The Biggest Mistake Of My Life …
… was moving to Loudoun County Virginia and getting involved in politics.
When I moved here Loudoun had just enacted strict rural zoning and seemed to be led by reasonable people. Me being a fan of the countryside this seemed like a good match.
I should have done a bit more homework before settling here. That rural zoning was quickly tossed aside and a band of developer whores took over the county government.
This is a horribly planned county with the horrendous traffic and taxes that come with super-heated residential growth explosions. And on top of that we have some of the most vile self-dealing self-promoting a-hole politicians and political operatives that I have ever come across. Watching some of those a-holes make a mockery of good governance got me involved.
While myself and others have done some good, it really hasn’t changed things much in the grand scheme of things. Just take a look at the current Board of Supervisors to see what I’m talking about. And after thinking getting rid of the 2003-2007 majority would put things back on track, the crew that took over was full of some huge disappointments as well. So much so to the general voting public that they were demolished in the next election, giving us the current crop of “leaders”.
They don’t call Loudoun LoCo for nothing.
By far the biggest frustration is the shocking level of voter and citizen apathy. This is supposed to be one of the most highly educated counties in the nation. Yet take a good hard look at the people that have been elected to represent this county. Not exactly inspiring.
I thought that this would be a hotbed of active interested citizens working to keep a quality way of life and a respectable government. Boy have I been sorely disappointed. Sure there are a few folks who do their part but they are far too few to really make anything happen. Much of this is due to past frustrations I am sure, just like what I am feeling now. And don’t even get me started on the local press.
To anyone considering moving to Loudoun County, I offer this sage advice, born of experience. Don’t do it.