It seems that Provo’s current mayor, Michelle Kaufusi, enjoys something of a penchant for showmanship, making quite a number of appearances on camera in brief musicals and parodies and such. (And, on a related note, our city definitely enjoys some notable videographic talent!)
Mayor Kaufusi’s most notable appearances have arguably come during her State of the City addresses. During last year’s address, she appeared in a pre-recorded Star Wars parody video that portrayed her predecessor, Mayor Curtis, handing her a light saber symbolizing our city to wield. During this year’s State of the City address, she appeared in another pre-recorded video, this time parodying Mary Poppins floating above Provo while promoting “getting everyone together to talk it out.”
As for her latest appearance, it’s laudable that she is striving to use the “bully pulpit” of her office to promote both civility and cooperation and unity, especially in a pursuit like politics that seems to naturally attract the proud-and-contentious. But, at the same time, her latest video is almost propagandistic in its over-the-top ending that gushes over how Mayor Kaufusi/Poppins is “practically perfect in every way.” Such messaging should be reserved for campaign funds rather than for tax revenue—which is a relatively small quibble, perhaps, but not a trivial one.
While teamwork is highly beneficial, some would add that we should always cooperate in accordance with God’s two greatest commandments, which include the Golden Rule, which others would say includes mutually respecting each other’s equal God-given rights. Sadly, such respect for basic rights has proven sadly lacking among Provo city officers for at least two decades. These officers need to stop trying to run Provo but, instead, set it free. Like any other political system, Provo’s municipal government’s proper role is to assist us in defending our rightful liberty from others’ aggression, and not to otherwise control us.
If you agree with us that better city government is needed, then please get educated, informed, and involved in Provo’s city elections regularly, and help your like-minded neighbors to do likewise. And, if our website helps, then please feel free to use it. This year’s municipal elections are only eight months away.
- Provo Daily Herald: “In Mayor Kaufusi’s first State of the City female department head appointed, ‘criminal’ zoning a focus” (2018 Jan 18)
- Provo City: “The Force Awakens in Provo City” (2018 Jan 18)
- Provo Daily Herald: “Mayor Kaufusi announces new department during State of the City address with the goal to stay competitive with other cities” (2019 Feb 19)
- Provo City: “Provo City | Mayor Poppins” (2019 Feb 21)
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