The idiocracy does the Read-in

Stockton Mayor Anthony Silva showed up to the Rotary Read-in without a book. Comment is almost superfluous after that.

He then improvised badly and inappropriately… for which he blamed his staff. 

Nothing new in all that. The venue changes, but the act remains the same.

What I find interesting is the top comment below the news story. For citizens that ilk, criticism of even the lamest mayoral behavior is always invalid; the fault is always ascribed to the Stockton oligarchy striving to re-assert its dominance over the grass-roots revolution that brought Silva to office. 

Against all empirical evidence, citizens with this mindest equate people power with an ineffectual figurehead who has done nothing for them. Actual power does not matter; no results are necessary; only grass roots credentials. City Hall is always to blame, even when it’s not. 

Citizens with this mindet argue passionately for civic illiteracy, and chafe at the mysterious forces that block them from more political power.

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