Mayor Gets Medieval In Plea To Residents To ‘Fight For Stockton’
Seeing the mayor of a California city of nearly 300,000 people don a studded warrior’s helmet and brandish a medieval-looking mace in order to make a point might have been bizarre for residents of beleaguered Stockton.
But at least Mayor Anthony Silva didn’t pull out a gun, or a model of a gun, or – God forbid – a pastry he’d bitten until it looked like a gun.
Perhaps his decision to wield a weapon people aren’t conditioned to be afraid of kept the audience gathered to hear his impassioned “State of the City” address Thursday from panicking. In fact, CBS Sacramento reports the crowd appeared to respond to the mayor’s histrionic stunt rather well.
“After his almost hour-long speech, Silva pulled out armor with a helmet and mace while asking the crowd to go to war for the broke and crime-ridden city… “If ever [there was] a time to stop rooting for your new mayor to fail, the time is now.”
Ben Bullard Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.
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