Have you ever noticed how long it takes to get something done in government. If you live in a democracy or a republic, it can take forever and a day. Everybody wants to get involved with their opinions and ideas, then there’s a lot of discussion which can escalate into an argument or a fight.
The City of Naperville created a carefully conceived plan to choose a developer for the Fifth Avenue Project, which will be a huge development (over 13 acres) near the 5th avenue train station. City officials chose a 15-member advisory committee of outstanding individuals to review proposals from eight companies. A list of criteria was created from which the development firms were to be scored. With much talk and review, one company (Ryan Cos.) stood head and shoulders above the rest and that company was chosen to be presented to the city council to consider as the potential developer. Council approval was the next step towards having the company use their time and money to survey public opinion in the area and then develop a plan for the council to consider.
When city staff presented the findings to the city council and the public during the August 15 city council meeting, it was not received very well by some council members and residents in the project area. Council members said they were not happy with the process; in other words they felt left out of the communication loop as did the residents. Not that the development company chosen was not the best, just that they were left out. No one seemed to understand that choosing this company just meant the company could now move forward in involving others with public opinion of what’s needed in the area if anything.
That’s the ‘problem’ with a republic or a democracy. Everyone wants input, feelings are hurt, egos are bent out of shape, and the process drags on and on. Sooner or later a plan is created and a decision is made, and a vote up or down is taken. Chances are that this company is the one that will be selected to take it to the next step, but not until everyone has had their input and ego massaged. You may have heard the story about the camel being the end result of a committee assigned to design a horse, rather than just having it designed by the guy who knows what a horse should look like.
The beauty of a benevolent dictator, is that the right or best thing can get done quickly without endless discussion. Now before you get bent out of shape with that idea, consider the key word is ‘benevolent’; well meaning and organized for the purpose of doing good. Now change the word ‘dictator’ to trusted leader. Now who wouldn’t want a trusted leader who’s purpose it is to do good. You could end the endless, circular talking. and get things done.
Yes, I know ‘trusted leader’ is difficult to wrap your arms around. If you don’t trust your leader, then vote him or her out of office. Which is why we are a democratic republic. Which means get ready for endless, circular talking, bruised egos, upset people, resulting in the same decision; Ryan Cos. will be the developer selected.