Elections Are Almost Here
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
We are now into the time where one can predict some races and our local mayor's race seems to be out of reach of Jefferson Smith and Nolan may want to start looking for a job. Looks like 80 will be defeated but the corporations will have to kick in some more money to the state of Oregon.
I am a little sad that it looks like Jefferson Smith will not be in City Hall, he would be much more in tune to the needs of everyday people than Hales. I think we will have our hands full trying to get Charlie to listen to us and reform the Portland Police Department. I did not vote for either of them, I wrote in Scott Fernandez and was proud of that vote. My hope is that Charlie will be a pleasant surprise, kind of like Sen. Merkley. I did not vote for Merkley in the democratic primary but will vote for him next time around. Sen. Merkley is much better than the "wyden." The polls are showing that Commissioner Fritz will be returned for another 4 years of service. I will not be happy about this but did not vote for Mary Nolan who I think would be worse. My hope is that Amanda will begin to understand that if she just votes with the boys she will, sooner or later, be on the outside of city hall. She and Novick have a chance to work together and do some good stuff, I don't have much confidence in that, but it could happen if you who disagreed with me about Fritz will stay on her case and get her to understand she represents our interests and not her own. We shall see.
All in all not much will change unless people begin to understand that elections are not the end of the journey but the beginning and we must keep the pressure on. I have always criticized protests that go to city hall for one vote and move on; we must do better. After a tough election, like the one Amanda has/is going through, this is the time to meet with her and let her know that some of her votes on the council were wrong and you will not be there next time around to pull her out of the mess she created. Celebrate your victory but get back to work soon. There is a place for people who stood with Amanda, I am just not one of them. So, her successes or failures will be on those who say they are progressives but saw in her something that I did not. I have been pulling back on my activism for the last month or so and will continue to save my energy for those things that really piss me off, like JTTF, fluoridation of our water, secret meetings with lobbyists, etc etc. I will no longer attend protests that ask permission to exercise 1st Amendment Rights or are scheduled on the weekends. If there is direct confrontation I will be there if I can, I hate parades. Well, see you in the streets, not because I like it, because in a republic you must keep the pressure on politicians. As one of my heroes would say, "enjoy your Protest."