Be Like Kshama
If there's nothing wrong with surveilling the public, then let us have full citizen surveillance of those monthly Community Development Round Table meetings at the Washington Athletic Club!
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Doesn't really matter, just curious.
It will be interesting to see what being a Socialist means in Seattle.
So far, I'm a liberal and nothing she has said -- which admittedly is not much -- is particularly shocking.
Being a NIMBY and desiring to protect my Single Family estate against the horde of renters, I loved it when she said that the community could decide whether we want more apartments.
And Dale Estey said this about the negative campaigning on her behalf (from an article in Parent Map), "She said experts had told her that the gains from negative publicity far outstrip the losses."
Seattle should lead the way in showing that the person and the issues matter, not the money.
Reached for comment by Seattle Weekly, Sawant clarified her position, saying: “Richard Conlin did nothing to stop the stealing of the Sonics basketball team from Seattle by the NBA. I share Sonics fans’ desire to have their team back.”
“I don’t have a formal position on the current MOU, since it’s not something I would vote on as a council member. My understanding is that the deal is far better than the huge giveaways to super-rich owners of the Mariners and Seahawks, both of which were undemocratically rammed through by the city’s political establishment. NBA owners want taxpayers to foot the bill, and so opposed the deal in part because it sets a dangerous (for NBA) precedent that new arenas could be established without taxpayers getting stuck with the bill.”
“However,” Sawant continues, “there are a number of priorities I would want addressed should the MOU need to be renegotiated or replaced when it expires in 2017. … Many people are concerned that the current MOU will undermine port operations and local small businesses, and that the deal includes public handouts to private investors. I will oppose any potential undermining of good-paying jobs at the Port of Seattle, damaging local small business, and public handouts to private investors. I want a deal that allows sports fans to enjoy sports but ensures living-wage unionized jobs will not be lost. … I will oppose any regressive taxation used for arena construction or renovations. The tax burden needs to be shifted onto big business and the super-rich.”
“I would need to examine any proposal that came before the council concretely and listen to the different sides - maintaining an open dialogue with sports fans, port workers, unions, and local small businesses - something seriously lacking from Richard Conlin,” Sawant concludes.
Minard can add herself to the list of those who have deen "duped" but what can we expect from some bitch too dense to know who The Misfits are.
I agree too, that was a kinda shitty comment, not plain shitty, and not very shitty, just kinda shitty. So we still love her!
The level of shittiness in this election is critical. Stay kinda Kshama, stay kinda.
Frankly I find it refreshing to know that not the ENTIRE Council will be kissing Murray's butt for 4 years. Mayor Sawant in 2017!
@14, driving people away from supporting your position is refreshingly "McGinn" of her, and not too much of a surprise that you like it. But, it's proven to be a losing approach to creating consensus to change in a legislative structure.
Lasting change is built on convincing others through reasoned argument with those you do not agree with, and not on needlessly causing friction with those that lean your way and simply need support pulling them toward your position.
The election for mayor was exactly as Murray reasonably argued, it's not just your position but your approach to the people involved.
and wished i hadn't.
christ almighty forbes, even steve forbes would think that was shite.
Remember, the same people that tried to stop MJ being legalized and gay marriage being legalized are telling you to be scared of Sawant.
They only care about their checks from the local billionaires and millionaires to cut sweetheart no-tax deals.
And bragging like "We were calling for that before it became cool" is exactly not how to govern effectively. Good for her true believers but the more she talks like that the more she will turn off voters, even people who voted for her once. Unless she can cut the ME-ME-ME stuff she will lose and never even get to trying for a 2nd term.
The job of an activist politician is to fire up and focus the community to call for action and change, which includes lighting a fire under the ass of fellow politicians to move them to action. Owning your issue in the public forum is essential to prevent another politician from co-opting the issue for the purpose of gutting or destroying it.
Sawant is doing her job right as a candidate, which she very much still is. She has shown her ability to pivot, and she will surely do so when she takes office to move the council and mayor to agreement on common ground and to progress, even through uncomfortable means.
McGinn's failure was that he had no real leverage with the city council in the form of a strong, activist base, influential public leaders or effective special interests groups. You have to bring power with you to the office; it doesn't just appear with the title.
Sawant has been building a strong base and movement, both of which will serve her well to move and motivate other city council members, the mayor and the state.
So, stop fretting like a naive newbie to politics when the rhetoric packs the most moderate of nudges and punches. Politics isn't for those who are completely averse to conflict and disagreement.
The result may beautiful, but the work may require blood, sweat and tears to yield it.
I am not optimistic.
Seriously though, all I hear is someone who is ACTUALLY INTERESTED in getting things done, actually passionate and emotionally involved in causes, not just playing a fun political game. I think y'all are just shocked that someone in floppy Seattle politics actually cares and are not sure how to process.
To those commenters here (and from their attitudes it is obvious they fall into this category) who agree with full spectrum surveillance, both at the city and national level, let the following be acknowledged by all:
There are ways to be a Socialist and types of Socialism that don't involve Stalin and Pol Pot and murder. Scandinavia comes to mind.
But, even if the mass murder of tens of million of real americans in the name of Marx is Sawant's nefarious plan, it's going to take a couple years to get there. I'm pretty sure.
If I'm wrong though I'll be happy to admit it to you in the Gulag.
As far as Socialism causing death???!!!---classic case of projection. Capitalism " came dripping with blood and dirt from every pore"( Marx). It was based on slavery and extermination of the native population of the Americas, followed by colonialism, 2 world wars , holocaust, Hiroshima etc. As Martin Luther King Jr. said " The greatest purveyor of violence in the world is my own government." The U.S. has killed more since WWII than any other power. Today capitalism is responsible for mass malnutrition, continuing wars, ecological destruction etc. Stalin came to power by crushing the workers Revolution in Russia , killing thousands of revolutionaries . He and his successors instituted State Capitalism which while claiming to be Marxist was really based on the drive for profit, just like the West. It resulted in exploitation, imperialism etc. Read the Communist Manifesto and decide whether Marx was describing Stalinism!
Sawant won't bring socialism to Seattle---that will take an international workers' revolution. But she has and will shake up Seattle politics. Having her on the Council will make it easier to organize for progressive changes. Everyone who cares about the welfare of people should be excited by this prospect. Now the left needs to organize movements to back up good policy proposals she will make--otherwise she won't be able to accomplish much
Youre still here spewing your far right wing garbage?
Someone ask him what his opinion is of nonwhites if you want a laugh (ask about blacks in particular...let him rant). Im guessing hes this newspapers designated "stormfront recruiting troll".