Critical thinking isn’t meant to be comfortable; it’s meant to yield high quality actions and decisions.
“Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think.” -Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Without debate, without criticism, no administration and no country can succeed — and no republic can survive.” John F Kennedy.
DJ’s opponent has called him a …”politician” as if the word, in it’s base form was an insult. As if professional aspiration is a bad thing; as though we should fault the entry-level employee for setting his sites on the CEO’s office. As if the American dream isn’t ours anymore.
Literally, a politician is someone who is experienced in the art or science of government, someone who knows how to shape public policy and decision-making.
Granted, there are a lot of politicians who are abusing their power, who are refusing to get to work on critical issues.
Fortunately for us, DJ understands the structure within which he can work, and has skillfully and expeditiously brought many community issues to the forefront for action, including, to name a few: the first citizen’s levy committee, the emergency cold weather shelter, and the citizens’ most recent plea for a diversity commission.
I know that DJ Wilson routinely asks questions that make us uncomfortable. We often chafe when he talks, and he habitually pulls the scabs off our intellectual sores.
But frankly, I’m not looking for a warm fuzzy friendly go-a-long to get-a-long personality to pry my city out of the mess it’s in; I’m looking for someone who can skillfully navigate and execute a plan, who can organize the citizenry to find their voice, and who can create enough turbulence that people are forced to take note.
So, I say, keep on keeping on DJ – Truly, NO-ONE works harder for Edmonds!