Apparently Chicago Alderman Joe Moore is the non-reform reformer after a Rogers Park Ward Office worker reported to him via email that she saw an intern labeling political fliers in the alderman's taxpayer-funded office and told him "You don't need a scandal over something so completely avoidable!"
Ironically the one thing that was more than avoidable here was that that ward worker, Anne Sullivan, shouldn't have been fired by Joe Moore for doing her due-diligence and trying to watch his back after he spent an entire career shaping an image of being a political reformer.
But in true Chicago fashion, Alderman Moore denied that it ever happened until City Council Watchdog Faisal Khan released a report and a Chicago Tribune Freedom of Information Act Request left serious doubt as to what was said regarding the matter and when he actually knew about it.
And now Moore says this of Khan “The alleged misconduct he’s uncovered, even if all true, is such penny-ante stuff, it makes you wonder how he justifies his existence.” So I guess it is no coincidence then that other alderman have now joined in with Moore in voicing their displeasure of Faisal Khan. Hmm..perhaps something of an epidemic among alderman who don't like to being held accountable for their actions?
Man oh man, I just don't know how any Chicago Politician (or politicians statewide for that matter) can stand up and speak with a straight face anymore. It seems they have all decided that the rules and laws governing their actions no longer apply to them. And God forbid should they ever be confronted with evidence to the contrary. Because that is when the real fun begins as the Regular Joe's and Josephine's have to put up with their ridiculous innuendos, political spins and/or temper tantrums about this "penny-ante stuff." Well Mr. Moore, rules whether deemed major or minor - are still the damn rules!
At least that is what I teach my son!
Whatever happened to people owning-up for their actions? Where in the hell is Harry Truman when you really need him eh? At least he was honest enough to say that the buck stops here. And given that history tells us that he took it on the chops plenty of times for failing to be like the legendary and beloved invalid FDR I am beginning to seriously reassess who the real heroes of government have been despite what their political flaws may have allegedly been.
According to the Truman Library Website it says "On more than one occasion President Truman referred to the desk sign in public statements. For example, in an address at the National War College on December 19, 1952 Mr. Truman said, "You know, it's easy for the Monday morning quarterback to say what the coach should have done, after the game is over. But when the decision is up before you -- and on my desk I have a motto which says The Buck Stops Here' -- the decision has to be made. In his farewell address to the American people given in January 1953, President Truman referred to this concept very specifically in asserting that, "The President--whoever he is--has to decide. He can't pass the buck to anybody. No one else can do the deciding for him. That's his job."
And you know what? I think that whether it be the President of the United States or the lowest local government official the time has come for the people of this once Great Nation to reassess what their current crop of officials are giving them and then hold them accountable.
And now that I think about it - when in the hell that ideal change anyway?
Yeah we get it about political machines and their need to get like-minded people elected to further a common political agenda - but the corruption and insane need for greed has got to stop. You know there was once a time when government at least listened to the will of the people and/or were willing to compromise to get essential legislation passed - but no more!
Now it is all about petty party partisanship and pay to play. And nowhere is that more evident than right here in the City of Chicago and the State of Illinois. Sadly too many people have sold out, and in doing so have left the rest of us with frauds and charlatans at the helm. But I have ask them - have their lives gotten any better or is just those lives who are connected to a corrupt machine politics that have gotten better? Now be real honest with yourselves here!
And that especially goes for people like Alderman Joe Moore.
We don't need to hear about how offended you are. How about thinking of putting your constituents first instead? Besides shouldn't they be the ones who should be offended with the twisting of the truth or is that just not part of your reform ethos?
But don't worry Joe, I'm sure there are those who are willing to let you off the hook - but maybe you should reevaluate what reform means?
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