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Response to Warpy (Reply #1)

Fri Apr 14, 2017, 08:20 AM

2. Thank you.

I agree that there are instances where running a candidate in a primary is, at very best, symbolic, if lightening strikes in other districts/states, it will send a clear message. I also understand that winning an election -- from the lowest local level on up -- is only the start. I recently finished two terms on the local school board. While I was able to do some good, it was a frustrating experience. One of my doctors had laughed when I first told him I was going to run; he said, "No credit, all the blame." (Later, with a straight face, I asked him why he didn't warn me?)

Another dynamic that is damaging is that people frequently believe that getting their candidate elected equals crossing the finish line. That's simply not true. Once elected, that person needs the public to continue to remain engaged, and advocating for positive change. That was obviously true when President Obama took office: the coalition that elected him sat back, creating a void that the tea party filled. Even at that school board level, the attendance at meetings was extremely low. The shit heads on the board liked that, since the public made them uncomfortable. We need to make them uncomfortable. Creative tension, as Dr. King taught, is a good thing.

Being a target is something that I've accepted as part of my duty. I've never been concerned with threats -- those who are serious do not give warnings. I have saved part of a board, wrapped in flag-colored crepe paper, that a gentleman broke over my head at a march years ago. He struck from behind, luckily on my rock of a head! Now, I admit that did sting. But threats? I don't feel that stick.

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