"Cowardice asks the question...is it safe? Expediency asks the question...is it politic? Vanity asks the question...is it popular? But conscience asks the question...is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but one must take it because it is right." ~Dr. Martin Luther King

Friday 8 November 2013

Repeating and Talking about

I published  Councillor Gord  Perkins  ruminations about poitics becuse  obviously it echoes what I said in the previous post.

Not that there's  anything new or original in the concept.

We have had plenty of examples in recent years of demands that somebody or other be unseated for this reason or that.

Closest to home was that Belinda Stronach be replaced because  she wa elected Conservative and crossed the floor to join the Liberals.  

We needn't fear interference in the people's right to choose.

I wrote the post because of Andrew Coyne's suggestion in response to a prompt from Peter Mansbridge, there should be a mechanism to undo an election .

Mansbridge and Coyne have influence.Thank Goodness for Chantel.

I don't echo Gord Perkins ideas about how people's reactions to government have to change.

I  don't echo his view Rob Ford is  a racist and homophobic.

I know nothing to support the statement. He offers nothing to prove it.

So Ford denies things

Oh my Lord, do we not see people twist themselves into pretzels to stay on the right side ---Even while they must know they can't get away with it.

 What is the  rational explanation?

There is none.

Nigel Wright said he wrote a cheque from personal resources to  reimburse the government for Mike Duffy's claimed expenses.

I don't believe it.

Neither do I believe the Prime Minister who says he knew nothing of it.

Stephen Harper invites us to picture him smoking pot like Justin Trudeau.

No  we can't.  It's the last thing we can picture.

Does that make him a better person. Ot more human.   I  don't think so.

It doesn't do much for Justin either but we're not talking about him.

Gord Perkins criticizes Ford for criticizing past Councils.  Does that mean Councils past were above criticism?

How many times have I referred to Toronto's salacious computer scandal? Many had to have been aware but it continued for months.

It resulted in  Provincial legislation to guarantee integrity against  corruption and we know how that turned out.

Perkins refers to "good government " and  how  Ford exploited public anger with low level accusations.

Well now, not much respect there for the public's ability to form their own judgement.

His sanctimonious  homily about how citizens should conduct themselves is  a tad nauseating

If  a person is not ready to listen.----- if he doesn't accept people the  way  they are,----that's like a marriage destined for divorceafter a whole lot of misery has flowed under the bridge.

Politics is  the art of compromise-----the art of  the possible---- the second oldest profession----

Whatever it is -----it is not like any other enterprise.

Can it be described-----No----it can only be experienced.

If you don't like it ---you don't enjoy it----if small victories are not enough ---- if  just being where your voice can be heard ------- is not  sufficient.--------the opportunity is void.

If someone throws your foibles  back at you and you can't laugh because you know they're true ---
politics is not for you.

It's the people's business------- people as they are and not how you would like them to be.


Anonymous said...

"I don't echo his opinion that Rob Ford is a racist and homophobic. I know nothing to support that statement. He offers nothing to prove it."

Did you miss the reports of what was said in the first video? The terms used to describe his high school football players and Justin Trudeau?

Anonymous said...

We sure are getting more than our fair share of politics these days. Certainly the Star s a prime mover behind much of the gossipy, he said/she said stuff but it isn't doing them any good on the bottom line. Which is where it counts.
Same with the Twitter stock sale - prices went through the roof but they still don't know how to make money from the thing.

Anonymous said...

Toronto voted for the guy. Aurorans did not. It is not our place to tell others how to run their business. We sometimes make a real hash of things right here.

Anonymous said...

Toronto voted for the guy. Aurorans did not. It is not our place to tell others how to run their business. We sometimes make a real hash of things right here.

Anonymous said...

It isn't as if TO has had a string of stellar mayors.

Anonymous said...

Oh, dear ! Someone has erected a huge sign supporting Mayor Ford. And there is a typo in it !

Anonymous said...

This is like waiting for yet another shoe to fall.

Historian said...

If Ford's denials equates to lying
What does that say about Federal Liberals that either denied or couldn't recall anything during the Adscam Gomery Commission Paul Martin included

Anonymous said...

I've been mulling this for a while
Which came first ?
The Star's attacks on Mayor Ford because he was not the person they wanted for Mayor
His problems with substance abuse

Anonymous said...

Cleaning up your old twitters ?

Anonymous said...

@ 16:40

A: Nothing

(For "Historian" read "propagandist")

It Happens on Occasion said...

No, 18:18. You're obviously confusing me with someone else.

Anonymous said...

That's so old. Mr Martin took the heat for that & ordered an inquiry. Unlike the current PM who is not about to own his own mess. Just saying

Anonymous said...

It looks like Nigel not only wrote that cheque but 2 lawyers from the PMO were on board to advise Senator Duffy how to deal with the press inquiries. This is very odd as when the RCMP asked the office of the Prime Minister for any papers related to the dealings with Senator Duffy, they replied that there were none. Curiouser & curiouser. Obviously Senator Duffy retained all the paperwork.

Historian said...

Partially correct
Martin ordered the inquiry but when HE testified he couldn't remember anything
Just pointing out that nothing has changed in Ottawa other than our tax dollars aren't going out the door to political cronies as they did under the Liberals

Historian said...

A propagandist I am not
I dislike all politicians equally
But find the Liberals because of media coverage getting an easier ride
hence my attempts to fillin the gaps
There is soo much out there on the Tories what could I add?