The Stockholm Syndrome is a psychological phenomenon in which hostages exhibit irrational empathy, sympathy and positive feelings toward their captors, sometimes to the point of defending them, or apologizing to them. In other words, crime victims are in a state of denial about who the bad guy is, and eventually they take the side of the criminals who control their lives and threaten to kill them. To the outside observer, it would appear the citizens of the City of Richardson have become captives to the junta at City Hall and, from all indications, the town suffers tremendously from this disorder.
The people of Richardson desire to live by fundamental principles based on high moral values. Although the people strive to instil this basic precept in those who serve the community, the citizenry too often fails to realize the benefit of open and honest dealings when curiosity arises about how the business of the public gets conducted.
The convenience of the City Council's code of silence and routinely holding meetings closed to the public ("Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage." ~Jonathan Gruber) results in much of what happens behind closed doors to be revealed well after the impact is realized. Far too many obvious decisions have been made without the benefit of public input. Then it is too late.
Adressing the Allan P. Kirby, Jr. Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship in Washington, D.C., Philip Hamburger, Maurice and Hilda Friedman Professor of Law at Colubia Law School delivered a lecture as part of the AWC Family Foundation Lecture Series at Hillsdale College entitled, "The History & Danger of Administrative Law". The observations and conclusions cited in this lecture could not any more accurately describe the enviornment that has evolved into the social structure that defines the culture among public servants and political power brokers in the City of Richardson.