Imagine that the White House was under the control of a single party for nearly 100 years. Then imagine that both houses of Congress were under the control of that same party for those same 100 years. Imagine the stagnation, the absence of debate, the complacency. Imagine no one being held accountable, and no one willing to be responsible. Preposterous? Unconscionable? Unfathomable? Beyond your imagination?
Well, consider this…Since 1907, the Town of Hempstead has been under the control of a single party. Presiding Supervisor. Supervisor. Town Board. Lock, stock and barrel. Since 1907 – the year Oklahoma became the 46th State, Louis Lumiere invented color photography, and Katherine Hepburn was born – a single party, the Republican party, has made all of the decisions – from appointments to zoning – in the Town of Hempstead. No checks and balances. No voice of opposition. No minority report.
In 1907, Theodore Roosevelt was President of the United States. In 1907, the SS Lusitania was launched. In 1907, the Chicago Cubs won the World Series. In 1907, the first electric vacuum cleaner was invented, and Maytag introduced the first wooden-tub washing machine.
In 1907, nearly 1.29 million immigrants entered the United States. [On April 17, 1907, a record 11,747 immigrants arrived at Ellis Island.] In 1907, Rube Goldberg started work with the New York Evening Journal to begin a 60 year career as a cartoonist. His cartoons depicted complex "inventions" to solve simple problems. [Many of his inventions, we understand, are still in use today at Hempstead Town Hall.] In 1907, Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey Circus was formed. [And face it, there have been continuous performances at Town Hall ever since!]
A single party ruling the roost over America’s largest township for almost 100 years? Imagine that!
Thomas Jefferson once opined, “A little revolution every few years is a good thing.” Well, if not a revolution at Hempstead Town Hall, then certainly, a little house cleaning with that electric vacuum – or with the greatest invention of all, the voting machine - is in order.
ELECTION DAY IS TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8.