It’s all about the spin, isn’t it? For example, regarding some recent discussion on this blog, I could say,
“Yesterday, Councilman Dave Henderson took quite a lot of time out of his day to thoughtfully respond to his constituents.”
…or I could say…
“Seems Councilman Henderson has nothing better to do than argue with people who don’t wholly share his views!”
In fact, the whole matter has to do with spin. Henderson posted something on his public FB wall (haven’t we learned about THAT, yet???) denigrating a course offering by the Michigan Municipal League. In that post (which you can see in it’s entirety below), he stated that he had gut reactions against taking any of their offerings, and was now more inclined to resist the training given the topic of the course he referenced. He felt, and I quote his words exactly, that…
“... if you need to be shown how to get voters to say yes, you probably don't have a real need for a millage increase. IMHO”
To me, his spin seems clear: he don’t need no stinking training courses as long as he uses his “common sense, practicality and raw conservatism.” To me, he was saying that educating himself on topics with which he disagreed was pointless – he has all the tools necessary already to lead our city.
The spin put on that topic here on the blog was that it was a shame Mr. Henderson seemed reluctant to avail himself of education on this and other municipal topics...that leading by his gut was perhaps NOT ENOUGH for a sitting council person in the eyes of a diverse electorate.
We’ll likely never all agree with each other on this…and we don’t have to. Had Mr. Henderson stated his views in a different way, it may not have even merited notice. But the underlying issue here isn’t simply that Mr. Henderson feels an MML course offering is pointless.
It’s his spin.
Mr. Henderson sees himself as the super-citizen, the one who stepped up to stand for “common sense, practicality and raw conservatism.” Numerous times he’s dogged others who didn’t do the same, giving the impression that unless we’re willing to run for council, our views don’t count and our passion doesn’t matter.
He’ll take anyone to task for their reactions to his views, forgetting that he spent years insulting our city leaders. For example, he calls out name-callers in the comments section of this blog. That’s rich from a man who nicknamed our former mayor “Schilldog” over and over. When he was chastised for that, his response was that it was ok…he called his wife a dog, too.
Stand up guy, eh?
He’ll get information wrong time after time, yet take issue with anyone correcting him on that, turning it into an opportunity to play the victim or accuse us of bullying. Just last night, I pointed out that he was incorrectly attributing a post and its spin to me rather than the author. For that, I was scolded for imposing my “intellectual superiority.” It was done, he said, because I didn’t have anything else to come at him with.
So I’m intellectually superior, but also bested by his repartee?
Or maybe I was tired and going to bed but wanted to point out one quick thing when I saw it.
I guess it depends on your spin.
The point is that Mr. Henderson wants to have his proverbial cake and eat it, too. He wants to spout off on anything and everything, but then play the victim when it’s not welcomed with open arms. He is allowed to spin his views, but takes issue with anyone else doing the same.
I could counter every point he made in his verbose defensive statements…I could show him how his logic is flawed, his interpretation of factual evidence skewed, or how he is often just plain wrong.
But I won’t because it doesn't matter. Mr. Henderson has his take, his history has shown he's not interested in anyone else's (much less mine), and frankly...
...it makes my head spin.