patronage en Paul Elisha: Politics and Zoning on the Jersey Shore <p>Ever since New York’s nefarious Kinderhook ‘Kingfish’ unleashed the venal voice of political patronage that forever soiled what could have been a proud and venerable national heritage, with the merit-less motto of: “To the winner goes the spoils!”, those engaged in government via politics and pertinent appointments, at state and local levels, have made the concept of ‘You scrub my back and I’ll scrub yours,’ standard operating procedure.&nbsp; The problem is that not a lot of dirty laundry has come clean, since political practitioners at state and local levels were seemingly seduced by Thom Tue, 04 Dec 2012 16:33:17 +0000 53257 at Paul Elisha: One long step removed... <p></p><p>Those Americans who find themselves dismayed at the current lack of ethical and statesmanlike leadership in our country, replaced by the plodding puerile purgatory of partisan political power peddled to the highest bidder, need to be reminded that it was one of New York’s earlier self-styled political heroes, who preempted the Jeffersonian model of : “equal and exact justice to all… of whatever state or persuasion, religious or political;” as he spelled it out in his first inaugural Presidential address.</p> Tue, 02 Oct 2012 16:15:56 +0000 Paul Elisha 49114 at