Vote today, but even more importantly, take action tomorrow for our very future depends on it…

For nearly four years I have written and maintained the Wait, What? Blog as a vehicle to challenge the status quo and try, as best I could, to inform, educate and persuade my fellow citizens to question authority and demand better from those who hold positions of power in and outside of government.

In January of 2011, one of my first posts outlined the primary purpose behind Wait, What? – which was and remains – a belief that we must hold our own (in this case Democrats) to the same standards that we would hold our opponents.

Over the course of 1,761 posts, 26,778 comments and more than 1.5 million visits to this blog, I have tried to remain true to that purpose.

Many people have used their comments to add vitally important information to the discussion, others have simply added their support or observations, and some have vehemently criticized and condemned the content of some articles or the value and intent of the blog itself.

A common refrain has been that by criticizing Malloy and Democrats, among others, I have been siding with the enemy and promoting the success of the Republicans and those who are even more out of step with the needs of our citizens and our society.

As a true believer in our Constitution and the Bill of Rights, I fundamentally respect everyone’s right to articulate their beliefs.  That said, skimming back over the many blog posts, I will stand my ground and say that I have not wavered from my belief that we must hold our own to the same standards we hold our opponents and that the transgressions and errors that I have consistently sought to challenge deserved the attention and light of day that I have tried to provide.

We know that real change is not easy.  By its very design our government is slow and often cumbersome. While there are sometimes benefits to the notion that a steady pace wins the race, the problems facing our state, country and citizens are growing exponentially and our window of opportunity to change course is closing.

As regular readers of this blog know, a common practice has been to seek out and use a quote that helps to clarify and amplify the points I am working to highlight. With that in mind, I turn once again to one of the greatest Americans in history, Martin Luther King, Jr. who said,

“We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history there is such a thing as being too late. Procrastination is still the thief of time. Life often leaves us standing bare, naked and dejected with a lost opportunity. The “tide in the affairs of men” does not remain at the flood; it ebbs. We may cry out desperately for time to pause in her passage, but time is deaf to every plea and rushes on. Over the bleached bones and jumbled residue of numerous civilizations are written the pathetic words: ‘Too late.”

King opened that speech by reminding his audience and the world that, “A time comes when silence is betrayal.”

I believe that we have reached that time and then some.

There are many battles ahead.

I am not sure to the extent that the Wait, What? blog will be part of the dialogue.  As of today I am putting the blog on “pause” as I tackle some other anti-corporate education reform industry projects and consider various options for restructuring Wait, What?

But I have learned much from this process and assure my readers, both supporters and opponents, that I will continue to do all I can to raise awareness of the problems we face and force the changes we need in order to beat back those who seek to destroy the middle class, create a permanent underclass and continue their efforts to undermine the most basic values that are should be guiding our government and society.

I am but a foot soldier in this larger battle, nothing more. But like all good foot soldiers, I will not be dissuaded for doing all I can to do my part in the effort to create the change we need.

While I recognize that my posts have generated insults, condemnation and even blacklisting from groups and individuals who claim to be the “true” representatives of the people, I honestly believe that I am doing what I can to stand up and speak out about the important issues and challenges we face.

It cannot be compared in any way to what I’ve personally witnessed, for this battle here is minor compared to the truly greater battles that have taken place in our nation’s history, but I can’t help but be reminded by what occurred to Martin Luther King Jr. when he spoke out against the Vietnam War in his famous speech at New York’s Riverside Church on April 4, 1967.

In an editorial in the Washington Post two days later, the newspaper wrote that by opposing the Vietnam War and speaking out against our nation’s constant use of war, violence and destruction, King “has done a grave injury to those who are his natural allies … and … an even graver injury to himself.”

The Washington Post added “Many who have listened to him with respect will never again accord him the same confidence. He has diminished his usefulness to his cause, to his country and to his people. And that is a great tragedy.”

Thus has been the message to those who seek to speak the truth and seek to force a true accounting of the problems we face and the solutions our citizens need and deserve.

It has always been that way and it will undoubtedly continue to be that way, but no matter how small our contribution may be to the greater effort, we must never shy away from standing up and speaking out.

I close this chapter by thanking all of you who have been part of Wait, What? and my associated activities these past few years.

I look forward to continuing to work with you in the months and years to come.

For as I am especially fond of saying to those who criticize our work, upset now?

Just wait for “We have not yet begun to fight!”

Your thoughts, advice, guidance and suggestions are always welcome,

And thank you for all that you have done, all you are doing and all you have yet to do in the future,

Jonathan Pelto
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  • anniepajamie

    Good work, Jon’, keep at it. …and Thank You!

  • Husky56

    Voted my conscience today! Wrote in Pelto! I will sleep tonight! thanks for all you do to keep us informed.

  • Castles Burning

    As always, you have provided us with a direction. We look forward to hearing from you after “the pause.”

  • msavage

    Love you, Jon. Just got back from the polls–and of course, I voted with a write in for Column Number One. Can’t wait to see what direction you take next.

  • JMC

    Thank you so much, Jon, for all you have done, are doing, and will continue to do. You’re the best.

  • Incredulous

    Thanks for putting information out that doesn’t get much press anywhere else in CT. I hope you can keep doing this, I think there will be greater need for it with the direction that state government has gone.

  • TMS

    Jon ~
    You are an exceptional individual and do NOT belong in politics. You do not have the right mentality and are much more effective outside than if you were in office. I have learned so much from you and the rest of the bloggers on your site and I sincerely appreciate the insight. The state taxpayers will be building a baseball stadium for Hartford, paying for salary increases for UCONN staff and President Herbst, moving more companies from one Connecticut town to another depending on which ones voted for him and which ones voted against him such as Alexion from Cheshire to New Haven and there is no telling how he will punish the teachers from this point on.Public education in Connecticut will now be history and we will have nothing but trained test takers and $15/hr pizza delivery drivers as a state workforce. Malloy voters got what they wanted. You did all you could do.

    • R.L.

      Everything you said is true except for Jonathan not belonging in Politics. Then again, maybe you are right and we just need more people who don’t belong in politics to actually be in politics.

      • TMS

        R.L. I meant that in the best possible way, but I agree with your perspective that we need more people such as Jon in office. Then we, the people, might have someone actually representing our interests.

  • sharewhut

    “Black and blue
    And who knows which is which and who is who.
    Up and down.
    But in the end it’s only round and round…….

    Down and out
    It can’t be helped but there’s a lot of it about.
    With, without.
    And who’ll deny it’s what the fighting’s all about?”

    A deeper darkness has descended upon us.
    Thank You for providing both a non-mass media info source and a. needed ‘pressure relief valve’. Will be watching for when you again flip on the switch, shining some illumination on the farce that our capitol has become.

  • BeingHonest

    What’s the matter Jonathan? Can’t qualify on your own, Visconti proves once again that 3rd party candidates aren’t serious, Malloy wins by 4 times the 2010 margin, unions are done with you, as is the Dem party, your supporters like Maria in Bport are proven absolutely irrelevant, and you are literally a man with no country, but you have nothing to say the day after election day? Nothing for your 8 followers? Where is your moxie? Or are you finally ready tl admit you really aren’t anything more than bluster? At least Joe committed. He made it happen. And then made a deal for his greater good. What did you do? What can you say you accomplished?

    • CONconn

      I love the “unions are done with you” part. The unions are willing to sell out anything and anyone in order to cozy up with Big Blue. Pelto oughta be proud that the unions don’t find him to be sleazy enough to conspire with them.

      • WEP

        The unions are still caught up in the 2 major party system and selecting the lesser evil. With enough activism by people like Jon and those he’s inspired, there’s hope for change.

        • R.L.

          I will never forgive AFT for what they did to the teachers they are supposed to represent. They intimidated, fear mongered, spread half truths to lies, strong-armed an endorsement and squandered membership dues dollars to promote a politician who is an enemy of public education. I don’t know if they realize just how badly they’ve alienated many of their members. They were worried (at least they wanted members to be worried) about having a “Wisconsin moment” here in Connecticut. Now they should be worried about their own membership turning on them. I for one will be voting to have Connecticut become a right to work state if I ever get the opportunity. I am furious that my hard earned money went towards supporting my enemies. They always sign their correspondence to members “in solidarity”. Solidarity my ass! Hopefully that SOB Malloy will end up in prison before his term is complete as that is where he belongs.

    • speaking up

      What Jonathan did was bring to light things that were shielded by enough dark cloaks to make them not visible to one citizen’s untrained eye. Before being led to read Jonathan’s blog, I had attempted to address unacceptable situations in a public school and, after numerous reports remained unanswered, I had made the decision to turn my attention and focus away from the incomprehensible wrongs and settle for being glad to have gotten my child and myself out of the situation.

      And then I came here and read a number of reports very similar to mine, and I began to look beyond the walls of the city and state offices that were shuffling and stifling my reported paperwork. I began to realize the scope and magnitude of what is happening to public school children in CT and across our nation.

      What Jonathan did was to let me and others like me know that we are not alone. What he accomplished was to provide each of us with additional information allowing us to more clearly see (if not ever understand) the society that we are allowing to be created – and that all of our children will live in.

      What Jonathan did was to allow me to walk into a voting booth with my head high – and to walk out the same way. What he has accomplished is to inspire me to look deeper inside myself and farther around our nation and world. He has inspired me to continue to reach out to like-minded people. Jonathan has led me to know that, together, meaningful coalitions will be created and meaningful solutions will be developed.

      What has Jonathan accomplished? For me, personally, Jonathan has let me know that I do not have to settle for having gotten my child and my self out of an unacceptable situation. Jonathan has inspired me to speak up for all of our children and the world that we will be leaving to them. What this will bring – for me, for Jonathan and for others that he has inspired – is not yet known. I, for one, look forward to finding out.

      speaking up
      Valerie Klokow

    • Linda174

      Let’s be honest Being Honest and post your name #irony

      Linda Hall

    • WEP

      Jon has poured vigor, heart and soul into his principled stance in defense of public education and the teachers who make it happen. He’s created a dialog and caused journalists and politicians to pay attention to the issues. What have you accomplished lately? Never before in my life have I NOT voted for one of the 2 major candidates for governor. I recognized that I can no longer simply hold my nose and check the name of the lesser evil. I feel good about my vote for Pelto, and I look forward to seeing what Jon does next.

    • maria pereira

      Being Honest, so I have proven to be “absolutely irrelevant???” Stop hiding behind a handle. Won’t you “be honest” and share with us who you really are? Who are you? A Mayor Finch minion? A ConnCAN con artist? An Ex$ell Bridgeport charlatan? A Families for Ex$ellent
      Shyters paid canvasser? If I have “proven absolutely irrelevant,” why are you spending your valuable time writing about me? Apparently I am not as “absolutely irrelevant” as you claim me to be.

  • JMC

    And now that the election is over, Malloy can rip off the mask. Jaqueline Rabe Thomas tell us on CTMirror in two notices under “Briefs” that the “Commissioner’s Network” is being expanded and that schools may in future be rated on the students’ absentee percentages. Apparently it’s the teachers’ fault that kids are not in school.