Last week I wrote about our Mayor’s taxpayer paid for shameless electioneering self-promotion in his Mayor’s Corner section of our monthly municipal newsletter in the following blog post.
Now this week Joni McFarlane of the Crowsnest Promoter has done an editorial on this very same subject in this week’s edition of her newspaper. You can read that here.
Every kid in school aspires to be like their role models in whatever field one can think of while at the same time trying to emulate them in the hope of being just like them down the road. We all know this. In fact, it is instilled in us throughout our lives through our educational systems, TV, magazines, books, etc., etc. Pray tell then, what kind of future ‘monsters’ in the political leadership field are we creating today when what they see versus what they are taught is so contradictory? Dirty politics, smear campaigns, bullying, philosophies of “the ends justify the means”, or “do as I say, not as I do” are as common today as rain in April and May?
This week we have a Mayor in Toronto being accused of hanging with dope dealers and smoking crack cocaine with them and a Prime Minister on the spot for avarice and backroom deals within his inner party circle. Here at home we have a mayor who stoops to using public monies for his own crass political electioneering purposes while like the other two just mentioned is so guilt-ridden and afraid of the people that he refuses to meet with them. Unlike the president of the U.S. who is under fire for his own scandals but yet still meets with the press to answer questions people in his country demand answers to. What a contrast between our country and theirs, and our leadership and theirs.
Once we were all proud to be Canadians, sadly that day has long passed it seems.
Hypocritical, cowardly leadership by gutless wonders who openly preach one thing while getting caught doing another is the example these people are setting for our children, while at the same time shaming us adults who know better, and have come to expect so much more from leaders we have entrusted with positions of power and authority.
The real sadness here is that once they’re in you pretty much can’t do anything to get them out. Public shame and ridicule runs off them like water off a ducks back. It seems these honourable people have no honour at all. They flaunt and laugh at us feeling no obligation to account for themselves and explaining away their misdeeds. “The country had fallen into a state of moral putrefaction, with corruption running rampant throughout the government ranks.” No truer words were ever spoken to explain away our present malaise in this great nation we call Canada, whose proud people still believe themselves to be as pure as the winter snow. If only…
Oh, how I wish we could take back our country again and instill it with true leaders who we could all be proud of again. But for that to happen we must overhaul our system and institutions to make them more accountable to the people. But first, we must do like Jesus before us and remove GREED and sinfulness by ejecting the money changers (corporations) from our temples (parliament/legislatures/city halls). We must collectively take a broom and cleanse our house of the vermin that reside there, and then we can purify ourselves and start again, having a solid foundation to build from.
As a realist, I say, fat chance anything I have just said is going to happen anytime soon. But one must still hope and dream, otherwise the insanity of it all will drive us mad. It has been said, “We are all born mad. Some remain so.” I guess that means we all have a choice in the matter. Do we do something about our sorry lot to change things for the better, or don’t we?
We have to realize that playing within the system is not going to work, some revolution is needed to bring evolution in the system.