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Is There Democracy in Kearny?


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Since there is no accountability or oversight in Kearny because there is no opposition within the controlling party, let alone opposition from an opposing party, who’s watching the town? Is anyone being held accountable for the store? Let’s be real, with no opposition, the leader of Kearny’s dominant political party, who also serves as its Mayor, has final say over all matters, internal and external. Every decision in a municipality takes a majority of votes from its Governing Body, so in Kearny any decision that its leader, the Mayor, has to make, and which must be put before the Town Council will certainly gain automatic approval since “he” has not opposition. There is a Town Administrator for appearances, to make things look like there is oversight, but let’s be pragmatic, the administrator, like it or not, serves at the whim of the Mayor and his Council, so that person must be receptive to what the ultimate power, the Mayor, wants or says. This makes me think, where is the democracy in Kearny, is there democracy in Kearny, does Kearny even want democracy or nothing more than absolute power for the power that is, the Mayor? Shall we now discuss the term, “Democrat” in the political sense?

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Do I smell the ramblings of Jim Mangin?

Since there is no accountability or oversight in Kearny because there is no opposition within the controlling party, let alone opposition from an opposing party, who’s watching the town?  Is anyone being held accountable for the store?  Let’s be real, with no opposition, the leader of Kearny’s dominant political party, who also serves as its Mayor, has final say over all matters, internal and external.  Every decision in a municipality takes a majority of votes from its Governing Body, so in Kearny any decision that its leader, the Mayor, has to make, and which must be put before the Town Council will certainly gain automatic approval since “he” has not opposition.  There is a Town Administrator for appearances, to make things look like there is oversight, but let’s be pragmatic, the administrator, like it or not, serves at the whim of the Mayor and his Council, so that person must be receptive to what the ultimate power, the Mayor, wants or says.  This makes me think, where is the democracy in Kearny, is there democracy in Kearny, does Kearny even want democracy or nothing more than absolute power for the power that is, the Mayor?  Shall we now discuss the term, “Democrat” in the political sense?

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If the voters choose the Mayor and the Council and there are regular elections, then the result is democratic. It seems you disagree with the public's choice. Unless you can convince a majority, your suggestion is, ironically, the anti-democratic one.

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If the voters choose the Mayor and the Council and there are regular elections, then the result is democratic.  It seems you disagree with the public's choice.  Unless you can convince a majority, your suggestion is, ironically, the anti-democratic one.

Actually Thinker, what we have here is a PLURALITY, not a Majority. With voter apathy as high as it is, Very few elections are won by anything approximating a "Majority"

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