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Once again the media has sensationalized and given attention to someone who needs it like oxygen and a teddy bear. When a Cape Republican, state representative, former Marine and former state trooper says: "While I was serving as a Marine during a time of war, Ron Beaty was serving time in prison" and that Beaty is a "coward," he said what people have been too polite for too long had wanted to say.
That is courage and not just political courage. As a 101st Airborne Division Gulf War veteran, I believe state Rep. Tim Whelan, R-Brewster, was absolutely right on the money!
Like Whelan, I was serving in the 2nd Infantry Korea while Beaty was threatening a World War II hero president and with the 101st Airborne Division during Desert Storm under that president while Beaty was serving time costing taxpayers and Patriots money and resources. These are hardly conservative Christian family values, and I submit were not known by most voters last time Con Ron won the first time out of many races he entered over several years.
When you stand up to bullies, physically, psychologically, and militarily, you can spot a coward phony a mile away, when they are hypocrites cloaked in the flag and the Constitution or worse yet at the expense of veterans or soldiers. It is stolen valor and it is personal!
Beaty's passive aggressive phony polls are not only an insult to public officials, veterans, and people of all persuasions on Cape Cod, but to those who have conservative viewpoints who simply don't know his sordid past.
First, these tweets and Facebook posts are not widely viewed, liked, and nor are the polls that he has "cowardly" hidden behind. The Cape Cod Times enables this psychological condition and inflames an already incendiary unstable personality, while misrepresenting the participation prior to media sensationalism. Beaty posts these polls that have only 2-3 likes (including his own) and 0-1 comments for all of seven-day polls until the Times draws attention to it.
While the Times rallies left-wing Democrats with easy pickings for red meat by characterizing Beaty as a typical conservative, then cherry picking the most inflammatory phony polls, Beaty looks like a combination of David Duke and John Hinckley. Beaty is not standing with people who might be making a reasonable point. Beaty has admited to using vulgarities against a diminutive older lady state Senator that was part of his conviction and he admits he left the Army while sugar coating it all. He uses protections he then criticizes liberals of the same thing. Beaty uses civil liberties like he is a soldier who has earned by fighting for those freedoms, while passive aggressively using veiled threats of violence and implying Second Amendment rights to protect the First Amendment. Con Ron forfeited his Second Amendment rights and undermines those who believe felons and other unstable people should not have weapons, but believe law-abiding citizens should. He is neither a soldier or patriot. He is a coward like Whelan said.
The county government is dysfunctional enough without Beaty-mania, and there is enough negative press while not enough positive change. Beaty is up for election with a 16-year entrenched incumbent Democrat. There are major problems that could be resolved if reasonable and dedicated officials venture to address problems with common-sense solutions.
We need to change the county charter, form and function, and the negative ineffective personalities. The citizens need to vote for change to the hyper-partisan county commissioners whether it be longtime entrenched incumbents or a one-term irrational unstable one. We need change!
We need a bold, new leader with vision and direction, who can demand representation by all of our delegations with ideas on county issues and not use the position to fulfill 15 minutes of fame, thus drawing negative attention to Cape Cod and Barnstable County. If the media ignore Beaty, the citizens/voters will make him go away and we can get around to solving problems.
Joe Glynn, Yarmouth
Joe Glynn is vice-chair of the Yarmouth Housing Authority and a candidate for Barnstable County Board of Regional Commissioners