Sorry I haven't been posting frequently lately, I've been very busy. I know that everybody is yearning for some political banter given that the local talk radio scene is now dead. I now offer you something to chew on for the next few hours that will be worth your time.
I check the council agenda all the time for various reasons - none more important than it's good to know what's going on. I was a little intrigued by this week's agenda. Check it out HERE.
The Mayor's proclamations seem rather light this week. They've got "Women In Construction Week" and "Robert Nesta Marley Day." Wait... who is Robert Nesta Marley?
Apparently you'd know Robert Nesta Marley best by his more common name "Bob Marley." Yes, that "Bob Marley." The Jamaican Rastafarian singer of international fame whose little ditties were thematic resistance songs to an oppressive government (so he says - I don't know personally). His little ditties also serve as the background music for stoned out privileged white kids who see Bob Marley as promoter of drug use. Most of the world now sees him as the privilege white kids do - a stoner whose music makes being stoned all that much better.
Now, I wanted to be outraged by the fact that we are celebrating a guy who has literally nothing to do with El Paso in any way shape or form. However, it's just funny at this point and I can't muster and outrage. The council has repeatedly tried to pass resolutions aimed at discussing the legalization of drugs and a few members have been likened to "Cheech and Chong" and other known drug users. This just plays further into that theme and will no doubt (after me pointing it out because nobody else is paying attention) spawn many more attacks on council. It seems as if they have no want, or no clue how, to stop the destruction of their respective personal images.
Debate if you want the merits of Bob Marley's life and work - I don't care to because the overriding symbolism associated with him today is drug use. If you have an argument about something he did for mankind that doesn't involved getting very high, you'd probably be teaching tens of millions of people between the ages of 16 and 55 something new. So go ahead and try to spin it away from drug use if you must. The rest of us will continue to laugh and point at a clueless council.
Let's hope I'm completely wrong and they're talking about a completely different Robert Nesta Marley who did something great like ride his bike to work when everybody else was riding methane spewing horses around town at the turn of the century.
Sidebar - I can't wait to see how certain council members react to the recognition of Bob Marley. We know Carl Robinson is the Strelzin of city council - he has to make everything about him and a personal story he wants to share. I wonder if Carl is going to admit something whackier than the time he told everyone that his brother is a transexual (which was the perfect example of a "I have plenty of gay friends" qualifier that people throw out when they are marginalizing someone of a certain race or sexual orientation and don't want to stand for the consequences). What about Emma Acosta and her mayoral aspirations? Will she embrace the Bob Marley love and talk about the time she saw him play live in Japan? Or will she throw the Rastafarian under the bus in the name of the popular anti-legalization ethos within the Hispanic community? Will the mayor's anti-drug stance beat his compulsion to stand with a fellow musician? Will Anne Lilly know who Marley is? All of this will be worth watching. However, I'm sure nothing will come of it other than a short paragraph read at the beginning of the meeting... too bad.