Of course, the piece is highly misleading. Neither McMahon, nor anyone associated with her campaign, did anything meaningful to support the effort to defeat Mayor Finch’s proposal to do away with Bridgeport’s democratically elected Board of Education.
In fact, this piece is so misleading that it proves, yet again, that McMahon will say or do anything to get elected — even lie.
So I’ll cast my ballot as I had originally intended, because I appreciate that maintaining control of the United States Senate is vital to the success of an Obama second term.
That said, the fact that Connecticut’s Democratic leadership, including Governor Malloy and Lt. Governor Wyman, either supported or remained silent as Mayor Finch and the “education reformers” worked to remove the fundamental right of Bridgeport’s citizens to choose members of their Board of Education is a sad and disgusting reminder that for some, principles and values are a thing of the past – fallen by the wayside – in the face of political expediency.
The result is that here in Connecticut we’ve learned that the effort to undermine citizen participation in their government is not a practice reserved to the ultra-right wing of the Republican Party.
The core message of the anti-democracy forces in Bridgeport is that since an earlier elected board of education was “dysfunctional,” Mayor Finch’s desire to appoint all the members of the Board of Education is warranted and appropriate.
Meanwhile, in the face of a dysfunctional United States Senate and House of Representatives, if a sitting President of the United States moved to do away with an elected Congress and sought to replace it with one appointed by himself, we’d call it Unconstitutional, and if necessary, take up arms to end the treasonous action.
But in this case it is only a Board of Education, it is only Bridgeport, and neither the federal or State Constitution actually prohibit the change, so who really cares?
In a nation in which we call dying to protect our country and its principles, the “supreme sacrifice,” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. words echo particularly loudly – “In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”