Sunday, December 26, 2010

The whole point is ...

The School Board election represents your opportunity to exercise the only real control you have over the administration of your power and resources.

It represents your only opportunity to institutionalize transparent accountability to meaningful standards of conduct and competence, into the leadership of the APS.

This is about the message, it is not about the messenger.

The whole point is; there is no one of us more qualified to do anything, than all of us.

You can't elect a person in place of establishing a process.

You must "elect" the process;

  • transparency, limited by only by the law and consistent with our own standards of conduct.
  • honest accountability, under an impartial system powerful enough to hold even the most powerful, accountable even against their will. Casino security on the administration of the public trust and treasure.
  • a seat for stakeholders, at the table where decisions are made.

If there is someone more likely than I, to establish honest accountability to meaningful standards of conduct and competence for politicians and public servants within public service, I will help to elect them.

Who else did you have in mind?

In days of olde, folks used to sit back and watch
as their champions defended their interests, in battle.

It doesn't work that way anymore.

Someone needs to do something.

Anyone who wants a seat at the table has first to earn that seat on the field. That is the way it works for the first few.

A champion is only the person who happens to be holding the flag. Though s/he might be willing to die defending the flag, it is not their main obligation to defend it.

It is up to others to defend it.

The people are the leader.
It is they, whose fists pound the table last.

Those who wait for the perfect circumstances to act
will find only the perfect excuse for never doing anything at all.

There is this time, this place, these players.

At stake; control over the people's power and resources.
government of the people, by the people and for the people,
which when finally won are, self evidently self sustaining.

There is no stopping an idea whose time has come
and it makes no difference at all, who points it out.
One withstands the invasion of armies;
one does not withstand the invasion of ideas.
Victor Hugo
There is nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come.

Tyranny can be overcome with torches and pitchforks.

They are the only tools that have ever worked,
and they're the only ones that ever will.

Usurpers do not simply give back what they have usurped.

It just not the way they roll.

photo Mark Bralley

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