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I’d like to thank Elizabeth Cardona for her response (“Despite Arroyo’s
loss, Mass. Latinos still well positioned for political impact,” Dec.
20, 2007) to my letter (“What’s wrong with Boston’s Latino progressive
movement?” Nov. 22, 2007). As the title of my letter indicated, my
commentary was primarily about the disarray in Boston’s progressive
community, but I appreciate the information on the situation in
Springfield. I have said that the most profound political gains in
Massachusetts happen outside of Boston, primarily in the middle- and
smaller-size cities, at times independent of organizational efforts
such as those touted by ¿Oíste?.
Now, with former Boston School Committee member Angel Amy Moreno, former City Councilor Felix Arroyo and former state Sen. Jarrett Barrios gone, and state Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez ready to depart the Legislature and join the Menino administration, we can conclude that we here in Boston are up a creek without a paddle.
The body politic here is oblivious to this, and there is no one sounding the clarion call to wake up the masses. This is where political organizing plays a pivotal role. Unfortunately, that’s in short supply these days. An end-of-the-year “jolgorio” where the political elite meet does not equate with grassroots organizing and political awakening.
Though I applaud the efforts of those in Springfield, there is unfortunately little upside there, even with a new representation system.
Rumors of a fed-up Springfield electorate sick of politics as usual and a do-nothing City Council that sat back as the city slid into bankruptcy turned out to be false. When push came to shove — when it finally came time for the voters of Springfield to let their voices be heard — they overwhelmingly cried out for more of the same political abuse they’ve been getting for the past 20 years. Beware of what you ask for; you might actually get it.
In a democracy, you get the government you vote for. Unenlightened voters do not always make the best decisions. As a result, democracy can, at times, be messy.