The nomenklatura was an elite class of citizens in the former Soviet Union (and other Soviet Bloc countries) who held somewhat powerful positions in almost all government activity. The term nomenklatura also referrs to the Communist Party’s authority (and willingness) to make appointments to key positions throughout the Eastern Bloc power structure.
Some also refer to the nomenklatura as the façade of democracy, as in: “Yes, we are democracy. You can vote. But you must vote for *this* person (insert ‘click’ of pistol hammer *here*).” You know – like just having one person on the ballot.
The nomenklatura is alive and well in ESSCA. (and they’re at least as old as the bastards you see above)
The new issue of our beloved “Advocate” newsletter arrived on the listserv today, and close to the end, I found this:
ELECTION OF ESSCA OFFICERS WILL OCCUR AT OUR MAY 18 MEETING. Nominations: President: Bob Colvin; Vice President: Russell J. Shew; Treasurer: Elizabeth King; Recording Secretary: Nancy Gurganus; Corresponding Secretary: Jane Gorbaty; Chair, Committee on Planning, Zoning, and Public Works: Karen Roper.
Hmm… My listserv group home page says the ESSCA officers are:
- Pres: Bob Colvin
- Vice Pres: Russell Shew
- Treasurer: Elizabeth King
- Recording Sec: Nancy Gurganus
- Corres Sec: Jane Gorbaty
- Chair: Karen Roper, Standing Committee on Planning, Zoning, & Public Works Represents ESSCA to the State of Md. Transit Admin (MTA)
Are you fucking kidding me? When were the nominations? When did they open? When do they close? I left early from the (overly long) meeting last month, and I know I can’t run for office, but is this how it happens every year? I have to get my hands on a copy of those fucking by-laws.
Here’s another thought: Do you live within the boundaries of Georgia, Wayne, Dale, and Sligo? Are you happy about this? About the things these people are doing? No? Are you an ESSCA member? If not, you should be, because THIS IS YOUR FAULT TOO. And having only gone to two meetings, I’m as much at fault. But I’m trying to do something about it.
At this point, I don’t see the power structure changing this election, but something’s gotta be done. I WANT part of Falkland Chase redeveloped. I WANT the Purple Line, and light rail and rapid bus are cool by me. ESSCA? They “voted” against both, whatever that means. Falkland Chase isn’t even in East Silver Spring. That was the dumbest thing ever. A lot of the people there are nice enough (except for one or two, who are in desperate need of medication and a fashion update), but YOU HAVE GOT TO GET INVOLVED.
Step One: Come to the ESSCA meeting on Monday, May 18. It’s the last one until September. We’ll figure out the rest from there.13 comments Digg this