Much to the surprise of some, the Coalition of Alzheimer's Families was present at the political debate held at Gracedale's Chapel last night. We were there to listen and observe the County Controller hopefuls debate each other, as well as the County Council seat seekers.
The debate was presented by "The League of Women Voters", whom opened the debate saying that they present and sponsor these debate events so that the county constituents can have their questions answered. The only problem with that was, none of the questions we asked - were asked of, nor addressed to, the candidates at the debate. For example, when Mr. Phillips, behaving in less than an honorable manner spewed flaming arrows at Mr. Barron, a member of COAF presented a question to Mr. Phillips through the moderator. The question was simple and humble, however, the moderator chose not to ask it. So we will ask it here. The question was: Mr. Phillips...where were you when Mr. Barron was fighting to help save Gracedale? Where exactly were you sir?
|Hmm...is that what a 501(c)3 is? Barron knows his stuff!|
|The message delivered to Mr. Barron|
So, why exactly does he want to be the Controller? Well, that's an easy question. According to Mr. Phillips own response in the "LOWV Voters Guide", the major issue he has with the sitting controller is "the pattern of behavior displayed by the current sitting controller". It's anyone's good guess that if Mr. Phillips could see his own behavior last night, he would like himself less than he likes Barron. He had the audacity to speak about ethics and integrity while hypocritically firing bullets and lobbing grenades at Mr. Barron. In the mean time, Mr. Barron sat there exemplifying what the words ethics and integrity actually mean.
Mr. Phillips didn't seem to mind that the sitting controller has saved the county tax payers multi-millions of dollars over the last eight years of his service. How do we know that? Because there were no attacks on the sitting controller regarding that issue when it was presented by Mr. Barron.
Let us (We The People) tell Mr. Phillips and all other political wanna-be's in NorcCo what we approve and disapprove of.
- First, we don't like robots! Why not? because robots don't think for themselves, they are programed by someone else. Mr. Phillips impressed upon us that he will be a robot if elected. How so? Well, throughout his debacle he read from a script, which implies to us that he can't think for himself or work with out a scripted program. Folks, keep in mind that the script programmer pulling the strings could be someone like the ousted Ron Angle. Whom coincidently, was the person running against the incumbent controller from the start.
- We approve of owners. What does that mean? It means that we like leaders who (like all humans) may err. However, when they fumble the ball, they don't make excuses. Instead they take ownership of the miscalculation and then get back in the game. Reasonable folks understand that anyone can err. In fact, history teaches us that when a good leader takes ownership of their err, they (generally speaking) go on to become great leaders. How so? Simple - they learn from their mistake. Mr. Barron clearly demonstrated he has learned from his mistakes.
- We approve of transparency. We simply love leaders who tell us the truth! When Mr. Barron told us there was no need to raise taxes if Gracedale was kept in County hands during the Gracedale initiative, he was being as clear and transparent as he could be, and as fresh air is. History tells us today that Mr. Barron could not have been more transparent then. The present however, makes us feel very skeptical about Mr. Phillips, who didn't throw his hat into the arena until Ron backed out.
- We disapprove of schemers. Wanna-be leaders who present us with one hand in front of our face while sucker-punching us behind the head with their other hand. You know, like the angle of all angles use to do. From our viewpoint, it appears that behind the scenes there may be a scheme in the works to put Ron Angle back into a council seat. How so? Well, consider that Mr. Angle was the one who was supposed to run against the incumbent Barron. He drops out of the race for so called personal reasons (he knew he couldn't win), then Hayden Phillips, who to that point showed no interest in running against Barron, decides to throw his hat into the arena. The possible scheme goes as follows: considering Phillips defeats Barron, his seat is left open for appointment by Council. Assuming the Republicans gain control of Council by way of a majority, they can then appoint the out of control Angle to Phillips seat, and then Ron goes on a rampage to sell Gracedale again, only this time - he may succeed. Who really wants Ron Angle back in office? Certainly not "We The People".
On November 3, 2015
Northampton County Controller