We are not mice
You’ve already heard the news, Johnny “The Sniper” Daniello wants to take out anyone that challenges the power-hungry incumbent regime in Delaware. Here’s the plan:
- Eliminate the fusion candidacy. This way, a potential candidate can no longer run if they believe they will be better able to serve than those that win the primary. Not only that, a person like me who is unable to vote in a primary will never get a chance to vote for someone who I think is worthy, like a Tyler Nixon, or a Karen Hartley-Nagel.
- Eliminate write-in votes. With this in place, I couldn’t even have my vote counted if I think the registered candidates are not worth my support. Listen folks, considering the fact that the General Assembly in the vast majority of cases are not voting with their constituency in mind, our vote is the only way to get our voices heard. We lose even a piece of that, we lose everything. Is this the way to heal Delawares abysmal voter percentage? No, it is the way to cement your pathetic sense of power, a way to become untouchable.
- Silence the bloggers. I don’t know if the remark that Daniello made was serious, but it fits so well. I have no illusions as to how many people read M-BA, but blogs like Dana’s Jason’s and Mike’s reach a lot of folks. The people that read and write these really care about how this state is run, and aren’t afraid to voice it. Examining that, when you have a guy like Mike going to Legislative Hall to have his voice heard in person, or a guy like Dana going to bat for workers rights, it goes beyond pontificating and petty squabbling. You’re starting to change something.
All of these moves seem to be against the intelligent, courageous people who want to change the disgusting state of affairs in the local government. Take our ability to vote for who we like away, force us to choose whatever party hack they anoint, and control our ability to even protest. And you know what really pisses me off? The 90% of Delaware that doesn’t even know this is happening and, in 2008, will vote yet another straight ticket, and keep in power whatever Stalinist incumbents whose black gore still creeps through their antediluvian veins. They have no clue that their rights are being stolen, and probably wouldn’t give a shit if they knew.
Every one of us has a right to some amount of pride; from the person who comments anonymously, to our best writers that go out and do something about it. Be proud that you care, be proud that you voice it, be proud that you vote on it. It’s all we have.
UPDATE: Please see Tyler Nixon’s words offering comfort to our manic little community.