Here are three quotes that describe a politician; pick the one you feel that best applies to the announced candidates for Council. When I read in Bernice's blog that Rev. Brown* and Council President Mapp were running as a ticket, of course with the local Chairman's blessing I at once picked those three to reflect my disgust
I never desire to know anything of the detail of political measures, lest even those which I think best should lose anything of their intrinsic value to me, by seeing what low, paltry, personal motives and base machinery and dirty hands have helped to bring them about. FANNY KEMBLE, Further Records, Feb. 14, 1874
A politician is like quicksilver: if you try to put your finger on him, you find nothing under it. AUSTIN O'MALLEY, Keystones of Thought
Whenever a man has cast a longing eye on offices, a rottenness begins in his conduct. ~Thomas Jefferson
But there is another quote that reflects on the majority of the electorate; Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote. ~George Jean Nathan
I am by nature opposed to any religious leader being an elected official. In most cases if they are sincere in their religious beliefs there are too many times when they can not act without their personal bias affecting their actions.
In other instances even as a small majority they tend to impose their beliefs upon the majority.Examples are the Theocracy that rules Iran and the small extreme orthodox rabbinical group that has created restrictive laws in Israel; an example no bus service on the Sabbath even in the largest cities.
For those reasons alone I am disturbed by Rev. Brown's candidacy for Councilor at Large. I know there may not be a major religious impact, but is it not possible taht some form of the "Blue Laws" might be proposed?
But even more important is a question of her qualifications. Certainly her stint as a Commissioner for PMUA has not demonstrated a concept of working in the public interest. Of course she did not vote for the atrocious payout, but she did not oppose it. Absence can help one from making a public declaration.
Rev. Brown has already demonstrated her priorities by her defense of her parishioner, the Mayor's actions in the WBLS incident.
Mr. Mapp the defender of transparency and good government as proclaimed by the "New Democrats" has suddenly switched hats and has become a Green proselyte. And he blasted Burney for seeking the Committee's line. Protestations of ethical conduct disappear when it is time to vote an in-law into a paying civil position
No wonder Annie McWilliams is not seeking reelection . She has appeared to be honestly committed to good government and as things play out she must have become very discouraged.We need more Annie McWilliamses in government.
There is whole month ahead for untainted candidates to come out of the woodwork and perhaps enough voters who desire good government will turn out at primary time. The hope for an independent ticket in November is less likely since too many vote by party not by the person.
Plainfielders prepare yourselves for four more years of mediocrity.
*An error is corrected, I had mistakenly written Rev. Taylor instead of Rev. Brown. Thanks to those who caught that mistake.