The New Year was only hours old when Jimmy Trujillo, an activist and construction technology teacher at Kapaa High and KCC, posted a VOTE NO on KIUC fees graphic on his Facebook page. He added these exultant words: “the first cause of the new year!....”
Yeah! Get 'em!
Later, he posted this comment:
James Trujillo KIUC want to penalize folks who have concerns about their health and privacy. as a coop, we should all have a say. putting to a vote is great. spending our coop money in order to sway the vote is just wrong!elections should be fair, rates should be fair. anything else is NOT PONO. vote NO or don't vote at all!
Jimmy is the same guy who has been trying to make me stop saying anything that runs counter to what he considers the “progressive cause.” Now he's trying to make people stop voting unless they vote his way.
Gee, sounds like a great way to have civil discourse, rationally discuss the issues, reach a consensus, respect people with differing opinions on a complex issue, advance democracy.
This is exactly the same kind of mindset that I saw in many of the pro-2491 folks — you're either with us or against us; there's no middle ground, no correct or pono way of thinking other than our way of thinking.
Those who dared to voice an opposing opinion were immediately told to STFU, attacked as evil and out of touch, and accused of being in the pay of chemical companies.
Ironically, all that ugliness, intolerance and bullying was couched in rhetoric about peace and love, and adorned with Facebook hearts.
Just as Jimmy, who has labeled those who support smart meter opt-out fees as the “corporate faithful,” apparently sees no conflict between his actions and his first post of 2014:
to all my frenz & family, happy new year!
i wish you best of the best in 2014!
bee love & bee loved!
bee healthy & bee happy!
bee kind & bee loving!
bee caring & bee respectful!
My own wish for the New Year is this:
May we all engage in a bit more insightful introspection this year before we try to change the world. Because the world out there is nothing more than a projection of what is inside all of us.