A copy of this letter was given to me, and I've posted a copy here for your examination. If you click on it you will get to see it in nearly its original size.
Now the theological implications are not all that readily apparent to me. While it is true, as Matthew has said, that one should always be kind to God's weakest creatures for those are the ones He loves best, I'm not sure that category includes City Councilmen, Rotary Club Members, RHNA number establishers, members of the California State Bar Association, or guys who belong to 7 or so organizations with the word "Governance" in their names. No, that all seems rather "Mighty Whitey" to me. And that anyone that deeply enmeshed in the local power structure should be seen as an oppressed and piteous creature of God just doesn't strike me as being very authentic or believable.
But the line that has really thrown me is the one where it says, "When you wrong Joe, you wrong Jesus." Now that seems to be a bit of a stretch to this errant sinner. I honestly never would have picked THAT guy as the Second Coming. Not even as a long shot.
So will we be witnessing Joe's martyrdom this evening? Will being passed over for the Mayor's job for the second time be his own personal Gethsemane? And will we, the non-believers, face an awakening too terrible to contemplate, and from which there is no succor or escape? You know, like being at a Community Redevelopment Agency meeting that goes on for all eternity, and you just never seem to be able to leave?
Anyway, I'll see you at City Hall tonight. Should be quite a party. And stick around for the Utility Users Tax Oversight Committee appointments. There might be a surprise or two in there somewhere. You just never know what's going to happen in this town.
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Click here for Joe's infamous (and not very Jesus-like) "Get a life" video.