Your litigation attorney candidates spoke this morning of the historical significance of this commission. They are right… but the question remains, what does this commission signify? Yes, you are a noble experiment, but has the experiment on the whole succeeded or failed? The jury is still out. The real story of this commission remains to be written.
This morning, Attorney McRae was passionate and articulate as to the ideal of the commission. But let’s be clear, he is selling his firm by recycling to you your own vison of yourself. He invites you to conclude, before the maps are finished, and before Californians have looked at them closely and weighed in that:
“You have respected and adhered to the process… produced maps that serve and reflect California… been deliberative and impartial and… [and] adhered to the spirit and letter of the Propositions.”
This is basic salesmanship. Project onto the screen of the prospect’s consciousness a glowing self image… an voila, he buys the product, in this case his law firm as your litigator. Most of you were motivated by idealism. But be increasingly wary of self deception as you move forward.
If you allow prospective attorneys to claim, “Mission Accomplished,” or worse, if you make this claim yourself, there may be a George-Bush-on-the-aircraft-carrier video playing on an endless loop in your collective future. To avoid this, wait till everyone has weighed in, listen to your critics and take the praise with plenty of salt.
Neither your lawyers, your supporters and much less yourselves can capably and fairly judge your work. Your maps will be judged over the next decade through the aggregate voices of all Californians.Regards, David Salaverry CCAG, California Conservative Action Group www.fairthelines.org