I promise this will be my only rant/article on elections but I can’t seem to help myself when it comes to this topic. I’m tired of being ‘a loser’ when it comes to our election process and what it has become.
I watched the ‘debate’ the other night, featuring the ‘three blind mice’, with a growing sense of loss. What I was losing was my precious time wondering when and if any of these candidates were going to get to the point of having this get together in the first place. As happens when considering a ‘debate of the issues’ it quickly degenerated into character assassination and trying to convince the viewer that a vote for them is a vote for the lesser of the three evils in front of them. Go figure. Instead of focusing on what they will do that is better or more reasonable for the electorate in clear, concise and understandable language we get excuses, condemnation and double talk. Mr. Hudak and Ms. Horwath ganged up on Ms. Wynne and Ms. Wynne tried to ignore the other two. What a train wreck. I found Mr. Hudak disingenuous, Ms. Wynne overwhelmed and ill prepared and Ms. Horwath lost in the middle somewhere trying to figure out how to salvage some semblance of political dignity. Quite an endorsement for why they should be given the reigns of power. Regardless, we are going to end up with one of these beacons of leadership and we’ll be stuck for another 3-4 years.
It seems to me that leaders and parties have been moving away from what their duties and responsibilities are regarding their ’employers’. That’s us by the way. They work for us not the other way around. When was the last time your representative, be they municipal, provincial or federal employees, came to your door and asked your opinion on anything? Too busy they say. Doing what I ask? That’s like saying to your employer that you can’t come into the office to talk about business because you have other ‘things’ more important to do.
So here is what I think we should do before it’s too late and we have no power left as an electorate:
1. In California they have a law on the books that allows the voters to impeach a governor for ‘misconduct’ and other stuff. We need to be able to hold our representatives accountable for their actions and not have to wait for 1 or 2 or 3 years down the road to do that at the ballot box. We should be able to toss someone out on their backside when they mess up. This is what it is like in the real working world and we are always being told how we must pay our public officials a competitive rate of pay if we want to attract the best or most qualified to work in the public sector. If that’s true then our public officials need to be held to the same standards and experience the same consequences as those in the private sector. If a candidate for public office, whether that is for the position of Prime Minister or Premier of a province or the mayor of a city or town stands up in front of a group of voters and says ‘if I am elected I will do . . . ” and within the first one hundred days in office has not moved to make good on his campaign promise(s) he can be impeached. We need to be able to throw his/her ass out where it belongs. We need to hold him/her accountable and with no ‘severance’ package–no golden hand shake–just gone. I truly believe that we would force those running to be more open, honest and careful about what they promise.
2. When they promise to do ‘this’ or give us ‘that’ they should have to describe exactly how and when they will make that happen. They need to state clearly where the money is coming from, what, if anything, will be eliminated or cut and when it will happen.
3. Attack ads should not be allowed once the campaign starts. I truly want to be informed about what someone is going to do for me that the other folks are not ready to do. One candidate should not be allowed to disparage another or attack their credibility. Let the voters determine the value of a candidates credentials–that’s our job. If statements are made concerning another candidate’s behaviour they had better be backed up by incontrovertible evidence. If they cannot be proven to be true then the uttering candidate would be out of the election. Enough of innuendo, false truths and out of context statements. Enough trying to discredit the other guy to make yourself look better. Besides when you do that you just look and sound like an idiot who cannot win by any other means.
The gist of it for me is this: I am tired of being used by insincere candidates who are looking for a great pension while the rest of us work our backsides off to put a bit away for a rainy day just to have it squandered away by some greedy or dim witted politician.
I’m tired of being lied to and taken for granted or worse–taken for an ‘idiot’ who isn’t supposed to know any better.
I’m tired of being treated as a second class citizen in a first class country and having my rights eroded by some jackass who feels that political correctness is a sign of compassion and understanding. I agree it used to have a purpose. Now it has become a tool to gain favour with a particular group or to get re-elected.
I’m tired of feeling like a ‘loser.’
That’s how I see it, Anyway
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All the best, Jim