Save the Fishtown Library!

Tonight, Helen and I attend­ed the ral­ly to save the Fish­town Library. It was great to see such turnout to save our com­mu­ni­ty library. I’m hope­ful that we’ll be able to find a way to save these pre­cious resources in the face of May­or Nut­ter’s dra­con­ian cuts. There sim­ply has to be a bet­ter alter­na­tive than shut­ting down pub­lic pools and libraries and putting res­i­dents at risk by cut­ting fire depart­ment resources.

There’s no ques­tion that we as Amer­i­cans are fac­ing tough times, but I’m dis­ap­point­ed that our lead­ers aren’t will­ing to fight the good fight, rather than fold like paper tigers. Whether it’s the Oba­ma tran­si­tion team try­ing to low­er expec­ta­tions, or it’s May­or Nut­ter sac­ri­fic­ing the things that made his can­di­da­cy attrac­tive to so many Philadel­phi­ans, it’s hard not to be dis­ap­point­ed. We expect more. We expect bet­ter. We’re not get­ting either.

There’s a great piece by Paul Krug­man in today’s New York Times about the fail­ure of F.D.R.‘s New Deal. It only failed because F.D.R. was­n’t aggres­sive enough! If our cur­rent crop of politi­cians are to get us through this cri­sis, they’ll need to be aggres­sive in order to pre­serve our great insti­tu­tions and to build new ones. But they won’t do it with­out con­stant pres­sure from the peo­ple who vot­ed them into office in the first place.

Now it’s our turn to hold them account­able. You did­n’t think that sim­ply elect­ing a bunch of Democ­rats to office would result in Utopia, did you? It’s time to hold their feet to the fire and make them live up to their promises!

Want to get involved? Vis­it the Friends of the Free Library site for more information.