Ah yes! If it weren’t for conspiracy theories, some folks would have absolutely nothing to do. Of course, if we turn that statement around it might sound something like this; if those sad ancillary political players suddenly developed an aversion to fabricated schemes and plots, they might actually accomplish something constructive.
No need to fear that possibility, dear reader, because it’ll never happen.
Case in point, if you’ve been reading Elgin City Councilman John Prigge’s facebook page, he’s sayin’ that, in the face of four separate finalists, Rosamaria Martinez is a foregone Anna Moeller city council replacement conclusion.
You all know I’m pulling for Ms. Martinez because her impressive resume provides Elgin with a wonderful opportunity to add a badly needed Hispanic face to that body. That said, by claiming she’s a shoe-in, Mr. Prigge is doing his compatriots, the other finalists, and the people of Elgin a massive disservice.
Like Councilman Terry Gavin, Prigge consistently attempts to paint the “liberal council five” as a despicable monochromatic voting block who do their damndest to undermine the will of the people. That’s simply not true. Virtually without exception, municipal panels are fluid endeavors with slowly shifting sentiments, priorities and allegiances.
And Elgin is no different.
As for Messrs. Esterino, Iqbal and Sellers, I’m convinced they’ll be given full consideration during their closed session interviews this evening, because Mayor Kaptain wouldn’t have it any other way.There isn’t a conspiratorial bone in that man’s body.
So when Mr. Prigge insists the fix is in, it completely diminishes the other three fine service minded citizens. Remember, if Elgin plays their cards right, the powers that be should find a role for the runners up on the various boards, committees, and commissions that serve the City.
Lastly, Councilman Prigge’s contention that it’s a done deal is nothing more than a ploy to get his peers to pick anyone else. Conspiracy theorists implicitly understand their often random musings play to a plurality of their constituency. And their often fervent wish is, by claiming the outcome’s assured, it will force the “other side” to prove them wrong.
In Councilman Prigge’s conservative Caucasian mind, Ms. Martinez is the least acceptable candidate and, since he won’t get his vacant council seat way, he’ll settle for scuttling someone else.
In the end, the reason people resort to conspiracy theories is because it’s a means of excusing their own failures. Instead of applying whatever introspective capacity they may have to improve themselves, they blame everyone else for their obvious shortcomings.
When folks shout “run government like a business,” they’re dead wrong. Unlike a corporation, government requires real discussion, careful consideration, and constant compromise. Though I don’t believe it’s completely conscious, people like Councilman Prigge clearly believe they’re above all that and, unwilling to truly engage, they do their best to undermine the process.
Don’t let him.