Definition: Corruption does not require consciousness. It can occur unconsciously and, in fact, much of what is described further herein is that kind of corruption. Corrupt and evil are, however, synonymous – they go together. “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
Let us put aside for a minute the incredible expense of trying Duffy for illegal behaviour regarding his expenses while sitting in the senate. The ‘investigation, the prosecution, the RCMP, the trial itself. Let us put that aside but NOT forget it, because that is as much a crime – if not more than – the ones (thirty plus charges) Duffy is accused of and that is the point of this blog. We are focusing on the wrong thing!
But, of course, that is the intent of this prosecution, isn’t it? It is misdirection by design. It is by political design and by the design of those who play the game to cooperate in this fiasco so as to divert our attention to the picayune, the sordid (and especially the salacious) whenever possible. That sleight of political hand is aided and abetted by the media and the legal system (consciously or unconsciously). They are all co-conspirators in a morally corrupt system.
We all know the media lies, exaggerates and carries bias. Plus it focuses on what it deems entertaining rather than revealing truth. But THAT is not news. And we have a legal system that is not only slow and stupid but unfair and expensive as hell. The ‘legal’ system is a giant racket! It is NOT about truth. It is NOT about justice. It is NOT about fairness. It IS about a privileged and powerful group making bundles off of the tax payer while protecting the system they all enjoy. It is the heart of corruption. The politicians are the brains. The media is the hands and mouth.
But little of that is news and, once again, I digress. So, back to Duffy….
Basically, he is accused of doing to excess what all the politicians (except a notable few) do. He is also accused of doing all that gorging and wallowing where he shouldn’t have – while politicking for the Conservative party and pretending to represent PEI. Duffy is a spoiled brat and we are gonna spank him for it. He cost the tax-payer in champagne and caviar say, $10X dollars where the ‘rules’ state that he should only have charged $2X dollars. And it will cost us $100X to prove it. That public servants should NOT be indulging in champagne and caviar is never even questioned. The system design is working.
But was Duffy conscious of his corruption? Was Wallin? Was Marie Antoinette? Or were they (more likely) products of the system?
Another example: Deputy Prime Minister John Duncan’s limo driver made more in overtime than does the average Canadian earn in a regular salary. Why? Because he sat in the car awaiting a beckon while Duncan had fancy meals in restaurants doing God-knows-what. Duncan is not accused of anything. Duncan is not on trial. And we know Duncan is not alone in his habits. He, too, is a believer in the system.
Good system design. For corruption!
But here’s where the system really shines: it is in the political interests of the politicians to find, isolate and prosecute the odd miscreant now and then so that the focus of so-called justice is on the details of the the naughty one and not on the system itself. Put bluntly, it is like attacking one germ in an abscess, one criminal in a prison, one chicken in a rotting, stinking chicken factory. Prosecuting Duffy, who played prominently in the system, and not looking at the system that put him there, is a waste of time and resources.
Duffy(Wallin, Harper, Brazeau, Clark, Campbell et al) didn’t get to where (they) he is by walking in off the street and making a job application! They didn’t get to where they are by working hard and doing the right thing! They didn’t get there by serving the public! They got there because they were picked by a corrupt system that saw them as keen and willing servants of the system itself.
Bottom line: If the system is not also on trial, we are wasting our time.