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That Damn “I”

I just listened to a politician again say that is what “I” want for Canadians.

This was while speaking on behalf of our government.

People are diverse, government attempts to, hopefully through discussion and compromise/agreement, lead as a group, not via an individual.

The proper phrase would be what “we” want for Canadians. Maybe if our political leaders would use the “us” in their process and the rhetoric, we might not be (as it seems to be happening) devolve into leader lead cultism

Another part of this type of statement is the for “Canadians” bit – often prefaced by “all”.

I know that our government is for all and in order for a society to work properly, there must be a common law/rule before which we all are equal. I do; however, disagree with a politician intimating that her/his thoughts are mine. I’m enough of a contrarian to, at times, see things a bit differently. The politician may speak for us, he often doesn’t speak for me, there’s a difference.

My neighbours have a saying that is totally appropriate. “Vive la difference”

The Plaidneck

Maybe D.J.T is the right person after all

Who should lead a country?

Probably someone who is knowledgeably, curious, honest, wise and empathetic. Somehow, we don’t seem to get a chance to chose from those people. In most political parties, there have to be many who exhibit these demeanours.

I worked my entire professional career as staff reporting to and taking direction from a council of elected people. Very rarely did any of them not show at least strong evidence of at least three of these traits and leanings toward the other two. I find it difficult to believe that someone, who doesn’t learn, isn’t curious, doesn’t know how others feel or can’t keep stories straight gets selected by people like my bosses to lead a party of peers. Wisdom is a bit rarer, but hopefully there in some form or other.

Why is it that often the crud rather than the cream rises to the top?

I understand different philosophies lead to different choices. This is what we want, but considered differences. The back and forth of “I hear you” “I agree with this but not that” can lead to some very wise decisions.

However, in my view, the current “leader of the Free world” (being from a smaller but proud country, this seems a bit ostentatious) doesn’t exhibit a lot of knowledge, has a low level of curiosity, isn’t honest, lacks empathy and is nowhere near wise. If the result of their 2018 election and his reaction to current crises is any omen, he and his party could receive a major setback this fall.

Why is D.J.T the right person? If the major setback that is expected occurs and is continued “down ballot”, one of the country’s two parties will need a major reconsideration of their ethos. Hopefully the other party (not side as they’re supposed to be on the same side – their country’s) at least examines theirs as well to avoid a major setback when the expected backlash occurs.

All democracies should get back to government of the people, by the people, for the people. Not government of the financial elite by those purchased for the corporations. If a term of D.J.T. causes this reaction, he may have been the right person for country.

The Plaidneck

In Remembrance

I was born a week after what is now called VE Day, so this is from acquired, not direct knowledge

All my uncles served in WW2, one on the farm he ran from 1933 on the others in uniform. Those in uniform were variously posted some seeing what we now like to call “action.” They were humble and quiet about what they did and saw. Honourable people all.

What we most often see in current remembrances of VE Day are cheering celebrating crowds. From what, over probably too much time, I’ve finally learned is that those who were there acted in a very different way. As those close to me know, I listen to CBC a lot. My father (who was in the RCAF medical corps) listened to CBC from my earliest memory. I (with a normal youth’s interspersions of music stations) have listened to CBC since then. CBC, with all the faults you can name still brings Canada to Canadians.

One of their programs on the end of fighting in Europe brought home the mind set of those we tasked to accomplish victory in Europe head on.

The story (with apologies for my lapses in precision) was of an infantry unit. A dispatch rider had just brought the daily message back from HQ. His CO read it, “It’s over” and asked the rider to keep the message quiet until a formal announcement was made. The dispatch rider just sat down. The CO made the announcement. The camp went silent.

When I hear our current leaders’ speeches about such things, I remember this tale of the front line’s reaction.

Words don’t come close to a proper remembrance.

The Plaidneck

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