People Have Spoken
a fifth of registered Democrats voted in the all-important
primary on the 13th. After all the kicking and screaming this
year. A fifth.
can blame, in part, an overwhelming sense of defeat which
has pervaded this community for a couple of decades, growing
can blame, in part, the fact that many in the city of Buffalo
are too damn tired from overwork to pay attention.
can blame a catastrophically bad education system, which has
churned out a generation of functional illiterates who are
probably better off not voting.
mainly, we can only blame ourselves, for all of these conditions
are the result of the poisonous cocktail of apathy and misguided
trust we’ve been imbibing since the late ‘70s.
of misguided trust, the Buffalo News couldn’t conceal
its glee at Brown’s success, as displayed in its next-day
headline, “Brown trounces Gaughan in Buffalo mayoral
primary.” Apparently, winning by less than 6,000 votes
qualifies as a “trouncing” when nobody shows up.
Oddly enough, the very next day, in a piece co-written by
Robert McCarthy, the same person who wrote the “trouncing”
article, the News admits that “Nearly 41 percent of
Democrats voted against Brown in the primary.”
course, that isn’t really true, either; the reality
is that 75 to 80 percent of Democrats sat on their fat, pizza-laden
asses and watched TV on primary day. They almost certainly
comforted themselves with the usual excuses for their laziness—“they’re
all the same, all in cahoots”—but how many of
these people spent a significant portion of the last year
bitching to anyone who would listen about the sorry state
of local affairs? How many railed about “throwing the
bastards out?” Certainly many more than showed up at
listen well, Buffalo: the next time you see us out and feel
like giving us an earful about how corrupt and inept our local
government is, do us a favor and eat shit. If you’re
not willing to literally lift a damn finger to change things,
you forfeit your right to bitch. Just shut up and take your
medicine like the feeble-minded humps you are.
Patronage? Business as usual? The problem is you.
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