The problem is not the problem; the problem is your attitude about the problem.
As my regular readers can see in my last few posts I have been expanding, by way of stand alone posts, on some commenters comments. This here is another good one that deserves more than what a simple reply can provide.
If you go down the road of ” social justice” as an election platform you are barking up the wrong tree. You will turn off the few supporters that you now have. Focus on the problems at hand — chuck the elite class bashing and “woe is me” underclass and deal with the issues at hand like: overspending, over hiring of office staff, shortage of outside staff, closing/selling municipal buildings, poor maintenance of infrastructure, right sizing the fire department, open muni meetings, regular townhall meeting for voter participation, and the like. Forget the broken or unfulfilled promises of the mayor, and tell us what you would do to make this a better place to live for everyone. What do we need and how do we go about getting these.
Becoming a social advocate is not what we need here in the election process. Some of the social problems you mention will be solved through good council decisions. Other social problems are out of the realm of local government. I do not see the downtrodden as you call them organizing and advocating for themselves. If they expect the local goverment and others to do it for them and expect more entitlements to be given without a fight, they are living in the wrong era. Our society and system are all screwed up and people are out there working and scratching for a living and have less sympathy than in the old days when everyone pitched in and helped.
There is as much an age structure and attitude difference here than class difference, as well as the typical present era indifference you mention. The question is: How do you get the oldtimers, workers, non workers, and young people to get out and vote. If you can’t then expect the same results as last election.
July 8, 2013 at 8:51 AM
Traveling down the “wrong road” for social justice and equality for all in a hard-pressed community run by the establishment class for their benefit only, at everyone else’s expense? I think not! Read the Affordable Housing Study.
Although, I do agree with you when you say “I do not see the downtrodden as you call them organizing and advocating for themselves.” And they probably won’t (can’t) for two main reasons best summed up by the following quotes: “The trouble with being poor is that it takes up all of your time” and “News: Rich people paying rich people to tell middle class people to blame poor people.” The odds are stacked against them. That needs to change! An attitude adjustment is required here. Maybe I’m the change they need, maybe not, but I gots to try.
All the issues you mentioned that I should deal with have been dealt with by me on numerous occasions on this blog. More on this by candidates during the actual election phase will, I’m sure, be expanded on, if not beaten to death. Most of this is a given that should be obvious to everyone by now as to what the priorities should be and what needs doing to correct that which needs correcting.
I agree, the mayor’s track record speaks for itself. No need to keep belabouring it or regurgitating that which has been done, or left undone. Time, instead, to move on.
Now we get to what really interests me in what you said about what I would do or bring to the table.
First, I would not promise the moon and then not deliver. In fact, I ain’t about to promise anything… I can’t deliver. Except for one thing. ATTITUDE! That I promise and will deliver. Attitude is everything. Especially “positive” attitude. Without it, nothing gets done. “People may hear your words, but they feel your attitude.” I’s got attitude (besides all my other great qualities, attributes, skills and experience) and that should make all the difference in the world when compared to my rivals, and to those with a brain who can still reason and think, for themselves.
What will the choices be? The present mayor or one of his proteges? 2510 signatures on a petition and word on the street say that ain’t going to happen. Maybe, as I’ve been hearing on that same street, a local business person, a neophyte with no prior municipal experience who most likely will be a one trick pony pushing only to reinstate the former fire department organizational structure, along with its many volunteers? If that is all this community cares about then maybe it’ll happen, but don’t expect much more than that.
Who else? At this time we don’t know but what we do know is “Elections are won by men and women chiefly because most people vote against somebody rather than for somebody.” So I guess that leaves me out, or at least it has in the past. Will history repeat itself as it did last election? Only if I allow my name to stand. And by doing so, possibly let history repeat itself by having dimwits here vote again for a name, not knowing the man.
My, my, what should I do? :-] Maybe I should run in the hope there are fewer dimwits this time around that have learned from their past mistakes and now finally realize a good thing when they see it? And that is moi. A Prince of a fellow… with ‘attitude’. :-)
In closing, I know the gods are on my side for they are speaking to me now as I write this with Thunder and Lightning louder and closer to me than I have every heard or seen them before. THOR speaks! And what he says is “the sword of destiny is in your hands… “STRIKE!!!” “Take no prisoners and ask for no quarter as you fight for social justice and equality for all!”
Blessed by the Gods. Well, now there’s a dream worth living for. ;-)
There is little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. The little difference is attitude. The big difference is whether it is positive or negative.