Wednesday, January 15, 2014
THE STRAW MAN AND THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE
Poor Esther. She is having such a hard time getting Dave Israel to respond to her wild and irresponsible charges, she has created a fictitious Dave Israel on Olga’s blog and goes back and forth with this straw man, posing questions and answering them herself as if she were Dave. The straw man looks pretty bumbling, of course.
It’s almost theater until you realize it is the well-being of CV being discussed and the character of a man devoted to his country and now the Village. Then it’s not so funny.
I have just finished reading “Great Bridge” by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author David McCullough. It’s the story of the building of the Brooklyn Bridge, longest suspension bridge of its time in the mid-1800s, a bridge built so solidly it still stands and may stand for many more years to come, it is said. The chief engineer was Washington Roebling, a sterling man, meticulous, and the premier suspension bridge builder of his time. For 16 years he oversaw every detail of the work, even during years of debilitating illness.
For many of these years, however, the financing of the bridge––outside of Roebling’s purview–– was anything but sterling. This was during the era of Boss Tweed and Tammany Hall, and there were many who profited illegally from the bridge project. From time to time it served their interests to blame Roebling for things that were not at all his fault. They created a fictitious Roebling, a straw man, on more than one occasion, and tried to bring him down. Fortunately, they were unsuccessful.
A solid Brooklyn Bridge is what Dave Israel has been building here, I believe––a bridge that will benefit Brooklyn and Manhattan (Century Village) and bring her into the future which is already upon us. He is like Roebling, the Chief Engineer––and as with Roebling, unfortunately there are those who would discredit him, creating a straw man of their imagination to suit their own purposes. Don't let them bring him down. Reelect Dave as UCO president in March.