…Lets Find Out and Not Burden Them with Extraordinary Standards.
December will bring a big change in leadership from a conservative business first mentality to a
_____ (Edit: previously blank line struck through thanks to anon in comments) governing first mentality.
I don’t know what to expect as Councilwomen Atkins, Arroyo, and Bergel will illustrate their own vision of leadership when we begin to think outside the current governing principle that what is best for a few successful businesses is necessarily best for the community at large.
I’m really excited about the potential, but my expectations are low because the challenges before our community are so high. Government and leaders alone only have so much influence. Their positions are obviously critical and they will be determinate in guiding our future, but this response to conservative commenter Just Watching is not right.
Just Watchin: This will be fun to watch. No more blaming conservatives. Be careful of what you wish for.
Eric Kirk: You’re absolutely right JW. No excuses two years from now. The conservative majority on the County Board has also been in place for several years now, but unfortunately the majority of voters don’t hold them accountable for results. But progressives have come to expect double standards, so yes, we had better produce!
What production? Higher employment rates? Fewer innocent civilian deaths with no repercussions? (OK, that standard does need to be met.) Less drug use? Higher wages? Reinvigorated and less hostile schools? I hope these and other metrics increase noticeably, but the thinking that a non-conservative City Council can make measurable or noticeable changes in a community at large in two years, or even four years is setting a governing philosophy up for failure.
Governing is about policy, and the changes that are needed will not take two or four years. What it will take is constant vigilance, the right decisions, and a belief in government (no, not faith conservatives). Right now we are under constant threat of electing those who discard the importance of government, and arguably information and education from winning elections. If we expect to produce noticeable changes in 2 or 4 years as a standard, instead of say, asking our leaders to make decisions and then defending those decisions come election time, we will doom ourselves to play out the political rut we are currently demonstrating at the national level. There it seems the common wisdom is – if life isn’t currently exactly the way I expect it to be, let’s kick the bums out.
That’s not how change will occur. Real change, the change we need, takes effort over time – years and decades. Its a change that requires proactive thinking, a trust in community including both the business and private sector, inclusion instead of exclusion, and fewer political games.
The right thrives on political games. If we
on the left (or ______) (Edit: thanks to anon in comments) unilaterally withdraw from the games, and focus our efforts on explaining exactly what and why we do what we do, trusting the electorate to figure out the gamesmanship of KINS and it’s supporters, I believe those willing to govern and take on hard decisions will win more often than not.
We can start by not setting ourselves up for failure by trying to meet standards set by those wishing us to fail.
One more thing from that thread…
John Fullerton: “Is it a good thing to have a city council with only one member has ever owned a business?”
Eric Kirk: “I think so. I own a business and I don’t feel qualified to run a government entity.”
That’s another thing. We don’t need to hold ourselves up to some extraordinary standard set by our political adversaries. Eric, you would make an awesome and thoughtful leader on the City Council or Board of Supervisors. What makes you unqualified but any of the current Humboldt County Supervisors or Eureka City Councilmembers up there qualified outside of personality differences?