According to this article in Sun Thisweek, Mayor Elizabeth Kautz complimented some voters of her city by praising them for voting for her. For those who did not, well, read for yourself.
From the article:
The result “says to me that we have a very, very smart electorate in Burnsville,” said Kautz, who won 16,600 votes to Willenburg’s 12,379. “We have intelligent people who evaluate your performance and your deliverables, and they look at the results, and that’s what they make their decisions from, rather than looking at political ideology or likes and dislikes.”
In other words, 16,600 people were very, very smart and the rest were stupid for voting for her opponent. An interesting way to alienate nearly half of the active electorate, too bad she didn’t do that a few weeks ago like another recent candidate who ended up failing. But while a catching headline, it’s not the worst thing thing Kautz mangled in the article.
From the article:
“And yet there are people who want leadership with vision, leaders that are optimistic and leaders that will make things happen,” Kautz said. “There is a Bible verse that says where there is no vision, the people perish. You must have a vision and good strategic direction.”
Ahh yes, Proverbs 29:18, the often misquoted Bible verse used by individuals wanting to inappropriately leverage religious texts and twist the meaning of the words written there in their favor. Not only did Kautz misuse this particular quote in her favor, she left out the most damning part. What this particular verse actually says is, “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keeps the law, happy is he,” and what it really means is if there is no word from a supreme being the people will no longer follow this supreme being’s laws. Awww, how cute. Not only was Kautz saying 12,379 people were stupid, she was also saying that she is God and they need her prophecy.
Mayor Kautz I suggest not only learning what Proverbs 29:18 really means but also reading and then regularly exercising Proverbs 21:23 as well: “Watch your tongue and keep your mouth shut, and you will stay out of trouble.”