Remembering the Well Put Phrase
It’s a few weeks old, at this point, but Robert Plante’s letter to the editor phrases Rhode Island’s predicament too well to be allowed to fade so quickly into the online archives:
This is by any measure a tall order to say the least, but it would solve our problems going forward. We do not have the right people in office now to accomplish these goals on their own.
With enough persistent citizen pressure, maybe we can force the “wrong people” to do the “right thing.” This will be a very formidable task.
Unfortunately, the “wrong people” have well established reasons to continue to see the wrong thing as the solution to the state’s problems. That is, they’ve overwhelming motivation to delude themselves, and to see that “persistent citizen pressure” as wrong-headed, at best, and wickedly subversive, most probably.
We should strive to apply that pressure, but the ultimate solution is going to have to be longer term, beginning with a new generation of leaders beginning at painfully local levels.