Councilor Morris Madrid spoke long and eloquently at the city council meeting. He was compelled to leave as much unsaid.
It would have been the perfect moment to recall Donald Rumsfeld’s famous quote: “There are known knowns. These are things that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don’t know we don’t know.”
There will be clarity when the unknowns are known. Actions taken in an open public forum are less a threat to democracy than actions taken behind closed doors.