“I just want the community to go back to the way it was.” Really?
The comment above in the title of this post is what I got from the gal cutting my hair today. She wants to go backwards in time. She further added that she was sick and tired of all the new bylaws, rules and regulations, etc. That she moved here decades ago to get away from all these big city BS ways. Prior to this tirade she unleashed on me she stated “look at all the stores and businesses that have shut their doors and closed up over the years.”
I was almost tempted to jump up out of my chair for her talking so stupid when I knew her to be a very intelligent woman…. although she can be ditsy at times. :-) Instead from my prone position I let her have it with both barrels in telling her that for over twenty years we had a mayor and councils that took us no where, (mis)managed our affairs terribly, and institutionalized an old boys network that is presently desperately conniving and scheming to get back the reins of power from our present mayor and council, who for the most part brought about much needed and long over due change. However, it looks as though it is inevitable that they will suffer badly at the polls for the manner in which they went about bringing us that change, with their forced time-line and lack of public consultation and buy-in.
But what really got my dander up (no pun intended :-) ) with her was after complaining about how our community was dying with economic stagnation and the threat of social collapse by way of ‘dissolution’ that she thought the solution to our problems is to simply go backwards in time by putting in another bunch of good ole boys to run things again that got us into this mess in the first place? Lord have mercy! Obviously the dyes, ammonia and other chemicals she uses in doing her job as a hairdresser have affected her brain. And I told her so. :-) Because she didn’t like the direction our current mayor and council took us she now wants to go backwards in time, instead of forwards. That kind of thinking is Luddite thinking that solves nothing, as history time after time has already proven. In fact, it makes matters worse and will inevitably signal our demise.
As I said, if people here, like my hairdresser, think the solution to our problems is in going backwards in time they are sadly mistaken. Life is constantly evolving, nothing is static in nature or in life. As the saying goes, “no man can cross the same river twice.”
Therefore, as a community we need to move forward and put behind us that which has held us back for far to long. As it has been said, “The past is to be respected and acknowledged, but not to be worshiped. It is our future in which we will find greatness.” We still have time to turn things around here but people have to wake up to the possibilities and not simply take the easy way out, for it will certainly turn out to have been no way out at all.
“The best way out is always through.” Yes, we need to see this through by moving in a positive forward direction with real leadership that is inclusive not exclusive, that believes in fairness and equal opportunity, not cronyism and nepotism, and that believes in building bridges not putting up walls. That is the way forward! And the only way that can come about is by residents here supporting the “middle-way” concept that I have been advocating for on this blog since before this election started. Old school and New school are respectively regressive and divisive and are incapable of taking us where we want and need to go…. only middle school can do that.
As the only “middle-way” candidate for mayor in this election and with several qualified and capable candidates running for council seats that I believe are not necessarily locked into positions of being with either school, residents here have a chance to not only take back their community but to move it forward in a progressive and positive direction, while at the same time by doing so ensuring we as a municipality have a viable and independent future built on sustainability, openness, transparency, and inclusiveness.
I do not know which makes a man more conservative—to know nothing but the present, or nothing but the past.