Tammany Hall’s Boss Tweed ruled 19th Century New York City with an iron political fist. He is fascinating to read about, but eventually got caught up in his own web and died in prison. He wielded crazy political power and corruption. He had many minions to do his bidding.
It took courage in 19th century New York City to bring down Boss Tweed. People feared him. He was a petty tyrant and for a while New York City was his dictatorship.
Boss Tweeds have existed throughout history. Different countries, centuries, same M.O. Boss Tweeds operate on a fear based system. They still exist today. They exist because we are politically complacent and allow them to exist.
Election season is about a month away. Throughout Pennsylvania there will be local and county elections.
The result depends on the voters. There is plenty of whining and whispering behind hands but do all of you have the courage to put some career politicans out to pasture?
The full court press of political fairy tales begins now. In local politics, it’s not fancy commercials, their little legions of volunteers will fan out and visit the locals. Over and over they will tell you their Boss Tweed is a paragon of virtue and has slayed more dragons than St. George. You know, The Tall Tales of Election Season.
But have they? Or is it all a big illusion and they have instead profited from the naïveté of their constituents ?
Who really loses when Boss Tweeds are voted out of office? The answer is no one but those who profited in some way from their association with the particular Boss.
Now is when you will hear how new faces are “bad” and you need to hold the course. Hold the course for whom exactly? Ah yes, the particular Boss Tweed and their friends.
You are ok as long as you vote “how you are told”. Why? Because there is no place for individuality with pack mentality, is there?
And the pack can make your life a living hell, can’t they? But the thing is this: you can take away their power. How? Vote their Boss Tweed out of office.
So now is the time wherever you live. Step out of the shadows of political complacency and vote Boss Tweeds out of office. If you don’t you do lose one thing: your right to complain.
In each of you is the power to enact change to better your community. You just have to vote.
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