Trib Editorial Board on the Warpath

Since the days since – days to election countdown calender first graced the editorial page we knew this was coming:

We hope you’re among the millions who are infuriated. And we hope you’ll reach for that broom. If you’re just coming up to speed on Illinois politics, fine. We’ll help because, next year, you have to be a change agent

My first question is, why did this wait until the week between Christmas and New Years?  This is kinda like the White House releasing news at 4:00 PM on a Friday.  It gets no where.

My second question is, where is the rest of the outrage?  The last poll I saw had the mayor at a 30% approval rating.  How can that be?  Where are the mayors defenders and what is going on in their minds.  I really want to know.  Someone find me one to talk to.

Foundations

A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury.  From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship.

The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations has been 200 years.  Great nations rise and fall.  The people go from bondage to spiritual truth, to great courage, from courage to liberty, from liberty to abundance, from abundance to selfishness, from selfishness to complacency, from complacency to apathy, from apathy to dependence, from dependence back again to bondage.
— Attributed to Alexander Fraser Tytler  (additional background here)

Is this not what appears to be happening?  Where is our Howard Beale?