"The People's Mayor" & Activist Paul Wheeler
City Council Protest - Summer 2007
City Council Protest - Summer 2007
Our mayor elect, Greg Ballard, spoke last night at a Republican holiday party attended by all kinds of people who laughed at him last summer. Many there had plenty of cash to support their party's candidate but refused to believe in him or help him. Some people at the Republican holiday party gave their money to his opponent, Bart Peterson believing that money wins elections. They were more interested in making sure they were in solid standing with Peterson. They wanted make sure they were in favor with the man who would continue to deliever status quo government. Most importantly they wanted to reap the financial rewards financed by your tax dollars that would come with supporting Peterson.
Tom John, chairman of the Republican party said two weeks before the election that Ballard would not win, and that he was going to focus his energy on re-gaining the city council. Melyssa noticed Tom John at republican headquarters did not so much as acknowledge the volunteer staff of commoners on the phones the weekend before the election . She also saw that Tom John did not thank them for their work. There was even a 12 year old girl named Caroline helping make calls. Not a word of thanks was spoken to her by the party chair. That is shameful and no way to encourage our youth's activism in politics.
Missing from the party were the activists and soldiers, the common people, who worked the streets, gave what money they could from their budgets, and had no agenda except to promote a mayor who promised to support property tax repeal, create government transparency, and to put IMPD back under the mayor's office.
During his speech last night, Mayor elect Greg Ballard stated he did not run a negative campaign. That is 100% true. However, an effective week-by-week negative campaign was indeed organized, financed, and run. The dirty work of the negative campaign against Bart Peterson was done by rogue groups of activists, bloggers, you tube documenters, and street soldiers who took the personal hits and ridicule to do it for him. This was a critical strategy to prevent our pristine mayor's hands from being soiled with the dirty business of negative campaigning.
We wonder if the people at last night's party care that one of our activists was FIRED from his job for his activism and support of Ballard. Or if they care that Melyssa's employer was contacted by the opposition in an attempt to cause her to lose her job. We wonder if they care that The People took real risks to be out in front doing the dirty work that helped Ballard get elected.
It's time that our new mayor makes sure that the channels of communication are immediately open to The People, so that we are assured he is definitely working on our behalf and we can see his work in progress. Fancy parties surrounded by the very people in his own party who refused to support him, do not give us comfort!
When we see Ballard place more people around him that cannot be bought or sold, who have honor, and who have no agenda except small, accountable government, we will feel confident and be able to breathe easy.
We are not delusional. We know that our city's government and finances are in a horrible mess. We know the task ahead for "The People's Mayor" is difficult. We want him to know that we will be loyal if he is loyal to The People. We want him to know that we'll bring volunteers with great skills to help our city and we'll bring people with no agenda and great credentials to work in city government simply because they love our city and want to save her. We will continue to give of our resources to the betterment of our city, just like we did last summer.
We are good and honorable citizens.
Greg Ballard has everything he needs to not only lead our city, but lead our state and ultimately the reform of our country. In our opinion the ultimate service to our country is ahead of him; the leadership of our great city, state and national reform.
Honor is something no person can give you and no person can take away. Honor is a gift one gives to oneself.
We believe in Greg Ballard and know he has the Courage to lead our fight against unaccountable, elitist, tax and spend government. We want him to know that he has legions of troops to help him get it done, but we need our place at the table and an open channel of communication.