Today some kind of "who will get the airport concession" meeting was held at Sea-Tac. Finding out about it about an hour prior prevented my attendance. Though ultimately a Port of Seattle decision, I see it, as I see everything concerning the local transportation industry, as connected to the governmental primacy that is the City of Seattle. As I have been saying the past two weeks, most of the issues facing us can be laid at Seattle's bureaucratic feet, their tarnished toes our local itchy, annoying fungus. With the flat-rate for-hire folks in particular, along with Uber and Lyft, they want what they feel is only their just and fair share of the lucrative Sea-Tac market. Viewing themselves as new Reformation reformists, sects and off-shoots from the main church, their core argument is that since we share the same faith, sacramental communion should he offered to all minus any and all religions deviations. Yes, one can easily understand their approach, given piety and enthusiasm expressed.
But as my schizophrenic brother said today at lunch, "it is all the devil" and maybe in that sense it is, a governmental "demon realm" spreading mayhem and fear. Our big mistake is to embrace what was created to divide and destroy. I suggest instead we unite and oppose the source of our turmoil, those malignant spirits in progressive clothing occupying those "business district" skyscrapers, our diluted "Sodom and Gomorrah." Caution is advised before we all turn into Biblical "pillars of salt," inert and lifeless. Again, remember to ask yourselves, just "what are we arguing about?"
Your First Opportunity For Justice
A much simpler avenue toward addressing our great betrayal is to vote "the bums out." Thankfully a number of the City Council members who voted for an "uncapped" TNC/Ride-share industry have left but a large core remains. Join me , depending on your district, in voting against
Tim Burgess, Council Position #8
Sally Bagshaw, Council Position # 7
Jean Godden, Council Position #4
Kshama Sawant, Council Position #3
Bruce Harrell, Council Position #2
All five of these individuals are suspected to be in Uber's political pocket. Scan the "Voters' Pamphlet" to begin making your decision concerning alternatives. The one incumbent I recommend is
Mike O'Brien, Council Position # 6
He alone questioned what the council was doing.
Ending with a Philip Larkin (1922-1985) Poem
I will let that wonderful British writer have the last word. It is quoted from his "Collected Poems" published in 1989 by Farrar-Straus-Giroux and The Marvel Press.
Homage to a Government
Next year we are to bring the soldiers home
For lack of money, and it is all right.
Places they guarded, or kept orderly,
Must guard themselves, and keep themselves orderly.
We want the money for ourselves at home
Instead of working. And this is all right.
It's hard to say who wanted it to happen,
But now it's been decided nobody minds.
The places are a long way off, not here,
Which is all right, and from what we hear
The soldiers there only made trouble happen.
Next year we shall be easier in our minds.
Next year we shall be living in a country
That brought its soldiers home for lack of money.
The statues will be standing in the same
Tree-muffled squares, and look nearly the same.
Our children will not know it's a different country.
All we can hope to leave them now is money