Friday, June 03, 2005

I've Seen This Before

Today we learn that our beloved City Commission can't even get an ethics policy passed. So sad! It's only a three page document that has been developed with bi-partisan support over the past months. It should not have been a surprise to anyone and should have passed without a hitch. But it did not pass.

It would seem that the stated objection to passing it is that by enacting the policy, many members of boards and committees would have to resign as they are in a conflict of interest. Well now, isn't that just what an ethics policy should be about, rooting out conflicts of interet?

How are the City Counselors serving the interest of Tulsans by continuing with the status quo, knowing full well that there are many people in a conflict of interest?

It would seem that the Commission will argue any point at any time. I think they would disagree with the fact that the sky is blue! :)

I have served on a contentious board, and can tell you first hand that it is no fun at all! I lost a lot of sleep and in the end accomplished very little. Any initiative I advanced was cut down. Sometimes agenda tactics were used. One time the President started the meeting a couple of minutes early, knowing I had to get to the meeting in the suburbs from my job downtown. In that short time, about a third of the agenda was "covered". I swear, I got there only about 4 minutes late!

But Tulsa's Commission antics are completely out of hand. Two of the nine members are now up for recall, not due to any impropriety, but to disagreement with past voting. Whatever happened to waiting for the next election? A petition drive to recall four more members and the Mayor of Tulsa is underway. Where has the civility gone? I am afraid the genie is now out of the bottle. Who knows where this will end up? Will the good citizens of T-Town in essence form a new direction for our city?

Is this where relative truth has taken us? If your truth is as good as mine, then who is right? Through the banners of multiculturalism, tolerance and diversity, we have purged our American culture from its historical roots and a belief in a higher absolute Truth. It has evolved into this quagmire and has turned my hometown of Tulsa Oklahoma into a banana republic, controlled by powerful special interests, who are only concerned with enriching themselves and perpetuating their power. Like Machiavelli, they care not for who stands in their way, how they obtain it, or the best way to keep their power. They will say and do ANYTHING to stay in control.

This is not the way our city should be! Good citizens and fellow Tulsans, now is the time to stand up and take control of our town. After sorting out this Commission mess, the best place to begin is with public education.

That's enough for now. I am feeling energized to keep on blogging.

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