To: _ Second City Supers
Subject: Debriefing for 3/19/12
First of all, I would like to congratulate everyone on a much improved effort in this week’s combat operations. While we might have benefited from some further tactical coordination, I believe that we approached the situation as a unified front, and though we each operated independently, we did so with a singular goal, and common methodology. Let’s keep on that path. I believe that the next major step we need to take as a Team is to find some means of transport, such that we can all be in specific desired locations at specific desired times, especially in combat situations. Dark, I’ve noted your teleportation abilities as a potential option. I hope everyone will be forthcoming with suggestions.
Secondly, while we were more successful in combat, I have to say that our television appearance was nothing short of a debacle. We came off, by turns, as incompetent, fractious, elitist, and potentially dangerous. Don’t believe me? Check Twitter. I don’t blame any of you for this; frankly, at least one member of the Mayor’s PR team should be out of a job for scheduling a public appearance on such short notice, with no formal preparation. However, we need to do everything we can to ensure this doesn’t happen again.
To that end, there is a specific issue that I think we need to address as a Team. Immediately.
When, you and I have not gotten off to a good start. You clearly come from a different background than I do, and it’s fairly obvious that we view the world differently. I have no problem with that. However, I don’t understand your need to attack me, repeatedly and without provocation, on national television. You have evidently made radical assumptions about me which have no basis in fact. I marvel that you can claim so comprehensive a knowledge of my character and intentions when we have scarcely spent an hour in each other’s company.
Now, you don’t trust the government. I work for the government. Ergo, you don’t trust me. Fine. I might be able to go with that, but for the blatant logical inconsistency of it. For you see, my dear, you also work for the government. You signed up for this little venture. And currently, I find myself utterly nonplussed as to why. It is as you said: you probably could have carried on the vigilante gig with little fear of interference or apprehension. But you didn’t. You became a Second City Super for some reason, and I’m betting that the reason is that you know it’s a good program. We have put ourselves in a position to protect, to serve, to inspire, and to lead. So it doesn’t make a lot of sense to me when you decide to publicly shit all over your own hard work and reputation. You tried to make me look like a conniving swindler, but do you honestly think that makes you look better? You have cast your lot with me, When. Our fates are the same. You can’t say “fuck the system” when you work for the system. Cuz then, When baby, you’re just fucking yourself.
If any of you think I’m off base, if you disagree with what I’m saying, please say so. But let’s get this hashed out, and determine together what face we want to put forward so that we create an image that people can admire, and emulate. I don’t expect us to be BFFs. I do expect us to be a Team. I do expect us to make this program work. I do expect us to make Chicago a better place.
Let’s get on it.