Monday, April 11, 2016

Why John La Tour should stay in play

Posted By on Mon, Apr 11, 2016 at 1:41 PM

Fayetteville alderman John La Tour, to almost no one’s surprise, has behaved in a way that is boorish at best, and well, pretty ugly at worst. But that is precisely the reason why he shouldn’t resign from the City Council; it works out well for liberal causes if he stays put.

This is from the site which seeks the recall - or the resignation - of John La Tour.

“We believe in good government working for the people. Ward 4 Alderman John La Tour has established a 15-month record of obstructionism, self-interest, and vulgar humor. Residents of Ward 4 are working for his recall and the selection of a representative that will work in their interests instead of his own.”

http://www.forfayetteville.com/

And here is the link to a piece I wrote about Comrade la Tour before he took office.

http://www.arktimes.com/StreetJazz/archives/2014/11/07/i-have-seen-john-la-tours-fayetteville

So, just why should John la Tour stay in play, on the city council, in full view of the entire world?

Precisely for that reason - because he will be in full view of the entire world. There is no earthly reason to suspect that his behavior will improve, or that he will have a Saul on the road to Damascus moment. But . . .

. . . having him in play may prevent yet another John la Tour from joining him on the city council. John La Tour won election during a particularly divisive time in Fayetteville, and there is every reason to believe that others of his ilk may run for office this year, as well.

But because he has become not only a divisive figure himself, but sort of cartoonish, to boot, one can point to John La Tour and say, “No, thanks. We already have one,” when his spiritual brethren run for office.

Because they - the angry men and women who want to return Fayetteville to the 1950s - will always have the specter of John la Tour looming over their campaigns. He will haunt them from the first day they announce for office, and comparisons to him will color each and every utterance they make, or debate they take part in.

Force him out, and you give fuel to their fire. If he resigns, the reason may well be forgotten, but what would be remembered by those who think as he does would be the fact that he was forced from office.

“Remember John la Tour!” may well become the Fayetteville equivalent of “Remember the Maine!”

Keep the silly man in place; he will serve as an abject lesson as to why folks fueled by anger and fear of the future should not be elected. He will become irrelevant.

But force him out, and you’ll see an election season like you’ve never before seen in Fayetteville - and that takes some doing, believe me.

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