For more than three years, I have had the pleasure of being the editor of San Jose Inside. It has been a lot of fun and I have learned much about myself and our community and fellow citizens. That’s why today is a sad day for me as it will be the last time I will write as a regular contributor to the site. Alas, I must give up the editorship of SJI to make more time for other projects.
I would like to thank everyone who has participated in this community experiment so far. When we started this site back in 2005, we never dreamed it would be as successful as it has become and last as long as it has. It has been a fascinating experience exchanging ideas with everyone here and I have especially enjoyed sparring with those of you who do not agree with my views. I have learned most of all from you.
While I will no longer be intimately involved with SJI on a daily basis, I will join in the discussion as a citizen blogger when I can. San Jose Inside will continue much as it has but without some of us who have been here since its beginning. You can rest assured that the site is in good hands with Eric Johnson as editor and that he is committed to continuing the hosting of community discussions on matters of public interest and further developing the content side of SJI. I hope that you will support his efforts as you have mine in the past.
And finally, I would like to thank my long-time colleagues—Tom McEnery, John McEnery IV, Single Gal and Councilman Pierluigi Oliverio—as well as our many guest contributors and the more recent additions from Metro. It has been a real pleasure to work with all of you.
These are tough times for all of us in this country. Our economy has been driven to the brink and our reputation in the international community is in tatters. It is easy to blame government for our ills, but we must all share in that responsibility. The voters made a terrible mistake “electing” and then re-electing our current incapable president—who did not have the common American’s best interests at heart but those of the oil barons, war profiteers and Wall Street speculators and banksters—and either supporting his administration’s foul deeds outright or standing by with little real protest, even though we all knew deep down inside that what they were doing in our name was wrong. We are now suffering the consequences of those errors of citizenship.
We have hopefully seen the light, however, and our national purpose has been democratically altered by the majority of our citizens seeking to rectify matters before it is too late. We will soon have a new president with extraordinary capabilities. There is great hope in our country and a new common effort to improve our circumstances as a society for the benefit of the average citizen. The rats who have been manipulating the citizenry for their own benefit, robbing us blind and sending our young people to die in unnecessary foreign wars of choice, are jumping ship with all they can carry. The law, or at the very least, karma, will determine their fates. The rest of us will have to carry on and try to repair and transform our society and economy as best we can under the unique set of laws and principles that govern us.
But we must remain vigilant. The stupidity, incompetence, hubris, greed and criminality that brought us to where we are today still exist, and we must guard against their return to the highest echelon of leadership. That’s why sites like San Jose Inside are so important to the functioning of our society now. There is nothing more dangerous to those who would bring harm to us than an informed and educated citizenry free to share information and speak their thoughts, ideas and observations as provided for by our wise founders in the Bill of Rights. So please continue coming here and saying what you think. Keeping community discussions going on blogs all over the country just might ensure our survival as a society in the future.
I wish you all a happy holiday season and the very best of luck for the coming year.