Clock’s Ticking, Dude
(Stephanie Kienzle) When our Founding Fathers envisioned a thriving democracy, one of their goals was that ordinary citizens, for the love of country, would put down their plows, leave the field, hire some farm hands and head on over to the Capitol to do some public service. It was supposed to be a temporary gig, and at the end of a term these civic minded folks would hop the next train home and get back to their harvests. As a reward for their civic duty, they’d get a frame-able certificate to hang over the fireplace mantle. I bet they were damn proud of that certificate!
Over the years, some snake oil salesman figured out a way to turn public service into a lucrative profession, hence the term “career politician” was born. Ever since that pivotal moment, career politicians have mistaken their role in the scheme of things, believing that public service is a business opportunity instead of a labor of love. Career politicians expect that winning an election entitles them to large salaries and outrageous benefits, instead of an opportunity to do good works for the people who entrusted them with their votes.
North Miami Beach mayor Myron Rosner is just such a career politician.
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