Let us consider what Anchorage mayoral candidate Forrest Dunbar really means by enacting a “fact-based” mayorship.
But before we go there, consider a few of these facts:
Fact: Flattening the curve destroyed hundreds of Anchorage businesses, including 14,000 jobs, and gave us nearly 15% unemployment here in Anchorage. Flattening the curve was meant to prevent overrunning hospital beds. The fact is we should have made more beds if needed, rather than destroy our economy and hand over our liberty to city government.
Could you have ever imagined that the government would say you can’t have Easter Brunch with friends in your own house?
Fact: Under Berkowitz/Dunbar’s left-wing control Anchorage is the least safe city in the state with a violent crime rate three times higher than the national average and a property crime rate of twice as high as national levels. Liberty is also down and the power of government is at a record high. All those are likely to grow worse if Dunbar leads this city as mayor.
If the ‘fact-based leadership’ offered by Dunbar were in vogue when the country was founded, we wouldn’t be a society based on free speech, religion and liberty. We would be a country of mandates, pandemics and nationalized risk.
Dunbar and his handlers will not give conservatives, libertarians, classical liberals, believers or constitutionalists any quarter.
The fact is that the city is suffering under the current Dunbar/Berkowitz leadership, and Dunbar’s handlers will be spending vast amounts of money to attack Christians and many other groups from the power levers of business, government, public unions, media, and national movements that support the 1619 project and ‘anti-racism’ hatred.
When I hear for the 1,000th time that this election is about facts, I will ask to hear facts about the homelessness crisis, jobs disaster, economic ruin, the favoring of national chains over local stores. I will remind them that telling everyone what to do in their own home is not about facts, but about power and control.
When I hear for the 1,000th time that believers and Christians are the haters, I will remind myself that Christians and believers strive to love as they are loved by God. I will explain that it is the 1619 project, the ‘anti-racism’ hatred policy, critical race theory and cancel culture that peddles hatred which terrifies business leaders, silences dissent and replaces thoughtful disagreement with mindless compliance.
In the Anchorage mayoral runoff election – ending on May 11 – I will stand against the left’s takeover over our culture and our beliefs. In the left’s view, there was nothing valuable that came before and nothing of value today except what they currently preach. There will be no future for their opponents when they have taken over.
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This is the bleak future for those of us who wish to live in peace with our brothers and sisters of whatever political, cultural and sexual view. Dunbar and his handlers will not give conservatives, libertarians, classical liberals, believers or constitutionalists any quarter. They are convinced of their own unquestionable, superior morality and their “facts,” therefore they do not engage in debate. All shall bow, be silent, or be cancelled.
For these reasons, I support my friend Dave Bronson for mayor. He and I have fought many battles together. He wants a multicultural, peaceful, prosperous city with open, civil debate – a place where each of us can determine how we live and what we believe.
I’d like to hear a serious debate between Dunbar and Bronson on the state of our economic, political and religious liberties. I’d like to hear a debate over how Anchorage has fared under left-wing and Democrat control. If we have that debate, we will be better for it, and will gain a clearer understanding of the need to limit mindless municipal power in our personal lives.
It will also become clear that Dave Bronson should be the next mayor of Anchorage.
The views expressed here are those of the author.