Wednesday, July 08, 2009
The UUA Election
Nobody knows what the UUA President is supposed to do, so nobody knows how to choose a candidate for UUA President. I think that this was the small little fault at the heart of the recent election process.
A bigger problem, in my eyes, was that the wrong candidate won, but that's just me, and I'll get over it.
The biggest problem of all is the big wet blanket of sweetie-goo that smothered the life out of the campaign and cut off any process of real debate and challenge to the underlying logic of each campaign. It was a Kum-Ba-Yah campaign. As far as I could tell, the rules were that all speech about the campaign had to start from the presumption that each candidate was equally wonderful (and thus, essentially the same), and that one could state a preference only in terms of your own personal preference, based on which one inspired you more, but without making any real comparison.
You have wonder about the level of anxiety in an organization which tries to keep conflict and differences of opinion so safely contained and walled off.