The Peoples Pander Party. (PPP)
Canadians just love to party! We’ve got Liberals and NDP, Conservatives and Greens, PQ. How about throwing another one on the pile? Let’s call it the Pander Party. It’s really been there all along, just going by aka’s such as Liberal, NDP, Conservative or Green or PQ.
Don’t know who said it but it is a great quote and bears repeating... often: “The difference between a statesman and a politician is that a politician follows public opinion and a statesman creates it.” Witness the great number of polls and you will see evidence of leaderships paralyzed with fear over what the public thinks and demands!
This is why we are in a bit of a conundrum these days.
Someone needs to tell us bluntly: “That’s all there is, there ain’t no more!” I’m reminded of the ad the First National Bank of the United States once ran: “Loans make life easier...at First!” Thousands of politicians all over the world have pandered to the demands of their constituents and, rather than admitting to the lack of resources have resorted to borrowing to appease the demands of an often ravenous public.
Governments should exist merely to govern, surely! Where did the idea ever arise that they should provide daily necessities for us? Isn’t that our job? Shouldn’t each person contribute what she can and barter these goods for those she needs? Of course, there are the disabled and the aged to consider, yet our definition of “disabled” and “aged” has grown so fat that no one can carry him further! He wallows in self-pity, demanding ever more beer, complaining of numerous aches and pains, and always a victim of something or someone! His sins inevitably someone else’s fault.
Witness the not so recent housing crisis on the Attawapskat reserve. When their rec centre was remodelled to accommodate these people, the complaint was raised that it was four kilometers from the main community! If i or you were freezing to death, surely we would find some way to transport ourselves so short a distance to save ourselves. Yet even this, our government shall do for us! And how does the government accomplish these tasks? Through the use of private contractors. Government has no money tree. All it can do is redistribute wealth, wealth which has been created by means of increasing the value of a product or service of some kind, usually through some form of physical/mechanical...wait for it... work!
And the thing that is just a little bit scary is that, when a whole nation refuses to work, and continues demanding its free lunch, governments of the past have resorted to forcing their citizens to … yes... there it is again!...work, and at this point, you don’t have all that much of a “career choice”.
So meet me for a free lunch in front of the Yukon Government building and let’s see about this Pander Party thing. Oops. just kidding, there’s no free lunch after all!