It’s simple. The game is rigged, the deck is stacked against me, the winner has already been decided (as with the last election) even before Nomination Day. Therefore, I will not participate in a farce subjecting myself to ridicule and amusement for the gratification of the simple minded in a lost cause.
With that said (as for the explanation I gave by way of comment in my previous post) I will now expand on my reasons given.
In this community nobody cares about the election forum for mayor, that decision is made way before then by the ‘good old boys’ on behalf of the shepple here. For the most part, the same goes for the councillor positions. For example, in this election I predict Bill Kovach, Shar Lazzaoratto, Dean Ward, Marlene Anctil are shoe-ins. I personally don’t believe the first two are the best choices. In fact, I believe they would be the worst choices for this community simply for the fact of their involvement with Community Futures and their close ties with the self-serving ‘old boys club’. The other two councillor positions in my opinion is a toss up between 3-4 others at best.
In other words for the majority of residents here the election forums serve no useful practical purpose on deciding what the make up of our next council will be other than for strictly ‘entertainment’ purposes. For the masses to delude themselves that they actually live in a democratic society here in the Pass and that they have a choice in the matter on who will be master over them is delusional, for all they really do is follow the lead of the mine bosses, as directed.
As some of us know who have taken the time (and in my case, gone to the expense) of researching and studying the operations of this organization known as Community Futures we know they practice deceit and deception behind closed doors in secret meetings with fellow undemocratically elected board members from the same gene pool.
After three years of complaining about our current mayor I can’t believe residents here would even consider putting these type of people in our council chambers? Community Futures organizations have a well-earned reputation at being so adept and so practiced in the fine art of acquiring taxpayer money from various government sources while doing little to nothing with it for the benefit of their respective communities, while at the same time making this same money magically disappear? As I said, these people are so practiced in this art of mismanaging public money and deception that they could teach the mayor a few tricks? Christ people, do yourselves a favour and go to the bottom of this page and do a search on ‘Community Futures‘ and open your phucking eyes to what you will be getting yourselves into if these people are elected. Especially if they have a weak-kneed green as grass mayor under their thumb, who also happens to be a ‘good old boy’ too, who wouldn’t know how to rock the boat if his life depended on it, never mind actually standing up to these guys.
300-400 people showing up at an election forum in which the majority have already made up their minds and are there strictly for entertainment purposes will do nothing to change the outcome of this race. Especially when you consider the following.
The media are another factor. “Do not fear the enemy, for they can take only your life. Fear the media, for they will destroy your honor!!!” It was not enough that the Pass Herald (our only newspaper now) playing favourites while showing their biases refused to print my press release while bombarding the public with my opponents (including the platform of one). In this past week’s edition of their paper they even resorted to subterfuge and dirty tricks in substituting Bill Kovach for me on the front page under Mayoral Candidates. Then putting me at the bottom of Candidates for Municipal Council on page 2, while at the same time getting their facts all wrong on how long I have lived here and how many years I served on council, with the rest being a disjointed mess of inaccurate information on what I had actually stated to their reporter. In the same paper Bill Kovach, president of the grassroots Ratepayers Association while claiming his organization is ‘apolitical’ is once again publicly endorsing Blair Painter for mayor while hypocritically stating of course that he is doing this “on his own behalf.” In addition to all this there is an online Facebook and email smear campaign going on against me at present.
With nothing going for me but my own pair of balls I could go to this forum and speak out and like in the past blow them away, but just like in the past it comes to no avail. The Pass Herald will distort my message as they always do when reporting on these election forums, while promoting their own. In addition, I’m sure we’ll soon see them printing unfavourable letters to the editor about me, as well. The online smears will continue distorting who I am and what I stand for and enough of my opponent’s signs, newspaper and radio ads will convince people they have only one choice in this election (if we forget about the current mayor who everybody says they don’t want anymore) if they want to be seen as cool and in favour with the in-crowd. And with all this, we haven’t even mentioned who the Returning Officer is, and who’s daughter is an executive on the Chamber of Commerce whose members will be fielding ‘anonymous’ questions from the public to the mayoral candidates. Never mind the Ratepayer groupies looking to support their candidate while seeking some payback against one who has exposed their Executive for subverting the democratic process to ensure their leader got his way in ensuring one from his own elite class got the nod and backing of their organization.
With no campaign, no money (when’s the last time you made a donation to my tip jar? Ya, see what I mean), no signs, no advertising, no backing, and no hope, why would anybody in their right mind participate in such a hopeless futile exercise? I’m not an ego-tripper seeking a place in the spotlight. That doesn’t interest me.
If people want to make a difference then take a stand yourselves (and encourage others to do likewise) and send the establishment elites a message by boycotting this mayoral election forum. If most people plan on not voting for Decoux (as public opinion has it) and others feel as I do that Painter will land up being nothing more than a weak-kneed puppet patsy of the good old boy establishment elite here, then boycotting this mayoral election forum would be the thing to do. Send them a message, and then follow this up afterwards by voting for me. As I have not dropped out of the race and my name is still on the ballot.
This is all of what I have to say on this matter at this time. You make your own decision on your own course of action, as I have made mine. But make sure you make the right decision because if wrong, you could very well find yourself living under the Crowsnest Mafia…. again…. at least until Edmonton says enough is enough and uses ‘dissolution’ to put an end to this mockery of Crowsnest Pass style democracy and governance here in the Pass.
Strike to win, strike only when success is certain; if it is not, then don’t strike.