Not bullying, Jim. We’re exercising our democratic rights
Jim Cameron seems to have missed his civics class in high school. In his most recent column, Cameron characterizes No Tolls CT as “bullies.” Perhaps he’s seen our billboards posted on the very highways Gov. Ned Lamont and Cameron want to toll, asking state residents to call their legislators and tell them “Vote for tolls, Lose at the polls.”
That’s not being a bully, this is doing exactly what voters in a democracy are supposed to do. Would Mr. Cameron call the patriots who founded our county and threw the tea in Boston Harbor bullies? The right to question our government and its leaders is enshrined in the Constitution. The people have the right to let lawmakers know when they disagree; they have the right to protest and organize as we have with No Tolls CT. This is not bullying, it’s our fundamental rights and responsibility as citizen.
We have a choice in who we elect and we have the right to vote for leaders whose viewpoints align with our own. There is nothing stopping the Democratic majority in Connecticut government from voting for tolls except the will of the people. Clearly, lawmakers recognize the voices and desires of Connecticut residents matter, even if Mr. Cameron does not.
If Mr. Cameron wants to lob accusations of bullying, he need look no further than a mirror considering his past statements telling anyone who doesn’t want tolls to leave the state.
We are a grass-roots organization that has pushed back against million-dollar lobbying efforts by those who would profit from tolls, against a governor who broke a campaign promise and against columnists and political pundits who believe every working man and woman should have to pay yet another tax to drive to work.
Cameron’s characterization is like looking at the story of David and Goliath and saying David was the bully.
Patrick Sasser is the founder of No Tolls CT.
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