YONKERS, NY — November 4, 2018 — Yonkers has always engaged in some form of drama in one form or another. It is as if witnessing bullying tactics, unseemly confrontations, and wishful thinking of grandeur has no bounds. On the one hand we find John Khader, self -described Poobah of the Mediterranean Political Action Committee (MPAC) espousing grand designs for one political candidate he may be backing that eclipses his capacity in one way or another. Even so, the prognostications are as off key as an ear trained to listen to a pianist as opposed to the similar, albeit disparate sound of a harpsichord. Such seems to be the so-called lack of integrity of the self professed leadership that he has been leading. He has excelled in driving a robust community of Christians and Moslems of Arabic and Middle Eastern nations from whom lineage is connected into total animus and disarray. His effort is the “autocratic” governance that harkens to the “strong man” formula not so successful abroad now being translated to the “new land” with equal failure and little respect. Rather than earned respect, the prospect for bludgeoning various perspectives into a state of silence and thereby control is failing among a community more enlightened that the likes of John Khader would care to fathom and worse still, is incapable of comprehending.
The the so-called “Old Worlds” were the birthplace of the international revolution best known today as the “Arab Spring”. It began in Tunisia, and spread to some degree or another from Morocco to Iran, Asia, Central and South America, Africa, Europe, and yes, even Canada and America. American has yet to recognize that the “American Spring” is likewise the revolution that has gained purpose and strength among the non-homogeneous people that comprise the United States of America.
Among the most recent immigrants, such as those who are members of MPAC, the old-world respect of naught and make-believe prognostications continues. Even so, it chafes the sensibilities that diminish the sense of freedom, cerebrally or viscerally understood. Juxtaposed to the “reality” of the “new” world, those who are desirous to control “their” community through bullying tactics of fear and dominations will, with the implied threats of retribution and diminution of respect and station are failing as they espouse a sense of self-worth to which they cannot claim to have yet earned. Alas, at the present trajectory, like a comet racing toward our sun ablaze with sparks and light, that self-deluded comet is shrinking by the seconds.
Were John Khader interested in drinking an enlightened elixir, the Arab community would be better respected from within and without.
The only issue at present is whether John Khader has the capacity to wear a larger pair of britches rather that those he presently wears and whether Yonkers City Councilman Mike Khader, John’s younger brother can eclipse his acquiescence to pass the FY2018-2019 Budget laden with a tax hike of 6.2% on Yonkersites that could have been accomplished in a different manner that would not have created the layoffs contemplated. That too was a scam. The fact that since passage of the budget earlier this year Yonkers City Council President Michael Khader has yet to grapple, study, and thereby formulate a different scenario for FY2019-2020 is outrageous because it reveals his lacking leadership skills that cannot be eclipsed by the inexact “double speak” that works for Madison Avenue but accomplishes little to ameliorate the challenges facing Yonkersites.
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