Looks as if the Wymbs fiasco is over. Jane Christy and Bruce Peterson called it like it is — Magazzu was behind the Wymbs ouster and engineered it by putting people who owe him on the CCIA board. Magazzu’s response was to say these Independent Leader candidates had been “repudiated” by the voters He added, “It’s clear they have no credibility. They live in a place that is the X-Files meets the Twilight Zone”. Lou at his cleverest. Let me suggest that Lou lives in Orwell’s 1984. For those who need a memory jog:
Nineteen Eighty-Four (also 1984), by George Orwell, published in 1949, is about the totalitarian régime of the Party, an oligarchical collectivist society where life is a world of perpetual war, pervasive government surveillance, public mind control, and the voiding of citizens’ rights. In the Ministry of Truth (Minitrue), protagonist Winston Smith is a civil servant responsible for perpetuating the Party’s propaganda by revising historical records to render the Party omniscient and always correct, yet his meagre existence disillusions him into rebellion against Big Brother, which leads to his arrest, torture, and conversion.
Lou as Big Brother — makes sense, doesn’t it? He claims his opponents lack credibilty. What they lacked was money. Money is an essential ingredient to winning an election, and it is virtually impossible for independents to raise enough. I admire the guts of the Independent Leaders; they realized the formidable odds they faced, yet had the courage to go out and call things as they are. And now Big Brother Lou is revising history, saying they were “repudiated”. One of Lou’s hand-picked candidates was not elected. Maybe it was Lou who was repudiated?
Of course Lou in his apparent megalomania thinks he has been given a “mandate” to do whatever he wants, including getting rid of Steve Wymbs. One suspects that is just a start. No doubt he is wreaking further vengeance on his opponents by orchestrating the anticipated changes in the Millville prosecutor/public defender lineup.
Dystopian novels such as 1984 always have a courageous minority struggling to fight the authoritarian regime. Perhaps we can sustain a rebellion in Cumberland County. We have a foothold, even if it is in the form of Republicans. Next year perhaps we can make further inroads. Keep the faith.
But, like 1984, some dystopian novels end up not so well for the courageous. Word is that Lou will not run for freeholder again, because he has his sights on bigger things.