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ARIZONA: Some how-to’s for Tacoma council

Letter by Kenneth R. Miller, Tacoma on May 27, 2010 at 12:45 pm with 2 Comments »
June 1, 2010 9:35 am

Setting aside the outcome, Tacoma City Council discussions about immigration suggest rules of engagement for the future.

• Don’t imply that a local citizen who sits for three hours to talk for three minutes is more influential than some guy in Kansas who sent an e-mail. People in Kansas have feelings, too.

• Avoid saying “children are our future”; it can make people burst into song.

• Don’t sing. Not even a little.

• Try not to tell a room full of activists to do something useful for the community instead of wasting your time. Activists are easily confused, and you can’t predict what they’ll do.

• Use facts, even if you have to make them up.

• Use your facts to create a sense of impending doom. This promotes thoughtful decision-making.

• Always ask your attorney before the meeting, “Is there anything else we should know?” Some attorneys are shy about offering advice.

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  1. BigSwingingRichard says:

    Here’s some more.

    Ask the city attorney how many votes you need to pass a declaration and then practice how to count to five. Over time you should be able to master elementary mathematics.

    Learn to vote based on what the people you are supposed to represent want, instead of basing your votes on your liberal ideology.

    Learn what the word “illegal” means in the term “illegal alien”.

    Review your oath of office, ask the city attorney to explain what the words “protect and defend the constitution and the laws of US” means.

  2. Kenneth, love it.

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