“Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

(Lord Acton, 1887)

“Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

(George Santayana, 1905)

“If you want to test a man’s character, give him power.”

(Abraham Lincoln)

“The illusion of power is power.”

(Max Weber. a German sociologist)

“Smart people believe half what they hear; discerning people know which half to believe”

(Bulletin board, First Park Baptist Church, Plainfield, May 30, 2014)

A number of years ago, Jerry asked us to come to his office and review a campaign mailer his consultant had drafted.  It opposed a council candidate, I don’t remember who, because a number of his relatives were in prison.  Joe and I told him it was a bad idea, because many Plainfielders had relatives in prison, and there would be a backlash.  Jerry sent it out anyway, and the backlash was tremendous–his candidate lost, and the person he attacked won.  After that, for a long time, Jerry asked our advice on such matters.  But now, he has apparently forgotten the advice we gave him, and much of which he has said of what he had learned us–so many of the mailers he has sent to Democrats in Wards 2 and 3 have been nothing but negative in the extreme.  It makes me angry–and it makes me very sad.