Friday, May 23, 2014

Another Irony: “A renege of a Promise” and Representative Ronald Sandack

Months ago Sandack told me not to send him e-mails anymore because I referred to some legislators as liars and thieves. I wrote him back and asked: what should I call people who disregard truth and steal what other people have earned? He did not respond.

Ronald Sandack and others like him chose not to honor their oath of office in December, 2013 when they voted “Yes” to break a constitutional contract (SB 1) with public employees. Breaking a promise is a theft of “trust.”   

Regarding the importance of keeping the income tax rate at 5% for maintaining the State’s fiscal health, Sandack was quoted yesterday in the Chicago Tribune:  

“Maybe we'll get a voice this time,” Sandack said. “It's simple: the tax increase is a bad idea. It's a renege of a promise that it would be temporary, and I'm glad at least 30 Democrats saw that for what it is.” 

In the book, The 48 Laws of power by Robert Greene, there is an appropriate allusion to describe the many politicians in the Illinois House and Senate. It’s called “The Liar”:

“Once upon a time there was a king of Armenia who, being of a curious turn of mind and in need of some new diversion, sent his heralds throughout the land to make the following proclamation: ‘Hear this! Whatever man [or woman] among you can prove him [or her] self the most outrageous liar in Armenia shall receive an apple made of pure gold from the hands of His Majesty the King!’

“People began to swarm to the palace from every town and hamlet in the country, people of all ranks and conditions, princes, merchants, farmers, priests, rich and poor, tall and short, fat and thin. There was no lack of liars in the land, and each one told his tale to the king. A ruler, however, has heard practically every sort of lie and none of those now told him convinced the kind that he had listened to the best of them.

“The king was beginning to grow tired of his new sport and was thinking of calling the whole contest off without declaring a winner, when there appeared before him a poor, ragged man, carrying a large earthenware pitcher under his arm.

“‘What can I do for you?’ asked His Majesty.

 “‘Sire!’ said the poor man, slightly bewildered. ‘Surely you remember? You owe me a pot of gold, and I have come to collect it.’

 “‘You are a perfect liar, sir!’ exclaimed the king. ‘I owe you no money!’

 “‘Then give me the golden apple!’

 “The king, realizing that the man was trying to trick him, started to hedge. ‘No, no! You are not a liar!’

 ‘Then give me the pot of gold you owe me, sire,’ said the man.
“The king saw the dilemma. He handed over the golden apple.”

(Armenian Folk-Tales and Fables, retold by Charles Downing, 1993)

Send Sandack a message or call him. I can't: I promised him...

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