Today I read the newspapers and I found myself wondering about where the border between tragedy and comedy stands.
I’ll start from afar to explain why i’m not sympathetic towards Mayor Carly Brucato and the reasons why I don’t find her fit to represent Santa Ramona or for that matter whatever kind of public institution she stood for potential office in.
I’m Italian and currently living in Santa Ramona with a student visa, and the city itself was has been welcoming to me pretty well, l feel like I am in a place where i’m becoming able to fulfill my aspirations and experiencing a full and happy life. For this reason I was more interested than some in the first local election that happened since the day of my arrival in town. I was curious about the difference between America and the sometimes messy Italian election situation.
At first I felt interested in those socialists-like posters representing the people party, we European are welfare lovers and I thought it was fairly nice if a people party could have won the elections.
So I awaited to hear some speech or to listen her words out of a gazebo or in some public meeting, but the moment to address the voters seemed never to come.
I though it was just me not being lucky but then I asked other citizens, businesses and public operators; no one heard about her. In a local election where usually every voters know almost personally all the candidates she was as far as away from her voters as the U.S. President. I tried to be positive and open, and I was glad to finally be able to assist at the public debate inside City Hall. It was there that I realized what Carly Brucato was. She was having a debate while sucking a lollipop in front of a number of potential voters. Her debating strategy was quite simply immature, and from what I remember was all about throwing insults at Jordan Russo, the other candidate.
There was not a single word about plans and a lot about calling some tax paying businesses illegitimate following her own criteria.
I will not defend or clear the name of the venues Carly Brucato was calling ‘illegal’, but still it hinted at the reasoning flaws of a woman that was clearly never educated about politics and powers. It was after that debate she unexpectedly won and I thought she’d change and try to work as a mayor at her best. One can always learn and change in life, right?
A couple of weeks after I noticed a small group of protesters outside the city hall. A great chance to have some banter and listening about how city life was going but even if the protest was not really mine, it was a great occasion to learn more about the new Mayor. She went inside her office, in front of my astonished glance with a awesome T-Shirt with a nice print: “Someone cares about you, not me, someone”.
That moment was when I realized she was not cut for the job.
So this is an open letter to Carly Brucato
Dear Mayor Brucato, you have to be the first to respect the institution you represent. You are the face of Santa Ramona, so you have to know how to speak and how to dress because you represent a city. You represent the people who work in the city, and those who work for the city. You have to represent and preserve Santa Ramona’s pride with your behavior. This city belongs to his people not to you so please try to understand that a shirt like this can amuse you personally, but makes Santa Ramona looks like a circus ruled by a clown.
Even if as an Italian I’ve seen my fair amount of laughable political figures I don’t reckon to have seen a Berlusconi with a lollipop or a silly shirt. And I’ve seen a deputy blamed because he had not a tie in a formal occasion. Never seen a mayor or even a person in a public administration office in my life with such a poor sense when it comes to dress code.
As a rather low income and private citizen I don’t own many formal clothes, but i’m sure that if I find the 20 bucks I lost under the sofa I could arrange a decent outfit for you, if that helps.
And here we are at the point where comedy turns to tragedy.
A Mayor threatening a policeman guilty of having harsh words against her. Let me tell that i’ve personally seen Sgt. Ramirez in action while I was shocked in Mission Boulevard the day of the earthquake. Maybe he doesn't remember me, and his face comes blurry in my mind, but he was and he is what you can define a hero who is used to put his life on the line.
Now reading the newspaper and our Mayor statements it looks like she is convinced a policeman is some kind of free subject under her majesty and she implies to be her ‘boss’. I cannot even believe that she doesn't even get the division of power in a civil society, where she represents the law making part, and Sgt. Ramirez is part of the low enforcing part. A division that has been made important by years of totalitarian governments around the world where dictators and fascists held the power to rule, enforce and judge on their person and made the life of their people a simple living hell.
We are lucky Mayor Carly Brucato is just at the head of a rather small province, because if she was a person with real power the situation would be dramatic and a lot more dangerous. She’s sure following the flaw argument that every public worker is a subject under her power that she has the right to fire an hero of our city just because he legitimately thinks she’s not fit to represent her institution.
And I completely agree with him.
Have I to fear to be fired as well since I have a public job at the Fire Department? Am I subject of Carly Brucato who shouldn't raise her voice against her highness? I’ll take the risk, since in Italy we say ‘better to lose a friend than a good answer’ and the shallow and distasteful attack of our Mayor against Sgt. Ramirez and the decency of the public administration and their freedom to act following their ethic for the well being of the city deserved an answer.
I’m amused by the situation, and I want to express my solidarity to Sgt. Ramirez. I think even my colleagues in the public sector should defend him and be courageous for one time. I’d like if we could be able to arrange together a protest in a form that’d not damage the city to show to the Mayor where we stand, maybe just a flash mob or something similar to demonstrate pacifically what everyone of us thought. The woman need to come to reason. Maybe she could. Let’s show her the way.
Serina Del Nero