Sunday, July 30, 2017
Jake Day & Facebook: Constituent Censorship Unbecoming!
Actions have consequences... so does censorship!
Many Salisbury citizens have complained about Salisbury Mayor Jake Day blocking them on Facebook. It makes one wonder: Is this a sign of the Mayor's lack of maturity as it denotes his inability to handle criticism and verbal discourse or is he merely trying to block out negativity? Mind you, many of those blocked, have never posted a response to anything Day's said on Facebook, but have disagreed with him in public forums or on blogs. Meaning, he's never had a face-to-face confrontation but still chooses to block the person because they don't agree with him.
As we read in Friday's article here on Salisbury News about the Virginia Judge making the stunning decision that politicians are not allowed to ban citizens from their pages, it would seem the judge agrees with the Constitution - whereas Jake Day does not.
Unlike President Trump's situation, where paid bots are making threats of physical violence against him and his family including his 12 year old son, Day doesn't have this type of posts anywhere on his social media accounts. Pointing out his incompetence is nothing close to said threats endured by the President! Complaints about snafus like budgeting $100K for an $850K job (disposal of contaminated soil) are justifiable because he shouldn't make them if he really holds an advanced degree in Urban Planning!
This censorship issue is not limited to Facebook followers. Day also tunes out many area leaders, proving his inability to work with the County on issues of great importance like firefighter situation. In reality, he doesn't seem to have the finesse it takes to be in any political position - much like a bull in a china shop, he runs roughshod over everyone who doesn't agree with him.
Behavior Unbecoming of an officer much less a Mayor...
We should've known once this was posted on his Facebook what we were dealing with. Hopefully the State Democratic Committee will also take this red flag as a warning to back off. If they're smart, they will - because this is a dumber version of O'Malley, if we even thought it possible.
Perhaps it's time for Jake to re-think his future in politics as he seems better suited for positions where he has minimal, if any, interaction with the public. It's clear he can't keep his narcissistic tendencies on a leash and he's no Donald Trump!
If the abovementioned ruling takes effect in Maryland (note: the Fourth District has jurisdiction over this area, too) Jake will be forced to either unblock or get off Facebook altogether. It wouldn't hurt feelings either way as many find his actions on and off social media prove he's unfit for his current position.
at 7/30/2017 06:00:00 AM