41-5 Without Debate

It strikes me that the world the Wise Old Men of Washington and their fetishists imagine, the one where The Right People just get together and decide everything without any real need to worry about what people actually want to see done, isactually here now:

The City Council today approved two controversial ordinances that would increase penalties for protesting and expand Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s authority over city contracts in advance of this spring’s NATO and G-8 summits in Chicago.

The measures cleared the council as protesters demonstrated outside the chambers in City Hall, claiming the ordinances would infringe on their First Amendment rights. One protester, a 22-year-old man, was arrested after allegedly striking a police commander, said Chicago Police Department News Affairs Officer Darryl Baety. Charges are pending.

The council voted 45-4 to tighten restrictions on public gatherings. Protesters will now be required to describe the sizes of signs, banners or sound equipment in permit applications for protests and the minimum fine for violating the ordinance will increase from $50 to $200.

Aldermen Will Burns (4th Ward), Robert Fioretti (2nd), Leslie Hairston (5th) and Nicholas Sposato (36th) voted against the ordinance. Ald. Mary O’Connor (41st) was absent.

The second measure, which gives Emanuel greater control over city contracts for the summits, passed 41-5 without debate.

Governing is hard. Better to just kick back and let Those Who Know Best take care of it.


4 thoughts on “41-5 Without Debate

  1. They’ve turned NYC into their own shiny, Disneyfied little fiefdom. The next step is to exileall the proles out to the outer boroughs outside of “core business hours,” and enforce it with work permits checked on the bridges and tunnels, I reckon.

  2. I heard there is more than a 10% discrepancy in the population of some of the wards, which might not seem like a lot but it’s the same thing as randomly seating only 45 of 50 aldermen. One person, one vote is the cornerstone of democracy. Not 1.1 person, 0.9 vote. There oughta be a law against it.*
    *I’m pretty sure there is

  3. The world where “the right people” govern, or at least the idea, is not new. That idea is enshrined in the Constitution. The arguments are fully presented in the Federalist and demonstrated with the original lack of suffrage for anyone other than white, propertied, men.

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