PolitiCancer - What You Need to Know

What is Politi-Cancer? Sometimes the best way to describe a serious situation is humorously, so here it is: "The Liberal party is like a rich uncle who promises you a trip to Disneyland, then tells you later that he can't afford to take you. The Conservative Party is like an uncle who tells you he has no money to take you to Disneyland, then you find out later that he went without you."
You've probably heard that joke before, told about the Democrats and Republicans in the U.S. The art of politics and the art of the deal are nothing, compared to the art of telling the truth. The only thing more important than moving forward and getting ahead is knowing where we need to go. The only thing better than making Canada, America, or any other country great again is making it noble. Noble again, perhaps, but only if the country was noble to begin with. It's something like reconciliation, which must have started from something that was once conciliated. [To conciliate, for those who weren't sure, means "to bring to agreement."]
Ask indigenous people if our relationship with them has ever been conciliated. Ask them if Canada has ever been noble. Making a country noble means making living in it feel more human, not just better. The difference is that feeling more human is evolution, while feeling better is just change. it can go one way or another, but always comes back to the same old feeling. [which is the feeling of feeling stuff. It's complicated. :)]
Instead of a robust government which changes and evolves with society, we have a robust cancer that is consuming our planet. No, not our planet. The planet. It doesn't belong to anyone. It just belongs here. Better still, make that this planet, because odds are pretty good that there are untold squillions of other planets out there, at least a few of which might support life-forms like us, but none of which we have even the slightest hope of getting anywhere near to, certainly not in time to cure our disease, not even if it was in a specially-modified Tesla Roadster donated by Elon Musk himself, not even given the most advanced technology currently on Earth.
But back to the cancer.
This malignancy, this thing that is destroying us, some others have called "the Beast." We here at the Wikispirit Politi-Cancer clinic like to refer to it as the "eCONomy."
As a global culture we have CONned ouselves right out of our true economy of caring and giving [ - more than just a rat's patootie, that is], and continue conning ourselves, even though we should be old enough to know better, by now. The tragedy is that we get mesmerized by the accounting [in the future, we'll all have learned better how to live in the present,]. We let the numbers - and too often greed - control us. The economy has become the world's largest religion, by far greater than any other, and if we're not worshiping the money itself, then we're serving obeisance to the numbers.
The purpose of a corporation, and indeed any "unincorporated" individual simply working for a living, should be to service a need or needs while remaining finacially viable - not to make as much money as possible at all costs, for themselves and all their descendants, until the end of time! The tragedy is compounded by the fact that words are the best tools we have to confuse and decieve ourselves, as well as each other. Any economy is really just a measure of our attitudes and relationships to each other, and of our values. That's all that the statistics really prove, and the bottom line on that isn't looking very good right now.
The prognosis is not good, but the disease may still be curable. With the pollsters predicting minority governments, we're at a political event-horizon, where anything could happen. So this is the time for people who as a rule don't vote, to break that rule and make use of their potential electoral energy. C'mon, do it. Breaking rules can be fun at the right time and place, can't it?
First, don't worry about the big corporate investors who are whining about uncertainty. They make all that money because they're supposed to be the ones taking the risks, remember? Instead of whining, they should learn to invest in the right things. Besides, nothing is certain. Even the biggest investors know that, at some level of consciousness - although it's true that abusing the economy makes you go blind. It's an infectious blindness, perhaps our most pernicious social disease; an economic cancer. But the people at the very bottom of the social ladder, no, lying on the ground beside it, are the ones who know best that nothing is certain. The social ladder needs to be turned into ploughshares right along with the swords - every last, damned rung of it.
There are only two ways for voters to deal with this malignancy. Either we swallow more and more painkillers as we watch it grow, by voting Liberal or Conservative, no matter how well-meaning their party's candidate or even leader may be, or we arrest the spread of the tumor, by gently informing friends and family who may have shown symptoms of politicancer,such as poor or distorted vision or increasing self-interest, and by voting for a candidate from a party with fewer corporate backers, and more corporeal ones. [For those who don't know the difference, corporeal means "incorporated, or subsumed into a physical body."] Incorporated means it's not. (It's complicated.)
We can vote for candidates from parties with clearer vision and better motivations, or for an independent candidate also with clearer vision and better motivations. Also, checking yourself regularly for tumors of blindness or greed may, on rare occasions, hurt, but it is of utmost importance. The best way to destroy the malgnancy is to spread the cure. In this case, the cure is as simple as possible: communication. (In every other particular case, the cure at least begins with that.) Now is our best chance.
1. How, exactly does an election work?
If you're a bit unclear on how this all works, or what's at issue, don't just vote for "your party," be it any party, traditional or not, mainly because you and your family and all of your friends have always voted that way. Don't vote because the candidate has the same colour skin as you do, or is of the same gender. Yes, you have a right to vote, but you have a responsibility to find out what it's all about. We'll help you as best we can, so keep reading.
2. What's the best strategy for voting strategically?
Are you thinking about strategically voting between Libs and Cons because you're convinced they're the only parties with any chance ever to form a stable government? That's been true until now, and that ugly fact used to be one of the most stable aspects of our government. But it's not so right now, thank goodness. As long as either party is in power, the only way to vote strategically and break their stranglehold on Canadian democracy is to to vote against them both - no matter how decent and personable their candidate, or even their leader, may be. Then stability will be easier maintained through communication and co-operation, rather than confrontation.
Maybe all MPs should be rquired to attend a one-day seminar on non-violent communication.
The leaders of both the Greens and the NDP have long been reported by the CBC to have co-operation as their first priority, and Mr. Trudeau now says he intends to do it too, at least until the votes have all been counted. (Curiously, that very same CBC is now reporting to the contrary. There's fake news there, somewhere.)
Even the freshly-former prime-minister is now desperate and spinning faster than a CBC senior editor at election time. [To be fair, I don't listen to commercial radio, and the only TV channels my top-of-the-line digital antenna will pull in where i live is CTV., whose senior editors appear just as biased. That's thanks to the CRTC - and Stephen Harper, too. I used to get four. Now I can get 400 or more, but I'd have to pay someone else, big money for an austere senior, even for the extra three I used to get for free. I don't need 25 channels of mostly crime-time TV, nor do I have the time or the money for 400.]
Justin is telling classic half-truths like, "If you want a progressive country, you need a progressive government."
What's your point, Justin? Wouldn't a government by a coalition of progressive parties be at least as progressive as a government by a single progressive party? Isn't the function of a democracy, to satisfy as many special interests of all parties as possible? And if it is, why wouldn't a progressive coalition be much more progressive than a party that pulls all the strings of power on its own for four years?
The old-line parties' will tell you that their special interest is in the well-being of Canada. That's a load of bulldangle. The well-being of Canada may be their primary interest, but not their special interest. The well-being of Canada is obviously every Canadian's special interest, so we don't need an all-powerful party to rule over us for four years to impose their own version of it, we just need to make democracy work again. Then, as each party's concern is resolved, that party is over, and it's time for the guests to start leaving. Those rowdy revellers who insist on staying and trashing things must be sent home. They must not be allowed to go on to control the whole govening body. That would indicate that the cancer has spread to the part of the brain that processes logic.
3. What's the point in voting, when the whole system is collapsing and we'll all be dead in ten or twenty years, anyway?
That's just wrong in so many ways. Maybe the system is failing, and very close to collapse, but it takes much longer for a big system to collapse than it does for an average-sized person, and there's still time to turn our ship-of-state around. Yes, it takes time to turn a big ship around, but it's always better than sinking and drowning.

Add new comment

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.