The Hezitorial That Speaks to Your Future Prospects
The standard bearers of Yonkers political outcome have bequeathed a legacy full of promises from which results have been in the majority stillborn. The spin eclipsed discourse. The formula is one tried and true to the City of Yonkers, where voters are shepherded by waiting out the clock, and avoiding definition of self, or worse, the candidate defining himself/herself by intent to mislead the voter. This is an often used template that is derogatory and dismissive of the electorate yet aligned to the political party faithful. It is a standard of behavior that undermines the democratic process by which the voter is relegated inconsequential by the fact that most candidates do not listen, and if/when they do, they do not have the capacity to comprehend.
Is it not a given that the City of Yonkers has arrived at a juncture by which the promises expressed to the electorate twenty years hence have evaporated as Yonkersites patiently awaited the vision to become part of the landscape? Yonkersites wanted our elected officials to succeed and when the first year failed, we stayed the course with the same deficient outcome. We kept the faith, and hunkered down for a second and third year and then a fourth. We were played and we knew it. Frustration gave way to the realization that options were non-existent. Disgruntled, we felt duty bound to vote, it was a civic responsibility after all.
The process failed us as well. Those elected translated what could have been viewed as acquiescence due to no alternative options, or fear of losing employment, or those of our relatives already part of the gravy train while winners chose to call it a mandate in which they gained all the accouterments of power, and the electorate, the greater populace / taxpayer gained little other than the promise of a job, unacknowledged and kicked to the curb, when realizing their hopes and aspirations for a dynamic city and improved prospects for themselves and family, neighbors and neighborhoods had been expunged by promises that would not or could not be kept.
The incongruity of the words espoused to encourage hope and purpose would instead be vanquished by the vote cast for what, for whom, and why?
Are our elected officials delivering on their promise? Are they focused on serving the constituents they claim to represent or is it all about them?
Fear not the next paragraphs as this writing need not hear a mea culpa from anyone. Instead of a father confessor, it may be best to seek the safety of your own mind to gain the answer you may wish to search. A truth not maligned by fear of telling those who have the capacity to hurt you or your family or your prospects at work. A sense of honesty to which political correctness need not lean, an environment that cannot cause one harm other than knowing fact from falsehood, understanding the environment that may just as easily exalt your prospects or extinguish them.
When you look at the contenders for political office, can you define them on issues? Are issues pertinent? Is ethnicity a concern? Perhaps it is the color of a candidate’s skin, their gender, religion, or a step up the employment ladder because we live in a world in which merit is a meaningless currency as others trade on who they know, not what they know. The common denominator in this “get along to get along world” has after decades robbed Yonkersites of corrective conduct and even fewer options.
We have collectively been reduced to regurgitating the party line which allows us the last opportunity to hang onto that last aspect of self worth, our individual job, from which we may be dismissed if we do not tow the line of praising our employer on a one to one basis or of undermining him, and those that speak for him, by speaking about that employer derisively with our colleagues. It doesn’t seem as though we’re in the United States, does it? if not where are we?
Is there an alternative outcome to which we can aspire? Can it be done? Can the political machine be transformed toward attaining a different and attainable result that is responsive to the needs of the constituents? This writer believes it can be so.
Transformation will come about when frustration morphs over time to credible, doable visions that serve society. Yonkersites must develop a sense of self that they define as Yonkers. We can no longer wait for hyphenated names to be dropped so that we can stand up as individuals proud of the world we create for ourselves and our fellow residents. The measurements of worth must be reassessed. So must our knowledge of people from all walks of life. the prejudice of our lack of knowing our neighbor is another failure from which and by which our future has been imprisoned.
It is time we demanded more of those who stand before us. They must deliver on their promises or know that they will not get a second chance to learn on the job.
Yonkersites will do well to be honest with ourselves. Only then will our prospects for ourselves and the City of Yonkers have a chance.
Primary Elections will be conducted on Tuesday, September 12th. The incumbents of the past, even those that claim to be in juxtaposition to those who return for another opportunity at sucking on the city teat, may or may not prove themselves worthy of your vote. However your vote is cast, it is most important that you cast your vote. It is important that whomever the winner may be, they recognize that the district has more than a few people engaged in the process of electing people to office. Also remember to return to the next election when those who have not delivered as they promised will gain your vote for another candidate.
The process is grueling. it demands involvement. Yonkersites can win only if they stay engaged.
“If you see something, say something” in Yonkers politics, as well as with respect to homeland security.
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