There is nothing wrong with being ambitious, but when your ambition get in the way of your good sense that is what gets you in trouble. There is a book called Machiavelli in Business.
Some people think it is worth reading. It is what it is, if you take it for what it is worth. Think about this. Why should a person work to make you rich? What do they get out of it?
One of the things politicians miss is that the real people of a community are not going to work to put you in office and keep you in office and get nothing in return. The Democratic Party is guilty of this. Young highly educated African-Americans are flocking to the Republican Party.
Years ago we used to have the young Democrats. What happen to them? We got old and the new regimes are not interested in the young anything.
Political clubs are almost non-existing entities on the political scene. The only time the club is needed is to get signatures on partitions. Someone has to do the legwork.
Monday night used to be service night. People from the community would come into the club and receive help. Sometimes it was just having someone read or write a letter. That kind of thinking is gone with the Dodo bird. On today's political scene, it is done with mirrors. What you see is not what you think you saw.
Where are the new Francis Park, J. Raymond Jones, (the fox) Gerry Daniels, Marion Hathaway, Danny Burrows, Percy Sutton and David Dinkins? Oh we have Senator David Patterson, Charlie Rangel and Councilman Bill Perkins, but they need a supporting cast.
Who replaced Wesley D. McHolder the political theorist of Brooklyn who masterminded the campaigns of the late Shirley Chisholm Congresswoman from Brooklyn?
There are people who would love to have the accolades, but they do not have the ability. They want to start at the top and work down. To quote an unnamed source our candidates snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. That is embarrassing.
Consider this. A few years ago the Rev. Sharpton, with limited resources, almost won the Democratic primary for Mayor of the City of New York. That should have been a wake up call.
If the party is to remain viable in this state there has to be an infusion of new blood. The party cannot talk about what they did for Kennedy or Clinton that is old news. What have you done today?
Look at the liberal party. Dead, Dead, Dead. The so-called political theorists need to study political science 101. They have removed politics from a science that deals with issues to a crapshoot that deals with personalities.
When is the last time you heard a candidate submit a platform, and when they won, fulfill the promises they made?
The time has come when politics is not a profession for a poor man or the average man. It has become the pavilion of the rich, and those who are willing to sell themselves to the devil.
Look at the current crop of candidates seeking the democratic nomination for Mayor. Who are they? Some have been in the news, and never accomplished anything but raise money.
There was a time when candidates ran on their record of achievements in the party and for the people of the community. Some of the people running at this time held limited public office and were not decision makers.
There is nothing wrong with having wealth. What is wrong is using wealth to circumvent and bastardize the democratic process. That is what is wrong. People do not vote, do not participate, and generally do not care who wins an office. Most feel it is immaterial who wins. They have lost faith.
We have an off year election coming up. Let’s see what happens. It should be an indicator of what is to come. Who has the stamina, intellect and know how to run and win. Notice, money was not mentioned.
The super PAC’S have taken care of that. Remember what the Rev. Al did! Single-handed he scared the New York City Democrats by losing to former Borough President Ruth Messenger by 150 votes.
She had the organization but Rev. Al Sharpton had the people. Prov. 29:18, “where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keeps the law, happy is he.”
This is good stuff.