Searching for information on politics in Alaska, I came across a particularly useful web site for those looking to understand the powerful role of public corruption in Alaska. It’s called Drop Don, and it details the corruption of one politician in particular: U.S. Representative Don Young.
The web site features a Web Of Corruption that shows Don Young’s links to a huge number of corrupt schemes. The thing about Don Young, though, is that he’s not just corrupt, he’s also a nut.
Consider what Don Young has to say about the people working to keep America’s lands clean and protected: “Environmentalists are a socialist group of individuals that are the tool of the Democrat Party. Iâ€™m proud to say that they are my enemy. They are not Americans, never have been Americans, never will be Americans.”
Environmentalists are not Americans? Really? Apparently, Don Young believes that President Teddy Roosevelt was not an American. Teddy Roosevelt campaigned with dedication for environmental protections.
And what about the rest of us environmentalists who were born in the USA? What does Don Young propose to do with us? Does he want to strip us of our citizenship and deport us as illegal aliens?
The presence of nutty right wingers like Don Young in Congress reminds us of the need to counter them with a strong progressive voice. Progressives believe that those who work to keep American lands, air and water clean should not be regarded as the “enemy” by our government.
(Sources: DropDon.com, Alaska Public Radio, August 19, 1996)