Daily Bread for 8.21.23: From Government, Failure is Both Loss and Distraction

Good morning.

Monday in Whitewater will be mostly sunny with a high of 83. Sunrise is 6:08 AM and sunset 7:47 PM for 13h 38m 44s of daytime. The moon is a waxing crescent with 23.2% of its visible disk illuminated.

The Whitewater Common Council and Whitewater Unified District School Board meet at 6 PM.

On this day in 1911, the Mona Lisa is stolen by Vincenzo Peruggia, a Louvre employee.

A comment here at FREE WHITEWATER from last week seems fundamentally sound:

Come on guys, take care of the basics. Stop show boating. Streets businesses lakes. If you want to hear yourselves talk run for assembly and congress why dont you?

The comment is in reply to a post entitled Local Government Should Begin and End with the Fundamentals.

One would hope for more successes in the allotment between failures and successes. In the allotment between public and private, private should receive the greater share. To order these spheres and outcomes from worst to best, one might begin with government failure, then private failure, then government success, with private success as the most desirable condition. 

Electing representatives only to find they can’t grasp principles and priorities is a regrettable mistake. Paine described the problem aptly: 

Society in every state is a blessing, but government even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one; for when we suffer, or are exposed to the same miseries by a government, which we might expect in a country without government, our calamity is heightened by reflecting that we furnish the means by which we suffer.

When Whitewater was most in need of a better public direction (Great Recession, 2007-2009), the city council’s external focus offered nothing useful. Now that Whitewater is most in need of a better private direction, the city council’s internal focus offers nothing but a distraction. 

While one may have to address, more often than one would wish, a council’s misdirection, one does so only to highlight by implication a better private course.

(On that better private course, see Waiting for Whitewater’s Dorothy Day, Something Transcendent, and in the MeantimeAn Oasis Strategy, The Community Space, and People Bring Color.)

Black Bear Interrupts High School Football Practice:

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