Essential Knowledge Needed to Grow a Democracy part 14
Power is a Drug – To the Self Deceived
In the words of Lord Acton “Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely”. Power is a drug to those in power, so it is a must that the People guard themselves against politicians. That is why it is imperative that the People struggle to get checks and balances in the political system, that allows us the mechanism to put politicians back in their place. The fact is, the power that politicians wield is actually the Peoples’ power. The theory is that we each give away a portion of our power to our politicians so they can enact our will into laws, so we can continue in our needs to provide a living, and pursue happiness.
Our Canadian form of government is terrible. Political accountability is a laugh, every 4th or 5th year. We need a system of Direct Democracy to provide the checks and balance to keep the bleep, bleeps honest. Without accountability there is no democracy.
Herein is the secret. Our politicians, the garden variety without portfolio, live in a real weird head space, that becomes a rock and a hard place for them, and at the same time a place of their compromising the Peoples’ democratic rights. The guy, or gal that represents you or I has no real power, and I would argue that even the MP’s or MPP’s in a cabinet post has little real power. ” According to Harper, “most MPs are bit players in today’s parliamentary system, with the average backbencher merely acting as… a local sales representative for his/her political party on the big issues.”. http://sixthestate.net/?p=1564
And Harper acts out his low opinion on his own party sales representatives. The StarPhoenix, on January 30, 2012 stated that Saskatoon-Humboldt Conservative MP Brad Trost is questioning the “ironclad” party discipline that prevails in Ottawa, saying it stifles debate and prevents independent thinking. http://www.thestarphoenix.com/news/Trost+questions+iron+clad+party+discipline/6074831/story.html Trudeau said that our representatives are no bodies when they have left the Parliament Building, so it doesn’t appear to matter what party you come from.
That rock in a hard place is a rough place for the mental health of our representatives. They tell the electors what they can do for us, and that they are there in Ottawa to make decisions for us, but inside them, inside their heads they must know it’s a lie. As scary as it is knowing that our politician are so quick to lie to us, it scares me more to think that they live in this place of mental dilution and are absolutely unaware of the reality they are little more than puppets to leaders and leaders are puppets to the 1% powers-that-be.
Any power given by the People to enact our common affairs is taken up to the leader level. The garden variety of representative are told to stay on script if they say anything. During any vote they are told what to vote, and are disciplined if they vote against party line, in other words, whatever the lead says. Meanwhile they put on a pretense of having power, to you so that you will vote for them next election.
If they were honest, and they told us they have no power the gig would be up and the People would know how severely flawed our system of government was. There is also the issue of our members flouting this idea of them having power as a pretense for prestige. What a mess it must be in their heads.
So here we are. We stand at this place of their delusion, and our power once again in their hands. So we, the people must take control of the reality. The only thing of hope I can extend is that this provides the public with a view of the politician’s Achilles heel. Politicians want to get re- elected and pressure from the public might come to bear in getting the member to get back in our control. This will not come by politeness and asking our politicians to represent us. Forget being Canadians and our politeness; taking our power back will only come if we become very well versed on true democracy and then get right in there faces with constant and unbearable pressure on them. If they crack and leave office, there is the opportunity for a new generation of power relationship. What; you think that power transfers are reserved for Arab nations. It will happen when we realize what the politicians are doing and we are sick of it. I for one am sick of it. Let them deceive themselves; I want them out and and I want real Democracy.