Saturday, September 26, 2015

Gossips' Word for the Day: Demagoguery

Definition (derived from Merriam-Webster): When a leader makes use of popular prejudices and false claims to gain power

Example: When the mayor, in his list of accomplishments, summarizes the snafu that ensued (see the report in the Register-Star) when he, annoyed that the Common Council had overridden his veto of the amendments to the mass gathering permit procedures, insisted on a letter from the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1314 requesting a waiver of the 120-day filing requirement and of the required $1 million insurance policy before he would issue a mass gathering permit for last year's Veterans' Day parade as "Said no to Veterans being removed from Warren Street parades."

1 comment:

  1. You could understand if "veterans" were ever mentioned during the drafting of the law, but it had nothing to do with that.

    Alderman Delaney, as a member of the Legal Committee, helped draft the law. He is also a veteran and a member of the VFW.

    Mr. Delaney is quoted as saying, "I would never do anything to jeopardize this parade," and "they're just looking for a scapegoat."

    It appears that the mayor's literature continues that same scapegoating.