Topic: A Republic by the People, Not a People's Republic
A Republic by the People, Not a People's Republic
As a recent arrival in Takoma Park, I’m still coming to terms with the fact that I now reside in a “People’s Republic.” Moreover, I struggle to grasp why Takoma Parkers would want their community to be identified as such. For me (and for most Americans, I would guess), the term “people’s republic” evokes that communist morass-turned-capitalist behemoth: China. No American city should aspire to be thrown in with China’s lot, no matter how progressive its politics are. China represents everything that Takoma Park so clearly isn’t: horrid labor conditions, intolerance of free expression and dismally ineffective governance could not be farther from Takoma Park’s identity. It’s high time the city found a new nickname. If I had my druthers, I would simply abridge the nickname to “the Republic of Takoma Park,” the inspiration being the city-republics of classical Greece. This would underline Takoma Park’s unique qualities within the region while conveying its populace’s commitment to civic engagement and “government by the people.” Do I stand alone in this opinion?