There seems to be a close correlation between happiness and sadness, humor and tragedy, joy and sorrow. It seems that both emotions are beneficial in a persons life.
Someone once asked Rabbi Shlomo Wolbe zt"l an age old question- Why was it important for man to be born into a life of suffering? Rav Wolbe answered with a parable. A person that goes through the desert and is overheated and dying of thirst is given a bucket of ice water. When he drinks and covers himself in that water he experiences the ultimate pleasure. If he never suffered he would never have been able to experience real pleasure.
Ok now, where does politics fit into all this?
We have had politicians and power brokers using our town as their own personal money making machine.
Not only did we miss out on all the good we should have been receiving, we were silently suffering and being told all is great. Now we sit on the dawning of a new era.
Everyone realizes that most of our Committee is completely corrupt. Bribery, nepotism, committee members that secretly gain approvals for their own projects, etc.
Our resources being used for private for profit organizations, funding diverted to individuals on the VAAD, waste and incompetence are more than common. Instead of receiving millions a year for hosting the BLUE CLAWS, we pay dearly for it. All the corruption would be unheard of in almost any other town, and we think this is normal.
But things are changing. Because of the exposure on all the shenanigans, there is a collective 'uh oh' taking place among the most corrupt.
The board of education is no longer able to fund Chemed with a non essential rental that costs the taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars a year.
The Blue Claws are trying to pretend to be more involved in the community by helping the public school system.
The UEZ is throwing money at businesses in a last ditch attempt to seem concerned about local commerce and not their own pet projects.
Although all of these attempts are superficial and meaningless band aid fixes, they show that the powers that be feel vulnerable and realize their days are numbered.
When all the takers fall away and allow the people that want to help the town grow responsibly, create jobs, fight crime, and tackle property taxes and make sure everyone pays their fair share, then we will be able to experience true joy with the way our town is run.