Stephen Marche, writing in the NY TIMES, had this to say about Canada, Harper and the upcoming election. I couldn’t agree more.
And…it makes me think…………hmmmmmmmmmm………….
The way Marche writes, he implies that Harper is a bit ‘mental’. And, of course, I agree with that, too. But, if that is true, how did a nut-case get to be PM and keep the job for so long? Doesn’t that mean that either Harper is NOT mental and I (and Marche et al) am wrong? Or, maybe Harper became mentally ill AFTER the fact and maybe BECAUSE of the job?
Or could it possibly be that the job REQUIRES a person be a nut? Certainly we believe that most politicians are narcissists and that is considered a bit crazy depending on the severity. We also believe politicians are controlling (indeed, that is why we have the government in the first place) and ‘controlling’ can be dysfunctional depending on the severity, too. And, so it goes. We seek people (and they seek us) for essentially a dysfunctional relationship. How whacked is that?
“So, Dave, what is your stupid point this time?”
I guess I am asking the question: Do we really need politicians at all?
We need administrators. We need accountants. And we need bureaucratic managers, to be sure. Maybe we even need a good-looking spokes-model now and again….(there has to be a use for pretty young people who can talk silliness while smiling widely and grinning intensely besides ventriliquism and general good humour). But do we need politicians who, for the most part, just bring partisanship to the equation? They basically bring only bias. They bring ‘personal’ and ‘party’ agendas to what is otherwise just a big institution that manages and redistributes our taxes in accordance with the constitution. Couldn’t anyone with a 3-digit IQ and a high standard of ethics do that?
Couldn’t the philosophical input that changing conditions require be submitted by social media? I mean – do we need MPs at all when we can vote directly on issues within minutes?
For example: SHELL has just been given permission to drill for oil off the coast of Nova Scotia. Why not? Doesn’t every coast deserve an oily sheen and black-slick marine life? That is all bad enough but Shell managed to write into their contract that – should a drilled oil well go awry – they will not have any obligation to ‘cap’ the runaway well for 21 days. That’s right – they have to get it capped but they have 21 days for it to spew poison first.
So, I signed a petition to influence the ‘deal-makers’ to rescind that provision and make them act quicker. In real life, they will likely do as they please – they always do – and our sole remedy will be a fine that they pay by charging us more at the pump. But my point is: aren’t I and all the other 50,000 signers expressing our democratic rights directly in that instance? Couldn’t I do that on every issue? Aren’t I doing that better than any MP?
My MP is John Duncan. He is an idiot and a waster of taxpayer’s dollars. He retains a limo driver to such an extent that the driver racked up in overtime (last year) the equivalent of the average Canadian wage. IN OVERTIME! The limo driver was required to wait in the car while John dined and partied and did what he did best (which was nothing). The guy made his govt. salary as a limo driver to the elite of this country (I am guessing at least $60K) and then made almost the same amount again in overtime!
Do you think John Duncan read that Shell contract? Do you think John Duncan reads anything? John Duncan is the ‘mouthpiece’ for Harper when Harper is away. John does what Steve tells him. He does nothing more. He does nothing less. He is a mannequin. He doesn’t stand up for his constituency. He does not stand up for the fishing industry, the coast guard, the health system, education, veterans or any other issue that our area voters may hold dear. He keeps to the script and he eats in restaurants while his limo driver makes out like a banker.
Isn’t a web-based, social media, petition directly speaking my opinions of more use to me than John Duncan? Is it not quicker? Is it not more effective if 50,000 others sign with me than John eating lobster with some oil baron even if he went to so far as to do that?
Canada is wondering if we need the senate at all. Many are calling for the abolition of the upper house. And, I agree. But I may go a step further…. why not get rid of them all? Replace them with SUM of US or LEADNOW or the whole roster of petition drafters. Let the people speak directly to the issues and let us cut out the middle-meddle-muddle-fuddle men!
I admit that the above is a radical thought and not likely to gain any immediate traction but, really, isn’t it heading that way? Eventually?