Why this matters
Posted in the Dixmoor Forum
#1 Feb 2, 2014
Too many politicians care more about winning their next election than doing what is right. Too many operatives will work for anyone who can pay them, no matter their relative merit. Politics is sometimes nasty and brutish, and sometimes compromises are called for, but don’t happen.
What’s my point? It’s this: be proud of what you do. Politics — whether elected or non-elected, in the campaign or in the government, on the right or on the left – is a noble profession. It matters because the issues matter. The direction of your village matters. Our future matters.
Lots of money gets spent on campaigns – but more money gets spent on potato chips every year in the US (as a percentage of GDP) then on the political process. Which is more important?
Hold your head up high, and love what you do. Advocate for your candidates, speak up for your views. Turn down that compromise if it isn’t in the best interests of your neighborhood, state, or country. And the next time someone asks,“What do you do?” answer, in all honesty…“Something that matters.”
One final thought: an objection you’ll hear time and again when you proudly say,“I’m in politics.” It’s a refrain you’ve heard before: sure… we can disagree on political issues, but they way we do it today is far uglier than it used to be. Political argument used to be more civilized. It’s wasn’t argument at all… it was civilized discourse and statesmanlike debate.
Politics has always been nasty. It’s always been rough and tumble. But if anything, it’s gotten more civil, not less.
Glenview Nas, IL
#2 Feb 2, 2014
Huh? Hey Guy, I'm entitled. I'm built like Flicka, you know? It's all good.
#3 Feb 3, 2014
You gonna be suprised the can of Whoop Ass that is gonna be opened up on one of these phony trustees.
#4 Feb 4, 2014
Who is going to be in the running? Word is that none of the incumbents are running. Grove-Badon, Lind-Davies, have all but quit. And they probably should quit but what would be the new people’s backgrounds? What are their qualifications? What platforms will they run on? What are their solutions? We should be firm believers of the quote "If it's not broken, don't fix it." The Village should band around Mayor Tokar and only vote for his supporters and avoid the temptation to “win over” opposition instead of “rewarding” support. This always worked before. That should be what the Village does.
Ask these new people if they are just well intended but vicious and incompetent people without management experience like some former Trustees, or someone who needs no Trustee or other business management experience to run the Village? We live in a democracy. Everyone should have their chance, but do not vote for dreamers. Some of our current Trustees can’t read financial statements, so make sure that you elect new Trustees that can. And elect Trustees that want to do their business in the open and not behind closed doors.
#5 Aug 8, 2014
If you do away with the incumbents then this Mayor has no supporters
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