Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Meanwhile, in Colorado, Insanity From the Right

The Denver Post reports that a Republican candidate for governor of Colorado has warned voters that the policies of Denver's mayor George Hickenlooper, who could be his Democratic opponent should he win the primary, to boost bike riding in the city are "converting Denver into a United Nations community."

The bike riding program, started in partnership with the UN's International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives, puts about 400 bikes for rent at stations around the city. It falls in very nicely with Denver's reputation for being a green-friendly city.

But green intiatives, clearly, are something that hold no appeal to the right. What does appeal to them, however, is the idea that the United States is slowly being taken over by foreigners. The candidate, Dan Maes, who is a Tea Party favorite and currently leads a former Congressman for the primary nomination, said at a campaign rally, "At first, I thought, 'Gosh, public transportation, what's wrong with that, and what's wrong with people parking their cars and riding their bikes? And what's wrong with incentives for green cars?' But if you do your homework and research, you realize ICLEI is part of a greater strategy to rein in American cities under a United Nations treaty."

There is something seriously wrong with this man.

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