I just got my voters' pamphlet for Multnomah County, Oregon for November 2003, and boy, am I P.O.ed!
Of course, I wasn't surprised to see the guy with "For sale to the highest bidder" tattooed on his forehead, Jim Francisconi, appearing in my mail box as part of Enron's million dollar campaign to get us to bankroll their bankruptcy. "They own me" Jim will do as he's told. It's no surprise and no secret who HIS real constituents are. His job is to bring as many suckers along for the ride as he can by posing as a public servant.
And I guess it's not really a big deal when Neil Goldschmidt and other politico-corporate hacks sign on to Enron's lies. I am disappointed with them as human beings, but I was never convinced they were vertebrates. (The most frustrating part is how these giant corporations use OUR money to finance all this slick merchandising, featuring all these purchased celebrities, to get us to buy the manacles of our own servitude.)
But I found a letter in the Voter's Pamphlet signed by four of the current Multnomah County Commissioners, urging voters to reject taking over the electric utility with a Peoples' Utility District, a letter employing many of Enron's most ridiculous distortions and lies. It was a truly depressing and sickening sight.
This letter is an act of betrayal and gross public irresponsibility. I voted for these people (at least some of them). They said they would work in the public interest to the best of their abilities. They are supposed to be working FOR the people. They took an oath of office. Now they betray us all by joining Enron in theft, deception and disenfranchising us of our resources and our right to control our own energy future.
Of course public officials must work in harmony local businesses, large corporations and all sorts of public and private institutions. We have no problem them meeting with corporations, of cooperating on joint projects, of seeking assistance and mutual benefit. But they need to remember who they work for. In this case, Enron stands against the public, and our Commissioners ought to be representing us, not Enron.
Maybe they think there will be no consequences to this act. Maybe they figure we'll all forget the part they played in this big rip-off. No. We won't forget. Win or lose, these people are traitors. Let them declare their error publicly now, loud and clear; let them support the people and the People's Utility District; let them reverse this damage before the election; let them join us in creating something good for the future - something they know is very well thought-out, and which we have been planning for generations. Otherwise, they will pay for their anti-social irresponsibility.
And so, without leaders, with a public that allows its decisions to be made by TV advertising and the salesmen with the most cash, how can we take control of our lives and our destiny? Beverly Stein, where are you, when we need you?