Over breakfast today, my wife made the following comment: “How come we never hear from any of the council candidates running for office, here on this blog?” That’s a good question.
I know for having talked with many of them that they do in fact visit this blog regularly as do some of the incumbents, yet they are as quiet as church mice? What are they afraid of? Taking a stand or openly discussing any of the numerous disconcerting issues I have been raising of late? Afraid if they do so it might hurt their chances on election day, that if like Blair Painter they say as little as possible (in fact, nothing at all), they will manage to sneak in.
This certainly is an ominous sign that we may get a council full of cowardly lions, or worse yet, ‘yes (wo)men’, as what we had with the last council. I mean if these people are scared to stand up now, when by rights this is what they should be doing in order to stand out from the crowd and show everyone that not only do they have brains but a pair as well, then how effective will they be as councillors where taking a stand and making decisions on behalf of your community is what this job is all about?
Maybe this goading will get some of them spurred to action and we’ll hear from them yet? Let’s hope so, otherwise they’ll be proving to one and all they just don’t have what it takes for the job, or that they have so little respect for the voting public that they think we don’t see the games they are playing.
One who surprises me here is Dean Ward who on his blog has totally avoided any discussion whatsoever on the Ratepayers Executive and their nominees running for election, along with Bill Kovach (their president) and Shar Lazzarotto’s involvement in this election, including their apparent conflict of interests with their involvement with Community Futures, never mind not a word on his support for these people or for Blair Painter for mayor.
Dean has all the appearances of a man sitting on a fence who like humpty dumpty could be in for a big fall and therefore is being very careful to not be perceived as belonging or siding with anyone. In other words, ‘A man with no Country’, so to speak. However, for a man who was quite critical of this sitting mayor and his council, who is joined at the hip with Bill and his executive and actively involved in trying to do away with one while working alongside and promoting the other this tactic of his in now being cagey and sneaky, never mind silent, is in direct contrast to his earlier self of speaking out on issues that matter to this community.
I think I liked the old Dean better, for he was more truthful and honest, and less calculating.
Are they all running scared these council candidates who wish to lead but are afraid to step forward and be heard, or are they just praying they can get through a two-minute speech, answer a couple questions (hopefully from friendly supporters) and hope that they can coast to victory without ever having to show their metal, and thereby what they are really made of?
I’ll end this post by way of a quote you will find in the About Me section of my home page here on this blog that I think is both pertinent and that I hope will be taken to heart by those running for office in stirring them to action:
“In this life, one does not have to stand tall, but one does have to stand up”.
Vote experience, vote Prince!
You don’t have to have it all figured out to move forward.