Ken Lanci:Working For The Greater Good
By Ilana Greene and Jonathan Ephraim
The outcome of the last election precipitated this book. Ken Lanci as an independent and was defeated. He works now for the people, and this book is Ken’s rationale.
Politicians are notorious liars. The political culture is such that a lie doesn’t even occasion a pang of conscience. As such, Ken intended this book to go beyond the misleading sound bite, to offer a fully developed case for the necessity of the work he now does.
Depicted on the cover of this volume is Ken reaching skyward for divine guidance. His efforts on behalf of the greater good involve caring for the least among us. Politicians glibly call themselves servants of the people, but do they address our true concerns or serve moneyed interests? Poor people are not, individually or collectively, a moneyed interest. As such, the political class doesn’t feel obligated to them.
A politician is a creature of a perverse pragmatism: he or she does what he or she must to hold onto power. Politicians do not serve as a bridge between the administration and the people. The disempowered residents of Cleveland—less and less a moneyed interest—have been forgotten. They are largely irrelevant to self-interested political calculation. And this is not a condition peculiar to Cleveland. People all over the country—much of the world, in fact—are pushing back against those who have forgotten them.
Ken has been a moving force in the community his entire life, but the problems that plague us are beyond anything one man can solve. As such, for the last six years Ken has been enlisting the involvement of charities, today totaling more than 100. In the absence of a quick solution, even with all of this involvement, there is no substitute for a plan. There is no problem we cannot think through.