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Oh, The Clanging of Pots and Pans
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In Shakespeare's 1597 'Romeo and Juliet', “love is a violent, ecstatic, overpowering force that supersedes all other values, loyalties, and emotions.”1

Well before Shakespeare, Plato2 had refined what the ancient Greeks identified as six types of love. Eros ‘love’, was uncomfortable even feared by the Greeks, because they understood that kind of love was dangerous and could get them into the most trouble. Evidently, the Greeks were right.

In Republican led Nassau County, public corruption is endemic. It's the stuff of folklore. “Public corruption involves a breach of public trust and/or abuse of position by federal, state, or local officials and their private sector accomplices.”3 Fact is, it is hard to remember an extended period without the revelation of a new “shake your head” example of corruption.

Nassau County politicians and their political actors can't resist the clanging of pots and pans over that which the Greeks feared, Eros. It's as if the political class believe the noise about interpersonal transgressions, shield them from the more egregious matter of public corruption. Moreover, the clanging of pots and pans often leads to knee jerk press conferences and social media bullying aimed at “publicly distancing” the politician from their own reflections.

Now, I can think of NO Nassau County public official who can (or should claim to) have the courage of “The Man” many of them admire and in whose name they distribute citations like manna from heaven.  “The Man” who after years of struggle was assassinated, not because he 'had a weakness for women' but because he held a mirror to America and America did not like its own reflection.

Today's clanging of pots and pans is the new assassin's bullet. It's used to dissuade and malign those who consider public office a part of their contribution (not their meal ticket) to our floundering democracy. But is it not time that Nassau County politicians focus on ending public corruption? Is it not time that public officials reach for the podium and speak out against Gerrymandering, the real threat to democracy?

Truth is, there are no winners in the private and often ugly spectacle of love gone bad. Children are hurt; families are torn apart; livelihoods are jeopardized - but hope survives. Hope for healing and hope for lessons learned. Hope that after the anger and passion subside the children are placed first again; the families returns to their new and modified equilibrium and decency returns. The same sentiment can’t be said for ubiquitous chicanery.

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