"The more corrupt the state, the more it legislates."I found the "Saturday Chat," by Kendall Wallace, in The Lowell Sun this last Saturday to be interesting. It talked about our legislative team up on Beacon Hill.
The "Chat" talked about those four gentlemen in terms that suggested they were irreplaceable. As one Sun personality said to me on Sunday, they are the ones who bring home the beacon, or words to that effect. In Mr Wallace's word, "Delegation has moved mountains."
Here is the line of reasoning:
But places like Lowell can never forget that old cities are fragile and need lots of shoring up that often can only happen when you have some tough political clout that can often move mountains.There you have it. We dare not run someone else for Beacon Hill, because we need all the clout the current four folks bring to the job—unless, of course, there is a revolution and the Republicans sweep into office, in which case we are had. But, that is unlikely to happen. That will never happen.
Hopefully the city can continue to make progress, be better run, more efficient and become less dependent on help from state and federal agencies.
But until that time, it still needs all the help it can get.
And those who think Democracy survives best when there is competition and those who keep quoting that ancient Brit about power corrupting are just behind the times. It is a new world and Beacon Hill will lead us out of the wasteland and into the new promised land.
I am, however, nervous about Pennsylvania US Rep John Murtha being in Boston to raise money recently. I hope none of our four were at the event, getting tips on how to legislate. That would not be good.
Regards — Cliff
PS: Note that since this is a link to an article in The Lowell Sun, it will likely expire in 30 days. I will not be updating the link at that point unless I am shut in with the Swine Flu.