Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win. - Sun-tzu - The Art of War
The long and disgraceful attempt to intimidate labor leader, Marty Maney has apparently come to an end. Less than a year ago, Mayor Dennis Hannon attempted to consolidate power by intimidating Union President Marty Maney. Mayor Hannon sought extreme penalties against the Fire Fighter Union President for speaking his mind at Village Board meetings and to the local media. Monday, this latest ugly chapter in Hannon's bullying came to an end.
The Press & Sun Bulletin reported that the Village has agreed to withdraw all charges of misconduct and restore the 30 days pay taken from him. What was absent from the article was any mention of anything given by Maney in return. In other words, it appears that the Village realized that no court would condone Hannon's heavy handed and oppressive management style. Therefore, the only thing left to do was back down.
One can never underestimate the lengths that politicians will go to in order to "spin" the truth. But it stretches the credulity of even the most naive to believe that the resolution with Maney was anything other than an all out surrender by the Village.
Fire Starter can understand the Hannon's unwillingness to admit he was wrong. We would have been surprised if he had stood up and taken his lumps like a man. But we hope that somewhere, deep down, Hannon has learned a lesson about the democratic system. But that would require honest introspection and self evaluation. And the King is not subject to such frivolity.