Friday, March 2, 2012

OH POLITICS

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.

9 comments:

  1. I'll forgive you the name mash-up Doc, but the sentiments are generally irrefutable.

    Adrian Mapp and Tracey Brown are what is bad about Plainfield politics, and are representative of what holds us back.

    Just think, Mapp votes twice to channel money to Malcolm Dunn's Incubator through an illegal job training contract. He happily votes for Dunn to become a PMUA commissioner, from which we are rewarded when Dunn votes to gift Watson & Ervin, the PMUA Executive quitters, with an outrageous settlement totaling nearly $1 million, the very same Watson & Ervin who helped Tracey Brown and other PMUA commissioners make off with $100,000s of illegal healthcare benefits over the years.

    Of course Mapp wasn't alone in his votes. Annie McWilliams, Bill Reid,and Bridget Rivers voted the same way.

    Bridget Rivers, former school board president. Bill Reid, former PMUA commissioner, now on the Council. Dunn, former Council President, now a PMUA commissioner. Harold Mitchell, former Councilman and Mayor, now a PMUA commissioner. Tracey Brown, PMUA commissoner, councilwoman wannabe. Adrian Mapp, Council President, former councilman, onetime freeholder, brother-in-law of former PMUA commissioner-alternate, and current commissioner nominee.

    Have I forgotten Green & Briggs? They're in there somewhere too, I'm sure.

    Yeah, Annie may have gotten tired of this too, but she probably knew what she was getting into.

    Anyway, for those of you who don't think of all this as a self-inflicted pain, you've got another opportunity for four more years and four more tears.

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  2. "I don't have all the answers, just the right ones!"
    This statement could be attributed to just about any of our local, state or national politicians. They all believe this of themselves!
    It was uttered by Ted Bundy on death row in Florida back in the 80s.
    I guess politicians and sociopaths share many of the same traits and mindsets! LOL

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  3. Rev Brown used to also serve on the Plainfield Board of Education. She ran on the ticket with BOE member Wilma Campbell, Barbra James, and i think Bishop Bright.

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  4. Doc, why do you not like Religious Leader's? I was at a Council meeting where you asked for the prayer to be taken out. WHY? we all need prayer. What was so heart breaking was to hear Councilwomen Rebecca Williams agree with you. who is see SATAN.

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  5. Tracy Brown scares me, as any conservative religious figure and I don't think her moral ladder is set very high if she defends our dishonest and disrespectful mayor. I hope this isn't the truth and will have to make my decisions based on the truth when and if I get it. Thanks for the heads-up.

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  6. Religious leaders tend to be evangelistic by nature and as a class do not believe that other religions have any rights. This applied to even various sects of the same faith be it Christianity, Islam, or Judaism.

    A prayer to start a meeting is nonsense. Our political leaders should have enough intelligence to make informed decisions without the help of some "supreme being". The feelings of others are often offended b y the nature of the prayer even if non-sectarian it could be offensive to the agnostic or atheist. or some one of a major faith that worships multiple gods.

    Do unto others etc.

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  7. I think we should be less concerned about Tracey Brown's religious side than her parishoners should be worried about her political side.

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  8. The Rev Tracy Brown didn’t do anything notable while on the school board, a no-show at a very important vote for the Puma commission and now she think she deserve our vote for a seat on the council. She should stick with what she is good at, Preaching! She’s just another Jerry Green Muppet! Brown & Mapp on a ticket, really? Heaven help us! Plainfield slides deeper into the gutter every day. Say NO to Mapp and Solaris’ plan for Muhlenberg!

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  9. Mapp or Brown won't have my vote! They are as crooked as they come.

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