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Re: Open Questions to the President

At 10:17 AM 09/18/1999 -0700, you wrote:
>>It is not the person it is the power, take away the power and the 
>>offices must respond to democratic rule. Your enemy is power not the 
>>person, power has always been abused.
>I couldn't agree more with you that the problem is the power and not 
>necessarily the person.  However, you have to understand that there 
>are at least two major personality types that have a problem with 
>power.  The first is the person who seeks out power because they are 
>attracted to power and it is the power that interests them.  These are 
>the really dangerous types who often times won't stop at anything.  
>They often don't have a very high moral and ethics value system.  The 
>second is the person who is put into a position of power who then 
>gradually becomes abusive.
>The big shot who got me kicked off the daylily robin is clearly of the 
>first type.  He had absolutely no hesitation to abuse his position 
>because he had the power and he had the person grudge against me.  
>This is a real hideous abuse of power.  On the other hand we have a 
>robin Big Brother who really isn't a bad person, but he was put into a 
>position of power and then he became abusive of that power.  When you 
>look at particular problems associated with abuse of power you have to 
>figure out where the particular person fits in.  In the first case 
>where the person is abusive because they like/want the power, the only 
>thing you can do is remove that person from the position of power.  
>With the person who is basically nice, but lets the power take control 
>of them, you can sometimes reason with them to get them to understand 
>the problem.
>The problems with the hosta society are basically misconceived policy 
>decisions followed by poor communication and then a reluctance to 
>admit to having made an error.  In the daylily society, on the other 
>hand, the problem is gross unethical abuse of power of a personal 
>nature by a board member and the past president and criminal behavior 
>on part of the entire board to engage in a cover up of that abuse of 
>power and a cover up of the criminal behavior.
>I think the problems in the hosta society will clear up becasue there 
>are enough people who want it cleaned up and the current president and 
>his supporters won't be in office forever.  This is assuming that the 
>hosta society doesn't fall apart before that happens.  Policy can 
>always be changed.  Unfortunately, you can't change the fact that 
>board members may have engaged in highly unethical behavior for their 
>own personal gain, nor can you change the fact that criminal acts took 
>place.  The next president of the hosta society can just toss the 
>misguidded policy into the trash can.  I don't know what the next 
>daylily society president is going to do.  So far all I know is that 
>she is young and good looking, which means that she probably doesn't 
>have much experience with dealing with the evil side of power.  I 
>seriously doubt that she has what it takes to stand up to Mr. Big Wig. 
>If she goes along with the cover up then she becomes part of the 
>problem and she then lowers her own ethical and moral values to 
>justify not doing anything.  Some peoplem can live with that.  But 
>then, if she isn't willing to take the steps to clean house the day 
>she first takes office, then Mr. Big Wig and the others who are 
>abusing their board positions will end up controling her and she will 
>end up doing what they want, not what should be done to solve the many 
>problems that exists within the society.  
>Joe Halinar
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>hi, it would be hard for me to believe that Jim wilkins is not trying to
the best for the organization, i think the problem is how

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