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The purpose of this blog is to share with you my thoughts on issues pertaining to Oil City and Venango County and to foster discussion.

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Sunday, November 27, 2011

The after election

Sometimes the after-election period is harder on a
community than the pre-election campaign frenzy.
After all, once the votes are counted there are going to
be some people that will fee, well, like
losers. And I don’t necessarily mean the candidates.
People support a candidate because they believe in the
candidate and at some level that means they invest themselves personally in the
candidate and all they think the candidate has done, will do and stands for. By extension, that means at best that the
other guy is not up to the standards of your guy and that the electorate
There has been some of that thinking exhibited in a
couple of recent letters to the editor in the local paper, a handful of
Facebook posts that I’ve come across and more than a few comments on the
Losing is hard, but I can’t help but think the best way
to honor a losing candidate is to remain involved in the affairs of the city,
its numerous community groups and activities. An initiative identified with one
candidate or another is not dependent on the candidate, but with the people who
support it and want to see it succeed. An election might mean a change in
direction or a new way of achieving that success, but it does not have to mean
failure for one group or another.
I am speaking here very specifically of politics at the
local level.
The winners of the election and their backers need to be magnanimous
in victory. And just as vital to the community is for supporters of the
election losers to be magnanimous in defeat. Human nature being what it is,
that might be the much harder of the two.
However, Oil City needs it.
Our problems are huge and we must work together. That doesn’t
mean we won’t disagree and even argue, but it does mean we should wish all well
and each of us do what we can to save our community. It means you work for what
you believe in for the community, and not just to bring someone else down.


John Noel Bartlett said...

For some reason, the formatting of the lines in this column are all messed up. For some reason I cannot correct it. Sorry for the hard to read post.

Anonymous said...

No problem John. I agree that, the election is what it is. My only hope and concern is that there will be a continued push for development and growth in the City. I do feel that was always Mayor Hawkins' main goal. The city needs energetic, agressive leadership. Just sitting back and taking care of day to day business won't be enough. I do strongly beleive previous city employees and Mayors took that stance and that's how we got to this place - as one major business after another pulled out. I do have confidence the council members (including you) want and support fresh ideas and redevelopment. My hope is the new Mayor will share the same goal and you will work together to achieve it.