Or at least that is the message coming from many of the campaigns today, on the eve of probably the most crucial election in Baltimore City history – at least in the past decade!
Tomorrow’s Election Day 2011 has been seen as almost a mystery or myth, as most of the mainstream media outlets, as well as the usual political party machineries, have all been mum and down right eerily silent regarding this electrifyingly important election process. In a city where crime apparently trumps education, at least in terms of funding and importance by this current administration; this election, of the most important position(s) throughout the City, have all been decided, according to most political pundits and news sources? However, the candidates that have been on the losing side of that assumptive political spectrum seem to have recently taken issue with those who obviously have only succumbed to fear, and the reality that the comfortable feel of more of the same seems deserving of the vote by a city in peril –and in a serious need of change!
The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, while expecting different results; and if the Jody Lander’s camp has anything to do with it, Baltimore voters will not be labeled insane after tomorrow’s important political process! Though only roughly 7,880 voters, or 2.4% of the eligible electorate, have come out to cast their votes during six days of Early Voting, many candidates are hoping that the Baltimore electorate will deem Election Day sacred ground and come out to cast their ballots against the establishment that has led us into the mess we find ourselves in today? While multiple, or almost all, of the traditional media outlets and their ‘political journalists’ have basically written the race off, days and even sometimes weeks before the day the voters get their say; Landers and others are standing up for the little man – the average Baltimore voter – to say enough is enough!
At a Press Conference called for in the early morning hour of 10A at the Lander’s campaign headquarters, the lone white candidate for Mayor chose to blast the news media and political pundits who have all but given the election to the 18-month charter-appointed incumbent Mayor, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. Leveling criticism after criticism towards this small and select varying group of media outlets, especially detailing that of the Baltimore Sun’s editorial board; Landers saw fit to highlight the irresponsible nature of such predictions, while also offering his insight into what can be taken out of such non-coverage. While addressing the fact that the Baltimore Sun editorial board only consists of five individuals, three of whom don’t even live in the City of Baltimore, Landers relates the very influential process of endorsement to merely an ‘academic exercise’ to this small band of pontificators. “Since the majority of this ‘concerned board’ doesn’t even live in the City, they obviously won’t have to live with the severe consequences of their recommendations – one way or the other,” said a very adamant and concerned Landers. “When someone tries to force down your throat the way you should vote, or force upon you the best decision for you and your family – especially when that decision or viewpoint has led you to the severe conditions you face today – I find that troubling. I mean these folks are supposed to inspire political engagement and turnout, not foster the idea that it’s a done deal and the people have no other choice but their recommended candidate?”
That disturbing process is equivalent to voter suppression, the same as Mayor Rawlings-Blake equating the Election Board’s mistake regarding the wrong date being printed on the sample ballots to that of the Julius Henson’s related phone call to voters’ on Election Day 2010? This process, in which the Sun, who all but held their breath during their endorsement of the Mayor, joined with the City Paper who actually said they were as surprised as the reader was in their own endorsement of the Mayor?
“The mayor has resorted to hype, directing a flood of press releases touting things like street paving and her new Vacants to Value initiative; yet nowhere in the accolades has there been any accounting of the program’s performance. The mayor does not know, on Aug. 19, how many houses have been sold through the award-winning program—let alone rehabbed. It’s worth acknowledging that a vote for SRB now also risks endorsing her evident lack of vision and public leadership!” – Lee Evans (CityPaper)
Yet even with all these negatives being hurled at her by multiple publications, with each praising candidates such as Landers as being level-headed, experienced, smart, savvy and in touch with the Baltimore electorate and their needs; the Sun says that if you need a tax plan Mayor Jody is the one you vote for? Really? He has the best vision and expertise in this area, however he has many other great ideas and initiatives, and unlike the Mayor he is more than one-dimensional and continues to express new and innovative plans and strategies to improve our city – without having to ‘borrow’ them from others and knock those who don’t agree with, or particularly like him. Yet, even though the other candidates in the race have similar attributes and backgrounds; neither Rolley, Pugh, Conaway or Landers were considered over the woman these publications blatantly say is the worst thing Baltimore would endure?
After listening to the Larry Young Morning Show this morning, and following the word by word play back of the idiotic Sun endorsement, Coach Butch McAdams (a D.C. resident) said it best when he said: “It sounds as if Baltimore is scared to take a chance on change, deciding rather to stick with what is comfortable, more of the same; even if that current administration is detrimental to them and their community? That is insane!” And he is right, for that definition of insanity I wrote about earlier now should make sense to you? For one day the Sun covers a poll in which of course favors the incumbent Mayor; yet then turns around and blasts the same poll with the editorial board telling the readers not to take polls of that nature too seriously? So which is it? These types of misnomers and contradictions should make Baltimore voters angry and suspicious of the people these machines are almost forcing you to vote for. However, with only a minimal showing during early voting, it seems extremely unlikely for these candidates to expect an increasingly high turnout tomorrow, as it seems as though the electorate is almost resigned to the fact that what they do won’t make a difference? That could not be further from the truth, as every single vote counts; especially those votes that buck the trend of the administration and show those who anticipate your ignorance of the real issues and the underhanded technique they have taken to either suppress or buy your vote, to be wrong!
“When someone tells you the outcome of a sporting event, or the end of a movie you really want to see; it almost eliminates your enthusiastic motivation to see or become involved with such,” explained Landers. “Therefore, the current administration can inundate the Baltimore electorate with as many slick TV and radio ads, produced by Madison Avenue PR firms and paid for by special interest finances, as they’d like; I have faith in the intelligence of the voters that on Election Day, which is tomorrow and is NOT a foregone conclusion, they will not allow for such negative campaigning to manipulate their choice for a real and distinguished leader to take this City forward –and not backwards as the Rawlings-Blake administration has done over the last year and a half!” – Joseph ‘Jody’ Landers (Democratic Candidate for Mayor)
This sentiment is evident in the latest Lander’s e-commercial released over the weekend, created and produced by the political PR juggernaut firm known as GCOMM Media Co. This commercial highlights the differences between the current Mayor and her bass-ackwards policies compared to that of the vision of Mr. Landers – as you see him talk policy initiatives with black Baltimore political leaders such as former Mayor Sheila Dixon and NAACP Baltimore Branch President Tessa Hill-Aston, as well as taking advise from and sharing his vision with up and coming political leaders Adam Jackson and Dayvon Love of the great group known as the Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle!
Also of note, following the lead of Landers, a coalition of City Council President Candidates also held a press conference later in the day in front of City Hall, calling for the voters of Baltimore not to be falsely misled by the media’s obviously slanted views and opinions of this year’s election – and calling on them ‘NOT to BELIEVE the HYPE!’ Being led by both Democratic and Republican Council President candidates – Armand F. Girard, Leon Hector, Sr, Tom Kiefaber, Charles U. Smith, Renold “RB” Smith, David Anthony Wiggins – this sentiment is being labeled: ‘Another WIRED Sham Election!’
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