just who are these people representing anyway?
Rachel Kaprielian and Peter Koutoujian have represented Watertown for
many years. Until July 12, 2006, this pundit simply believed they no
longer espoused our priorities. However, as I was putting the final touches
on this column, both Kaprielian and Koutoujian participated in what can
only be described as an unconscionably sinister circumvention of due
process. In order to dodge a controversial vote on the marriage amendment,
they voted to recess the Constitutional Convention until two days after
the election. How convenient!
Let’s get one thing straight. This is not about the underlying
issue of same-sex marriage. It’s about process and accountability!
It’s about an up or down vote! Should the people have a say in
this public policy? YES or NO? If Kaprielian and Koutoujian don’t
think so, they could have voted no. At least that would have (presumably)
been a vote of conscience. But they were too feckless to show the courage
of their convictions. Instead, they chose the “Machiavellian Mambo” and
danced away from their sworn responsibility. Their action exposes spineless
characters typical of subservient political puppets on the strings of
radical lobbies and party overlords.
political sycophants in the media had to admit that this ploy lacked
ethical legitimacy. “NO PRINCIPLED argument justified
the Legislature's decision...” wrote the Boston Globe (ardent supporter
of same-sex marriage) in their July 13th editorial.
is just the last of many straws on the backs of constituents. Kaprielian
and Koutoujian’s “illustrious” records are
rife with cognitive disconnects.
point: Our “Dynamic Duo” joined
about 50 other State Reps in one of the most inexcusable, indefensible,
and just plain stupid votes in the history of the Commonwealth. They
both voted to give illegal aliens, residing in Massachusetts, in-state
tuition at our state colleges.
the lunatic left accuses me of xenophobia, let’s get
another thing straight. Country of origin and cultural differences are
not the issue here. Our two State Representatives didn’t vote to
give assistance to those who come here legally. No, they voted to reward
transcends simple negligence. They even went above and beyond coddling
criminals. You tell me. How does one rightly categorize Kaprielian
vote? Take your pick: Complicity? Collusion? Collaboration?
Call it what it is: Aiding, abetting, and encouraging an unlawful act.
Approaching an impeachable offense, this vote demonstrates blatant disregard
for the rule of law. It further disregards the people they purport to
represent. Even more disturbing, this vote conveys contempt towards the
legal immigrants that help build Watertown. Imagine how it trivializes
the experience of those who fled poverty, tyranny, and even genocide
to LAWFULLY settle in our welcoming community. With one vote, Rachel
Kaprielian and Peter Koutoujian slapped tens of thousands of law-abiding
immigrants across the face.
the question: What could have possibly possessed these lawmakers to
reward and encourage lawbreakers? One surely hopes they did not intend
to mock and marginalize those who played by the rules. Or did they?
Like political clones, they support virtually every harebrained notion
that comes down the pike. With a billion-dollar surplus, these two
not only refuse to reduce the income tax rate to 5%, but they also
voted for an 85 million dollar tax hike; including a retroactive increase
on capital gains. Violating the Legislature’s promise, they supported
a primary offense seat belt law (another thinly disguised “revenue
And lest we forget, they both promoted the now thoroughly discredited
CPA. This boondoggle would have placed a 2 % surcharge on top of our
already burdensome property taxes.
distinguished Representatives simply believe that the government knows
better than we do what’s best for us, our children, and our
radicals, this is a perfectly acceptable worldview. Many nations have
adopted this style of government. Call it what you will: “ A
Welfare State Mentality”, “Euro-style Socialism”,
or “Ivory Tower Elitism”.
voters we need to ask ourselves: Do we share Kaprielian and Koutoujian’s misplaced priorities? Do we want unprincipled
and gutless representation that bobs, weaves, and dodges tough votes?
Do we believe we should encourage illegal immigration by rewarding it?
Do we believe in a primary offense seatbelt law that would surely be
abused as a “revenue-enhancing tool”? Do we believe that
our vote to reduce taxes by “binding” referendum should be
rescinded or otherwise stonewalled by clever parliamentary antics? Do
we believe our taxes should be increased (retroactively no-less) while
the legislature hoards a billion-dollar surplus? Do we want the “City
known as the Town of Watertown” to be known as just another “People’s
thing to do is to vote for the known quantity. It’s easy
to vote for someone’s relative, friend, or neighbor. But those
we send to Beacon Hill are supposed to represent Watertown, along with
our mainstream views and common sense values. Clearly Kaprielian and
Koutoujian do not. So, just who are these people representing anyway?
Watertown Citizens for Common Sense Government