I guess I agree with Liljenquist, but he needs to understand why so few of the
citizenry get involved in municipal elections. It's because of the
perception, not unrealistic, that the mayors and city councils are owned by
developers. After all it is the developers who have deep pockets who can help
candidates in countless ways. The average joe can't match that kind of
firepower. So the rank-and-file only get involved out of desperation, when an
issue so gravely affects their situation that they must act. Then their remarks
to city officials tends to be shrill and angry, not likely to be endearing to
city officials. Democracy is not a game among equals. Were it so, more would
be involved. My 2 cents - Davis County politics is owned lock, stock, and
barrel by developer interests. What can I do as a little guy to be heard? Not
much, so I'm sitting out this year's elections as usual.
Perhaps if we had a healthy two-party system, more people would vote. As of
now, voters don't feel like they can make a difference. The system is
@marxist:If you feel the developers are in charge, run for city
council. It doesn't take money to knock every door in your council
district to be heard. It doesn't take money to call everyone on the voter
list (if you have decent phone service, where local calls are free, or an
unlimited plan on your cell phone) to be heard. It doesn't take money to
recruit volunteers and send them out into the community spreading your message
so it can be heard. What it takes is someone who actually cares enough to do
something other than complaining and throwing their hands up in disgust. It
takes a leader who can inspire people. It takes action, not words. It takes
caring, not complaining. I do wish more people would get involved, though.
They just may see that one person, properly motivated and acting out of a real
desire to serve, can make a difference.
If we marched on City Hall every time the electricity was off grid for more than
five minutes, as Dan contends, there'd be massive demonstrations on a
regular basis. It sometimes seems like every time there's a little wind
storm the electricity is off, and it's off for a whole lot longer than five
minutes. Then sometimes you just get a note stuck on your door the same day to
let you know they're digging up the street and you will have no
electricity, or gas or water, until they've finished.