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Suck it up


 

Rick Salutin calls out just about everybody.

Suck it up, Canada: What are we – shoppers or citizens? A portion of each, I suppose. But it’s fatal to confuse the roles, as seems to be happening with all the whinging and whining over “another” election that “nobody” wants…

It’s the snickering and eye-rolling among media opiners that I find most offensive, as if their stance is so sophisticated. In fact, they function as dupes for a rotten status quo, helping to keep power in the hands of those who can afford to pay for it by getting others, like the party bosses, to fulfill their wishes…

If there is a problem with another election, it’s that voting is all we’re ever offered to satisfy our political impulses, and it is a repetitive and intrinsically shallow exercise. But this implies that we should vote for those ready to expand the arena of democratic participation so that we need not shoehorn the entire human political drive into the narrowness of elections.


 

Suck it up

  1. Chris Selley isn't quite sure what to make of Salutin's piece:

    "In The Globe and Mail, Rick Salutin has what may be a first-rate rant — it's certainly a rant of some sort — or what may be absolute tosh, or what may be some combination of the two. We're going to need at least the rest of the day to decide, on account of it's just a bit bewildering. In any case, Salutin welcomes yet another election."

    • If Salutin didn't exist, Chris "If I Can't Have a Career, Why Should They?" Selley would have to invent him.

      Heh.

    • Rick Salutin has had original thoughts in his writing career, so I'm going to go ahead and focus on his actual article rather than Chris Selley's self-indulgent reaction.

  2. He is of course, correct. That citizens of a democracy would whine about casting a ballot is pathetic.

    • Actually Andrew, what I think the citizens object to is our elected officials going to Ottawa and playing games rather than doing the work they were sent there to do.

      On the other hand, I really don't think Mr. Salutin will be all that hot-to-trot about going to the polls when (if? whatever) the voters return a Tory majority.

  3. Hear hear. I recommend party-leader debates on a forum like this one at least annually.

  4. "It's the snickering and eye-rolling among media opiners that I find most offensive, as if their stance is so sophisticated."

    And it's just going to get worse.

  5. Maybe we should just start having annual referendums to determine whether or not we want an election.

  6. Maybe we should just start having annual referendums to determine whether or not we want an election that year.

    • Ever notice that nobody flames you — ever ? Must be your handsome avatar.

      • Hey, being honest does pay off, believe it or not. More people should give it a try.

  7. Rick Salutin is certainly not always right, though in this case he absolutely is. Nevertheless, I am eternally grateful for the thoughtfulness and diversity he adds to the Canadian pundit class.

  8. Finally, some sense….