Laffey Raises a Point It’s Easy to Forget
This line from Stephen Laffey at the Operation Clean Government event at which he spoke is a helpful reminder:
“It’s over for Providence. … It’s over for Rhode Island,” he said. “You people have to publicly humiliate your elected officials.”
For my part, I know I tend to wrongly assume that people who bear responsibility for such things as driving a city or state into a ditch would be humiliated purely by that fact alone. Of course, self delusion can be a powerful force, especially when abetted more broadly, as Laffey goes on to describe:
He took a not-so-thinly-disguised swipe at former Democratic Providence Mayor David N. Cicilline who is serving his first term in the U.S. House of Representatives. In the early days of democracy, “they used to tar and feather” people for disservice to their government, Laffey said, but “now, they elect people who destroy a city to Congress.”
Wouldn’t it have been great if somebody worked full time for Anchor Rising and had therefore been able to post video of this event within hours of its completion?