PERRY: We’re all choking on Aurora’s endless deep-fried ad hominem buffet

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Aurora City Council members at the end of an hours-long virtual meeting July 29, 2021 and a failed attempt to appoint one of two applicants to a vacant Ward II city council seat. SENTINEL SCREEN GRAB

Oh, please. Spare me — and the rest of the city — from Zooming in on another episode of Aurora City Council members and the clutching of the pearls.

The usual Monday Night at the Fights among Aurora City Council members turned unusually harsh this week, even by Aurora City Council standards, when Councilman Juan Marcano launched the “SDC” bomb.

That’s right, live on Zoom and Aurora’s Channel 8, in front of God and everybody, Marcano went there and said Republicans are part of a “sadistic death cult.”

As the deeply offended Republican members of city council pointed out, it was Marcano’s second SDC grenade launch. He previously had tweeted something similar.

“And Councilperson Alison Coombs ‘liked it,’” one horrified and disparaged city council member pointed out Monday from the virtual dais.

This week’s dramatic consternation came from a years-long effort to create some kind of formal city structure to look at global warming, environmental issues and energy regulations. As has been the case for the last few years, and especially the last few months, the city council is split among conservative Republicans, a libertarian swing Republican, liberal Democrats and a swing-right liberal.

Just the week before, Team Red on the city council excoriated Marcano for using a procedural loophole to plan a rescue for another measure shot down by Team Red. Councilmember Dave Gruber flung a handful of “disgusting behavior” at Marcano that night. Councilperson Francoise Bergan told Marcano he was “unethical.”

Just weeks before, both of those city lawmakers enjoyed rounds of rule manipulations in an effort to get a replacement candidate they wanted on the city council.

This is a city council so polarized, and so entrenched in their polarization, that they stayed up several times until the wee hours of the morning holding the same vote for a replacement council person, over, and over, and over, and over, rather than work to find a compromise and get on with it.

So it came as little surprise that after yet another episode of city council sneers, jeers and “I know you are but what am I,” Marcano totally went there.

“So I do believe in radical candor, and my intent is not to be a career politician,” Marcano said when GOP members of the city council confronted him about his incendiary tweet. “So if you take offense to me being very honest with people, and expressing to them what I see on the inside on the other side of this dais, coming from Republican elected officials, I’m sorry,” he said. “I think you might need to do some soul searching because I do believe, honest to God, that the Republican Party is a sadistic death cult. It is the most dangerous organization that has ever existed on this planet. You ignore science. You obstruct. You refuse to have conversations with people. This is something that I see at the local level all the way up to the halls of Congress.”

Well. “I nevuh,” was the quick response of a very indignant Team Red.

Really? Drop your pearls, folks. This kind of over-the-top, inflammatory, take-no-prisoners, ding, diss and damn is how this city council rolls.

Like Marcano points out, it’s a reflection of government all the way to the White House. You can’t go anywhere that fried ad hominem isn’t flung across the aisle, the dais or, these days, the Zoom room.

For months, I’ve watched members of Aurora’s Team Red snipe about Team Blue digging in the same as Team Red. There isn’t a meeting that goes by that some Republican doesn’t find a reason to lob a sneer and accusations of “socialist” at Marcano and others, intimating that Marcano is infected with and trying to spread some kind of socialist disease.

I’ve been watching governments for a living for way longer than most people would think is reasonably safe or advisable, and I have never seen a group of people willing and able to effuse each other with raw animosity, every time they meet.

Of course calling his Republican colleagues minions of a “sadistic death cult” was unwise and uncalled for.

Gardner, in a letter to the editor to The Sentinel after the fact, rightly pointed out that such hyperbole diminishes victims of people where sadistic death cult rulers prevail.

Is the GOP currently rife with extremists pulling and pushing that party over the edge of reason? Oh, hell yes.

In Colorado, especially across the South, and all over Congress, the nutty Lauren Boeberts of the Republican Nation have stolen the stage — much to the chagrin of Republicans, even like Sen. Liz Cheney. 

But the GOP is not a sadistic death cult, and throwing flaming death-cult cocktails won’t win the day.

I once had a wise mentor help me understand human relations and motivation. The lesson came while I was explaining to him how frustrated I was by workers I was responsible for. My consternation came from their not correctly responding to some elaborate plan I concocted to get them to do what I wanted them to do.

“How’s that working for you?” he asked.

I got it.

There’s no doubt that both Team Red and Team Blue hope that the upcoming election, less than a month away, will bring a winning vote to their side so they can steamroll their agendas and smirk into the rear-view mirror. And there’s a very real chance that the next election will bring nothing but more of the same gridlock.

Since no one on the city council can or even wants to break the same mood that’s brought Congress to a halt, they need to hire somebody, a mediator.

Aurora is facing the biggest crises since it became a city, including widespread homelessness, police reform, water preservation and a current crime wave that threatens all of us.

We can’t wait another two years for progress on these fronts if the election produces just more of the same on the dais.

Progress has a name in Aurora. It’s compromise. 

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FeelingsAreNotFacts
FeelingsAreNotFacts
20 days ago

Perhaps Marcano can be the grown-up who issues a sincere mea culpa for his recent unforced error, followed by Coombs who can retract her unforgotten call of “F*** the Police.”

Maybe the petulant Mur-r-rillo would also like to walk back her “woe-is-me” victimization word salad and her obvious disdain for the mayor.

Perhaps this all would be a start to actual dialog on the dais. But, alas, nobody should hold their collective breath. They are all children, one of whom seems to have taken up residence in his preferred fantasy world of D&D.

Joe Felice
Joe Felice
20 days ago

The ones living in a “fantasy world of D & D” are the ones with the guns because they fear the bogeyman under their beds. And we know who they are.

FeelingsAreNotFacts
FeelingsAreNotFacts
16 days ago
Reply to  Joe Felice

Ummm.

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FeelingsAreNotFacts
FeelingsAreNotFacts
16 days ago
Reply to  Joe Felice

(Jeopardy music playing) I wonder if the Sentinel will approve my post.

Jennifer Roberts
Jennifer Roberts
20 days ago

I am sure Councilman Marcano is delighted he gave up a career in architecture to slog through two years of work misery at one of the most difficult times in the history of our country. I think we all need to give each other a lot of love and forgiveness right now. As a resident, he has always been impressively responsive the several times I reached out for help. One idea is to highlight some of the accomplishments of the Council, and reward the people who represent us in addition to reporting on the tension.

Brent G Taylor
Brent G Taylor
20 days ago

Marcano should be recalled. Citizens of his ward, red, purple or blue, are no doubt embarrassed to have elected him (such is my faith in people). A mistake. And ANYONE has my vote in 2024 to replace Coombs (whom I did not vote for 2019); really miss Bob Roth.

Of course (obvious to me) there is very little which should or could occur at the city council level that should lean to either party. And as someone pointed out yesterday when this “story” broke, wherever you stand on climate change, this quite clearly is not an issue for any city including ours.

Just Vibing
Just Vibing
20 days ago

The GOP obstructed gun control legislation after kindergarteners were slaughtered in their classroom.

This very newspaper shared an AP story on how the GOP’s anti-vax rhetoric is causing Republican Americans to disproportionally die of COVID and flood our hospitals and intensive care units.

How is this not a death cult?

FeelingsAreNotFacts
FeelingsAreNotFacts
14 days ago
Reply to  Just Vibing

Democrats overwhelmingly champion lax drug laws, create criminal-friendly release policy, and demonize police, which makes our streets much more dangerous. They have denied God, replaced families with government, and created an underclass of aimless young men. Oh yeah, they believe babies can be murdered as long as they have not emerged from the womb. How is that not a death cult?

Dean
20 days ago

All this mass hysteria generated by council Marcano, with his latest Republican’s only apply “death cult” masterpiece. We should be grateful he spouts out like this to show us with convincing evidence the political neophyte sitting on council this guy is. Despite the obvious insolent attitude, the more important message here, is that democracy deniers recognize. To clearly see what a liability this guy is to the city council that truly desire to move forward with legitimate give and take. How is that accomplished with a loud-mouth activist wailing away? This just reaffirms the motive and issues before us through a socialist agenda to slander and continue this side show that’s non-productive. We shouldn’t be surprised when pieces of this meeting start showing up across the country to expose the depth of disfunction this city has sunk to.

Joe Felice
Joe Felice
20 days ago

Marcano is absolutely correct in what he said. One cannot be too critical in describing those people and we need to treat them in them same manner as they treat us.

carol miller
carol miller
20 days ago

Marcano and Allison Coombs almost always agree on issues. Dont they know how they appear to those watching the council meetings? Even from my living room I’m embarrassed to watch he meetings. there are so many issues the city must deal with. . . how about leaving open space OPEN?

DICK MOORE
19 days ago

So Dave Perry says, “Progress has a name in Aurora. It’s compromise.”

Just wrong Dave. To compromise with socialists is to change our way of living from capitalism. The only way to progress in Aurora is to eliminate all socialists in any leadership role and that needs to occur at the ballot box.