Maes said in a later interview that he once thought the mayor's efforts to promote cycling and other environmental initiatives were harmless and well-meaning. Now he realizes "that's exactly the attitude they want you to have."
The ominous they of course are the United Nations, no relation to the giant radioactive ants of Them. (Or ARE they?)
I'm not sure what I find funniest about Maes' position - that he's attempting to make the UN some sort of boogeyman for Colorado, or that the UN's supposed nefarious plot is to (THE HORROR!) get people to whiz around on cute little red bicycles in downtown Denver. Those bastards! Driving an enormous, gas-guzzling car between any two points that are more than ten feet apart is the American way, you know. Curse you Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, you won't get away with this twisted plot no matter how adorable the little dingly bells on those bicycles are. We're Americans, damnit!
"At first, I thought, 'Gosh, public transportation, what's wrong with that, and what's wrong with people parking their cars and riding their bikes? And what's wrong with incentives for green cars?' But if you do your homework and research, you realize ICLEI is part of a greater strategy to rein in American cities under a United Nations treaty," Maes said.
Imagine me doing this in my best Glen Beck Voice:
First they came for our SUVs, and I said nothing because I didn't own an SUV. Then they gave me a bicycle, and I still said nothing, because I thought they were kind of cute. Then they established the new world order in our city and started exterminating anyone that didn't believe in their twisted socialist agenda and...
I can't do it. I just can't. I threw up in my mouth a little just then.
Needless to say, Maes is the "Tea Party" favorite, which I'm starting to think translates out to "we think a strait jacket is a perfectly valid fashion statement." I find myself actually hoping that he gets the Republican nomination. First off, because I like Hickenlooper, and I think this level of crazy is just the boost his campaign needs. And secondly, there's something wrong in my brain which means I actually enjoy trying to laugh and cry at the same time, so this man's campaign literature (which I'll no doubt be bombarded with since I'm unaffiliated with a political party) would be an amazing resource for me.