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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

To Sum Up...

Throughout the last two years, this blog has served as a way to educate, inform and summarize what has been happening.

Hundreds of entries...thousands of words...hundreds of thousands of hits to the site.

Valiant attempts to relate it to the reader.

In one fell swoop, Jeff Watrick did what I've tried to do many times...only he did it better.  Here is an excerpt from a longer piece on Deadline Detroit:

Daniels and her supporters wanted to make Troy a culture wars battleground. But they also wanted the quiet, comfortable existence that Douglas Coupland called “the life of children of the children of pioneers.”

That have-it-both-way attitude proved to be their undoing. When the inevitable pushback came, when they were told Daniels couldn’t tell lies to high school students and pretend it’s science, that Daniels couldn’t use Troy as a venue to rage against the political managerial class, she and her supporters behaved like the wounded grandchildren of pioneers. They were raised to too much comfort to react appropriately to the adversarial nature of big-time politics.

Normal political criticisms were treated as devastatingly unfair personal attacks. Legal democratic processes were confused with assaults on their liberties. Expectations of professional behavior were perceived as unfair criticism of a political neophyte.

Politics, particularly the politics of the culture wars, ain’t beanbag. Thomas Jefferson paid a pamphleteer to write that John Adams, once his friend and ally in revolution, had a “hideous hermaphroditical character, which has neither the force and firmness of a man, nor the gentleness and sensibility of a woman.” Given such a precedent, it’s hard to feel sorry for Janice Daniels because a Patch commenter called her a witch

These people wanted to be politically bold and transformative without muss and fuss history tells us comes with bold and transformative politics.

What Daniels’ opponents understood and what Daniels and her supporters so completely failed to grasp is that Troy could become a hotbed of ideological politics or it can remain be a charmed and prosperous American middle-class suburb where (again quoting Coupland) politics, the hardball kind, “existed in elsewhere in a televised non-paradise.”  

The majority or Troy voters chose the charmed prosperity—a return to normalcy—over Daniels’ petit bourgeoisie Jacobinism.


  1. Jeff Watrick wrote a great commentary, thanks for sharing.

  2. This writer captured the situation perfectly. Troy will not be a political practice ground for an extremist political neophyte. And I'm glad people stood up to vote accordingly.