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Think Again: Divisive politics muddy the waters

February 11, 2011|By Zanku Armenian

Politics can be a dirty business and having dealt with that world for decades, I can vouch for it. There is so much lack of integrity that — despite having observed this for so long — it still astounds me what goes on behind the scenes that the general public doesn’t see.

Sometimes it’s an insecure elected leader who swings their weight around, trying to intimidate individual citizens or organizations because they’re not supporting them or their agenda. This often takes the form of threatening the interests of third parties with whom the individual is associated, trying to make them persona non grata and threatening their livelihood. This arrogant behavior ultimately leads to the demise of such immature elected leaders because they think they are invincible, a classic freshman mistake.

Also, it seems many incumbents are obsessed with maintaining their thrones and there is nothing they won’t do to thwart opposition. This can be seen in elections with the use of division as a path to power. This strategy has destructive long-term consequences for the greater community.

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Genius incumbents encourage unqualified candidates to run so that they split the opposition votes. With enough “whacky” candidates, the incumbent appears as the rational choice. This strategy has been used successfully for the last several elections in Glendale, but it appears to be running out of steam.

Other times, businesses think they can buy the votes they need. Big businesses, especially ones run by business oligarchs, often will use their financial muscle to buy off the elected leaders. They will even try to suppress free speech through pulling advertising dollars from a local newspaper because they don’t like the media coverage. It reminds me of a spoiled kid throwing a tantrum because they can’t have the new toy they saw at the fancy mall.

Many people were encouraging me to run in this upcoming Glendale election, hoping for viable change in City Hall. Despite the pressures of my career, I seriously considered taking on this additional challenge because I believe we need fresh vision and leadership at this juncture.

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