a few lawns in town, for example, how many have you seen in Neilton or Quinault? They're conspicuous by their absence. Instead, "Stop the $900M land grab" signs are popping up like overnight mushrooms.
Grays Harbor Republicans have stepped up to the plate on this issue, while two-thirds of the county commissioners have spent enough time sitting on the fence to qualify it as an Olympic sport. Meanwhile, Rep. Dicks hasn't even made it out of the dugout. Way to waffle, Norm!