Politics these days just brings out the inner monkey in people. You pick any issue and I guarantee that there will be Liberals and Conservatives there throwing shit at each other.
But after a while, you just get tired of watching the shuffle. Really sick and tired.
I long ago tuned out the Gomery inquiry. I don’t watch it. I don’t read about it. I don’t talk about it. I hate hearing about it. I hate it so much because it has evolved from a simple corruption inquiry (don’t make that face) into this hysterical thing that every politician, journalist and blogger alike must somehow find a way to advance his politics with. They should have made it secret until it was over, so the process would at least retain some dignity.
Oh, but what about transparency? Fuck that. Where in the Constitution does it say you have a right to watch a inquiry as it happens on the television? If I was Gomery, and I knew that my fellow Canadians were going to get inundated with this puerile shit day after day, I would have held the entire inquiry behind closed doors at the bottom of a Sudbury mine shaft. Anything to avoid the endless nightly wittering of every news anchor in the country about it. Oh, and the blogs. Don’t even get me started on the inane blogging.
Oh, but the Liberals are like soooo corrupt. Yeah, they are as crooked as they come. Are there still people left who have deluded themselves into thinking that a Western government operates on it’s integrity? To politicians integrity is marketing, pure and simple. Who really thinks the New Conservative Party would have done any better? The old Conservatives? The NDP? Oh please!
And I have to say, the Canadian Right (I mean, what else do you call it?) just has an absolute army of people blogging for it, all linking to each other’s blogs, all writing the same kinds of things, all yelling out their message to the world: We have to bring down those Liberals down ’cause they’re all crooks and dopesmoking hippies oughta be in jail and we’ll die before fags get the bells on our watch! We are told that North American Missile defence will work and we’ll have the aircraft carriers to back it all up, just you watch! And the New Conservatives wonder why people don’t want to vote for them either.
See! Look at this, a half-dozen paragraphs and I’m already ranting like a monkey in a shitfight. This is what poli-blogging will do to you, folks. Madness sugar-coated with a bit of reason. Reaction only, no depth, and it solves absolutely nothing. Shit, now I feel lower for even writing this.
Focusing on the issue and less on the resolution does exactly this to any group of people. In the end, it always turns into name-calling and shouting. Way more dangerous any crooked former Prime Minister, it is the “us” versus “them” reaction that has turned America into the basket case that it is, and it will happen to us too if we are not careful. Methinks it is time for everyone involved to enjoy a big cup of shut-the-fuck-up so those checks and balances that everyone is so fond of going on about can actually get on with it.