Monday, November 3, 2014
Why do they do this? Well, there are several reasons.
Their election advertising for the next year will read "Vote For Mayor Smith" and there are many politically-naïve residents who think that they are actually chosing their mayor. This also allows next year's candidate to get a lot of Mayoral photo-ops and other free advertising without running afoul of the NJ Election Law - so far.
And now with the advent of social media like Facebook, the "Mayor" can open a Facebook page, use his honorific title, and claim that it is a personal page even though he self-identifies as a politician. He loads up this "mayors" page with vote-for-me advertising, only lets his worshippers (otherwise known as fans) and sycophants post on there, and blocks and deletes the comments of residents who don't agree with him.
Of course, this is the same mayor who works as a lobbyist and sent out a disgraceful negative political mailer last week.
"Effective social systems depend heavily on compromise. It is impossible to gather a large number of people without some disagreements, so dissension must often be subverted for the common good. Without a willingness by the majority to compromise, the social structure of the group quickly erodes."
Saturday, November 1, 2014
Hillsborough’s voters can hope that Mr. Tomson and Ms. McCauley understand that this was wrong. If they consider this moral and right, if they consider this politics as usual, if they don’t do whatever they can to correct it, then we are all in trouble.
One can hope that this mailer backfires. That the residents of Hillsborough prove they possess a higher moral character and more intelligence than Tomson and McCauley think they do. That voters realize that this was character assassination that has gone beyond the pale.
It has occurred to the HNJJ crew that members of Hillsborough’s Republican Organization may be afraid to stand up for what they know to be wrong . Maybe they fear that they will be the next target. Maybe this has to do with monetary support or hoped-for political appointments. Maybe there is an old-fashioned shunning that takes place. All of the members of the HNJJ crew are so glad they are unaffiliated. - SG