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The plight of politics


 

Elsie Hambrook makes the case that we should cease with the cheap politician jokes.

A few days ago, in a rousing speech at the women’s conference that accompanied the Congrès mondial acadien, former Minister of Labour Claudette Bradshaw made a comment that made me think. She said if we want to help get more women into politics, one thing we need to do is to stop bad-mouthing politicians in front of our children.

Most everyone freely and openly dumps on politicians. If politicians were an identifiable group, they would be said to be “persecuted.” I hear some of you saying, it’s not persecution if they deserve it. But is this really true?


 

The plight of politics

  1. The real problem with political jokes… is that sooner or later they get elected.

  2. I am not a big fan of arguments that say we are not deferential enough to pols or anyone else for that matter. Pols get about as much respect as they deserve.

    I thought anecdote about sending reporter to see how hard MP worked was hilarious. I think reporters are one of the few professions who work less hard than our pols do.

    • Both of those statements show your profound lack of knowledge on the subject. There are definitely lazy journalists and lazy politicians, but in my opinion and experience, both groups are generally full of hard-working, well-intentioned people. Also, deference is not equal to respect.

    • "I am not a big fan of arguments that say we are not deferential enough to pols or anyone else for that matter. Pols get about as much respect as they deserve."

      You could make an argument that they receive too much.

      Anyone see this:

      How many hypocritical Republicans can dance on the head of a sex scandal?

      http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/


      Such 'scandal' is merely SOP for Washington, sex and sleaze and hooking up pretty much the name of the game no matter your gender or party affiliation; politicos nailing lobbyists, senators nailing interns, aides nailing publicists, the corridors of power from the mayor's office all the way up to the Big House simply reeking with used condoms and grainy hidden videos and a thousand tubby Mike Duvalls spanking a thousand gold-digging lobbyists who have, it must be said, rather repulsive taste in men.

      To imagine Washington as somehow slightly more pure or principled than, say, your average Midwestern frat house during Beer Bong Week is not merely naive, it's downright ignorant.

  3. One of the things I respected Dalton McGuinty for the most was when Mike Harris retired, he stood up in the house and acknoweldged his appreciation for the efforts and sacrifices made by Harris to hold public office. Lots to hate about Mike Harris for sure; but McGuinty was right, Harris did what he thought was right and he did his best.

    There are far too many of us who are so hard on politicians, yet whose names will likely never appear on a ballot.

    I can only imagine how unpleastant it would be if on any given day, millions of people were writing/talking/blogging/posting about how stupid they think I am or what a crappy job they think I'm doing.

  4. As a great example – CBC is running an ad several times an hour referring to the return of Parliament as a "playground".

  5. Tell you what, if the pols stop acting like arrogant snots we'll stop treating them as such.

  6. I agree with YYZ, on two respects. That although the results of politics are important and it is reasonable to be passionate about them… that in the vast majority of cases the pols really do have the best interests of the country at heart.

    That said, the politicans do themselves no favours, they lack respect for each other and show it in a regular fashion. The overt way this is shown is with cheap shots. The more subtle and perhaps more damaging is when the gamesmanship in politics crosses the line into a lack of respect for process.

  7. I'm pretty sure I read that column a week ago. Whassup?