I've been trying, without much luck, to blog a response to Middleboro Selectman Adam Bond's own recent blog post - which essentially blasts his fellow selectmen for being bunch of slack-jawed country-fried rubes who do bad things behind closed doors.
Because I can't argue with that.
But the rest of it - the whole breathless rant about taking oaths to look out for the best interests of his own "Tribe" to which he owes his "unqualified and absolute allegience" - honestly folks, I just didn't know where to start.
At first, looking at the date stamp of December 31, 2008, I was more or less willing to credit his post to too much bubbly and Jeno's pizza rolls while waiting for the ball to fall down, and leave it at that.
But then I saw the comments. And I guess seeing words like "courage" and "resolve" attributed to Adam Bond - well that was sort of like being dropped into a world where scarecrows talk and monkeys fly.
But then, Adam always brings an element of surrealism to everything. In fact, he's a real Salvador Dali when it comes to the art of the deal.
But hey, I'll say this much for Adam - he has always been about "The Deal". In fact, he was extremely proud of that very deal he's so eager to revisit now.
This deal is no different than most others. It is about money, self interest, and leverage.Sadly, in his haste back in '07, Adam failed to understand how much money he should have negotiated for, made the deal with his own self-interest in mind, and threw away any leverage the town had to begin with by telling everyone a casino was a "done deal."
And suddenly he's a humble hero because he's blaming it all on the cabbage patch kids he shares a desk with?
Pah - leeze...
I suppose it has nothing to do with deflecting attention from a crappy deal he made with folks currently under Federal indictment and certain felons-to-be-named-later?
No. Impossible. It must be a selfless act of courage. And only intense resolve could allow someone to stand up to the burly likes of Steve Spataro and Muriel Duphilly.
Because in his manifesto, Adam, himself king of the secret meeting, accuses some of his colleagues on the board of disclosing
to the people on the other side of the IGA matters relating to the Town's own strategies relating to how to proceed under the IGA.And also of telling tales of division on the board. Well, I suspect that cat's out of the bag, now, huh? But the part I like best is when he proclaims that
such actions by any elected official is a breach of trust and sheer wreckless disregard of the consequences that such action will have on the Town's interests.So, I'm guessing that this must be a different sort of "breach of trust and sheer wreckless disregard of the consequences that such action will have on Town interests" that compelled Mr. Bond, back in 2007, to demand that his "Tribe" sign an agreement five days after the document was made public, at a giant outdoor meeting that many couldn't attend, before all impacts were known, under the guise of an inevitability that did not exist, with a partner he couldn't be bothered to get to know?
But you won't find those facts in Bond's latest revisionist diatribe. And you won't find courage in his latest stunt.
Courage can't be found by going against your board when it's in your own best interest.
Courage is standing at a microphone in front of 3,000 people and news cameras speaking about values and community while a bunch of neanderthals scream and laugh at you. It's continuing to speak the truth even when people who don't agree with you threaten to sue you. Or put liens on your house. Or attempt to humiliate, harass and discredit you and your family on public web sites and message boards. Or spit on your car in front of your kids. Or say they'll come to your house and 'destroy' you. Or use those people who do to intimidate you.
Real courage is about doing the right thing, and doing it even when people aren't listening or don't care. Courage is standing up, not giving up, and not giving in, even when that would be so easy to do. Courage is giving up the things you enjoy, or need, or want, to make life a better place for people who will never thank you. Or vote for you.
If you want a friend, buy a dog.
And if you really want the best deal for Middleboro, you won't let self-serving hypocrites, two-timing lawyers or refugees from the turnip truck anywhere near it.