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Why I know that David Paterson will be a great Governor

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy:

Chapter 28

The major problem – one of the major problems, for there are
several – one of the many major problems with governing people is
that of whom you get to do it; or rather of who manages to get
people to let them do it to them.

To summarize: it is a well known fact, that those people who most
want to rule people are, ipso facto, those least suited to do it. To
summarize the summary: anyone who is capable of getting
themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do
the job. To summarize the summary of the summary: people are a
problem.

Well, the real reason I know that David Paterson will be a good Governor is because I know from past history that David Paterson is more progressive than the previous Governor. For instance, the former Governor equivocated on the death penalty by saying he supported the death penalty under certain circumstances. David Paterson has been against the death penalty. In addition, if you try to find anti-Paterson critiques on-line, what you mostly find is times when he was being too progressive for corporate media’s taste.

Though, the real reason that I know that David Paterson will be a great Governor, is because he got the job so unexpectedly, it is almost as if he was not viciously ambitious enough to get it.

What came to mind for me was that rule above from the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. I often tell people that rule, that being the President of the Galaxy is such an important title, that no one who wanted the job should allowed to have the job. (In the story, the man who wants to be President of the Galaxy reprograms a part of his brain to pretend he doesn’t want the job, while keeping a tiny section of his brain hidden which will help him follow the path to becoming President…)

I truly think that the whole Spitzer/Paterson/State of New York story is like science fiction and/or a Shakesperian novel. And, to add to the twists of fate, we New Yorkers also get the unique opportunity to be governed by the first African-American Governor in New York, and the first legally blind Governor in the history of our country. I don’t think we were ready to do that with our present state of mind and our winner-take-all elections. Though, I am very pleased that we have gotten into this situation.

-Kimberly Wilder
New Yorker

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