Has Room For Improvement
By MICHAEL SCHENKLER
Im about to
take a less-than-popular position.
And people are hot
about this one.
My wife doesnt
want to be seen with me in public. Tamara wants to move her desk away from the window.
Your vote matters! The Democratic runoff for Mayor and Public Advocate
next Thursday, Oct. 11.
I mean, Im
right no doubt about it but the emotions of the moment have been stirred in
an effective meglomaniacal attempt to usurp power.
Now, dont get
me wrong. Rudy Giuliani has done an outstanding job leading this City during the horrific
tragedy that befell us, the nation and mankind. We applaud his steadfastness, concern,
compassion, communication and leadership. He has risen to the occasion.
Rudy is clearly at
his best in times of crisis or war. Rudy The General, Rudy The Prosecutor, Rudy The
Benevolent is an authoritarian and effective leader who excels when we are under attack.
His performance has
been exemplary since the attacks of September 11th. We admire what he
You know what we
admire even more?
Our way of life; our
democratic system; our spirit.
No man is
indispensable, and no man above the law.
This City, State and
nation have codified its rules into constitutions and laws that have served us well. In a
democracy, we play by those rules. It makes our system work. It makes our system great.
Rudys term is up at the end of the year three months from now. Those are the
rules of the game. The City charter and the people have made that clear. That is not to
say we dont admire his performance or want his advice and input to assist the new
City mayor and government.
Truly, all great
leaders that left office, or were scheduled to leave office, were there offering to assist
their successors. They did not try to change the rules. They did not try to usurp
legitimate authority. They, out of loyalty and commitment, offered to help in any way
requested by their successor.
Today Bill Clinton
is out there serving George W. Bush. Sure Bill is more experienced, but if he thinks
George is erring, hes not telling us. Perhaps hes chatting with George and his
people. But Clintons public appearances in support of the Bush administrations
efforts are orchestrated by the Bush White House, with Clinton fully on board. Clinton, as
well as our other Presidents, are patriots.
They know their
history. They know very well, that even in the times of crisis, administrations change.
In January 1952,
Harry Truman left office during the effective prosecution of the Korean War. Six months
later the conflict was ended. The administration had changed, the country and world
On April 12, 1945,
as World War II waged on, Harry Truman replaced F.D.R., perhaps the greatest President who
guided this country through conflict. In days, Hitlers Reich began to collapse,
concentration camps were liberated, and less than a month after the change of
administration, Victory in Europe was celebrated. Truman, the new commander in chief,
turned his energies on Japan and by August 14 he had Japans unconditional surrender.
Would these American
crises had gone differently had the lawful lines of succession not been followed? No great
leader would have considered the possibility. Our system works. Our system is greater than
But not with Rudy
always been his problem?
care about the system or the rules. Rudy cares about what Rudy thinks is right. That is
not to say that he is not motivated by what he thinks best serves the public. But
thats just not the way it goes.
criticized him when he violated individual rights. We criticized him when he tried to
stifle the press, control artistic expression or support police shootings when they were
tragic and/or racially motivated.
No Rudy, your ends
dont justify the means.
No Rudy, no
ones ends justify the means.
No Rudy, your vision
is not greater than our system.
And no Rudy, your
service to this great City doesnt entitle you to change the rules and sell it as
It is a shame that
you injected your own desires into the middle of an election and have tried to make Rudy
Giuliani the issue. Blackmailing mayoral hopefuls with the threat of Rudy The
Benevolents disdain has sadly resulted in two of our three candidates measuring
public emotion and not our system of democracy.
But all of that has
confused the important issues and taken the debate away from the candidates to focus again
on you Rudy.
Shame on you!
Its over. And
after years of your marvelous leadership, and after years of your insensitive
administration, and after years of cleaning up this City, and after years of dividing this
City, you were faced with the greatest challenge any mayor in my lifetime had to face.
And you stepped up
to the plate and came through with flying colors. You united, and directed and gave us
confidence. You administered, you consoled and gave us pride. You were the best of what
New York is all about. You were Mr. New York.
Now Rudy, there are
three months left to your party. You can continue to lead, inspire and train till then.
You can offer your services to the new mayor on his terms not yours.
The new mayor has
available to him the fine commissioners that have served you and this City so well during
crisis. Too bad they dont have your council. Too bad you will only play if
youre in control. But the new mayor will do just fine. And New Yorkers will do just
fine we are a resilient bunch.
Rudy, there is still
time. Govern this great City for the next three months. Continue to lead, unite, inspire,
console and make the nation proud make all of us proud. And then, step aside and
stand behind the new mayor. Offer your hand and be there for him and us.
True greatness is in
our way of life and not our leaders.
Rudy, thank you; we
wish you well.
Please Help Our
Thank you, Mr.
President Bush has
performed admirably during this time of crisis. After his managers recognized they have to
carefully monitor and control his word flow, things have improved.
Thank goodness, we
are no longer going to get the folks who did the deed.
And it seems the
Texas Governor has given up on his Wanted: Dead or Alive approach to fighting
I mean, we knew it.
Bush aint no eloquent speaker. Dont get me wrong. Al Gore would be no more
inspiring maybe not even as inspiring. Neither of them are Bill Clinton or Ronald
When they have given
President George a prepared script, he has delivered effectively. His address to
the joint session of Congress and the nation was good.
expectation a wonderful thing?
You anticipate a
bumbling fool and get a decent address, and the guy gets rave reviews. If Clinton or
Reagan had done the same, their address would have been rated as mediocre. As long as the
yardstick by which he is measured, is expectation, George cant lose.
Hes got good
wordsmiths penning his stuff. He is properly rehearsed. And the man, in spite of his
deficiencies, can connect with people. His down-home country charm has gotten him this far
and continues to serve him and us well.
So with all of this
successful combination, why cant they come up with a better term for the terrorists
I mean duh,
terrorists is better.
Evildoer n a person who does evil, esp. habitually. Evil adj. Morally
bad or wrong; wicked; depraved.
To me its
Evildoers: 1) a British literary term describing the villain in a castle surrounded
by ground fog. 2) A Stephen King creation that lives in cornfields or marshes. 3) A small
boys dark plastic character that resides outside of castle Grayskull. 4) Any of the
group of foes that battle the Marvel comics legion of superheroes. 5) A bad guy.
According to the
Barnhart Concise Dictionary of Etymology, the word evildoer can be traced back to before
1387 developed from the Old English yfel bad, wicked or vicious.
evildoer just doesnt work to describe the perpetrators of one the most
heinous acts against humanity in the history of mankind.
Evildoer, to me, is
a namby-pamby word. It belongs in the comics. It doesnt describe ultimata devils.
doesnt work for the Prez. Hmmm!
So what should it
What should Mr. Bush
use to describe those vile, hateful, murdering, inhuman terrorists he is
If you have ideas
for something better than evildoers, email me at: MSchenkler@queenstribune.com.
Well pass it
New & Vital Government
Now that the Primary
is over and we have had a moment to look at the winners, I must repeat the refrain that
weve echoed continually since the election season started:
The candidates that
remain after a fiercely competitive primary offer our City a new and energized government.
Rudy Giulianis woes aside and campaign finance, have brought us here. A
run-off will clarify things further. Nevertheless, the 14 victorious Queens Council
Democratic candidates, most of whom, if not all, will be serving the City in January, are
bright, motivated, barely tainted by the system and driven to serve the people to the best
of their impressive ability.
We congratulate the
Dem Beep nominee Helen Marshall and the 14 Democratic Council candidates all of whom won
their elections through hard work, organization and smart campaigns a handful were
helped by their names. They are an impressive lot, indeed. We offer them this paper and
this column as a place to be heard and be watched. We love politics, we love government
and we believe in the system. We will be here doing our part.
We challenge them
all: Tony, John, Hiram, Junior, David, Jim, Helen, Eric, Leroy, Allan, Melinda, Liz,
James, Joe and, of course, Helen.
Make Queens proud.
by Dom Nunziato
Michael Schenkler can be reached at: MSchenkler@QueensTribune.com
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