no, i'm not being dishonest to any degree....YOu are being dishonest in the extreme. The people who were elected by the people ARE NO LONGER THE ACTUAL GOVERNMENT. The actual government, the one who holds ALL THE POWERS OF GOVERNMENT, both legislative and executive as well as many new powers normally NOT held by government, is the emergency manager. That is the local government. And the people most certainly DO NOT get to vote for them.
can you cite where this law suspends or delays elections?.. if not.. then the people can still vote for their local government... their voting rights are still wholly intact.
what you are talking about is the emergency managers, appointed by the state government, legally usurping the powers of the city government... which is very very different from stripping voters rights away.
as far as I can see, the powers that are usurped all revolve around financial decision making.. and yes, that does get pretty broad, but it does not include all powers of local government.
I much prefer to see a local government act in accordance with it's fiduciary responsibilities... that would be the best case scenario for me.... but when faced wit ha situation where they do not, what are we supposed to do?.. just say **** it and let the city collapse under it's own weight?
I don't necessarily mind the duly elected state government stepping up and setting things right when the local government either won't or can't.... for gods sake, somebody has to.
dear lord.... you taught high school kids government for 30 years?.. and now you work in public policy making?... well, ummm.. no comment.
I taught high school government for over three decades. I am sensitive to the cement that holds our delicate system of representative government together... and that is the vote of the citizens for the government making decisions for them. That is the glue that holds it all together and gives it legitimacy. Once you remove that, you have no better than a dictatorship imposed upon the people against their will.
seen it and heard it before...what's your point in posting it?.. is someone coming for you?...do you need help?The timeless wisdom of Niemoller seems to fit you and others perfectly
[I]First they came for the communists,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a communist.
Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a Jew.
Then they came for me
and there was no one left to speak out for me.
in any event.. Samuel Colt is always there to speak for me