It happens all the time. A life time of accomplishment negated by one defining moment or action as in Joe Paterno at Penn State, Richard Nixon and Watergate, or Bill Buckner in Boston; bad judgment, a cover-up, or a baseball going through for an error, that’s what we remember. And the same holds true for the current and previous Naperville city councils with regard to their huge mistake in ‘forced’ installation of Smart Meters on the homes and businesses of Naperville residents and business owners.
Whatever achievements these two Naperville city councils have realized or effected, will be greatly diminished if not erased by the negative legacy they will leave behind. With regard to the Naperville city council Smart Meter fiasco, each council member’s byline could read, “At the time I thought it was a good idea”, as is the same for Paterno, Nixon, and Buckner.
The unfortunate outcome isn’t that the council erred in their decision-making, it’s what they did after they made the decision to ‘force’ Smart Meters on the residents of Naperville. As is often the case, it isn’t until after a decision is made that you know if it was a good decision or bad decision. Other than council member Doug Krause who had the courage and wisdom to change his position on the issue, the other eight council members along with Naperville city manager Doug Krieger dug their collective heels into the sand and stuck with the bad decision.
In essence, Naperville officials became a hollowed-out shell of lemmings, and they did this by renouncing science, being unaffected by facts, undeterred by fresh data, intolerant of resident resistance, demonizing the opposition, and exhibiting headstrong ignorance of reality. The Naperville city council and city manager became a monolithic, bureaucratic group practicing what is commonly referred to as ‘gangster politics’ by shutting down those who oppose them. It appears that the Naperville city council, and city officials are becoming Orwellian in nature, and moving towards a futuristic totalitarian government.
Watch and listen as Naperville residents voice their opinions to an unreceptive city council, followed by a Philadelphia Fox TV video showing exactly what the Naperville city council is unwilling to recognize.
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