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When did Democracy become
nothing more than catering to the needs of Special Interests? Like when did our
Politicians stop worrying about what we thought, and began to only be concerned about
which Special Interest Group had the most
Right now, it just seems
like there are ĎSpecial Interest Groupsí for
everything under the sun. You have the ĎTobacco Lobby, Oil Lobby, Chamber of
Commerce, Agriculture Lobby, Hi Tech Lobby, Airline Industry Lobbyí and on and on
it goes, but when did we, the Voters, allow this to happen? Is it a natural
progression of Democracy, or is it perhaps that we have made Elections too expensive?
Have our own needs forced
these groups to compete and thus take power out of our control?
Everyone wants to be
heard it seems, but the one group that matters the most.
Frankly I donít
understand it anymore. This drive for corporate profits has gone far beyond simply
wanting to be rich, or to have nice things. It has gone to the point where ethics,
morality are all left far behind, and the only thing that matters is the amount of
wealth one can accumulate. Now donít get me wrong, Iíd like to have some of those
But at what cost?
I mean look at
advertising today. We are bombarded with new and improved this and that, but are
they? Is there any truth in advertising anymore, or has that gone by the wayside as
well. Used to be, that when a company made a claim, they had to back it up.
Government agencies insisted on it, and investigated the claims without the need for
consumer complaints. Yet today no such thing exists. Advertisers seem to claim
anything they want, and so what if it isnít true, not like there is a Government
agency that is going to fine them or make them take the product off the shelves.
So we have Truth gone
from advertising. And I can hear it now where some will say oh but some of it is
true. Yeah, well half a truth is still a lie. Truth is just that, true. You can bitch
that one and one should be three or four, but the simple truth is that one and one
makes two. You canít equivocate on that, it is a simple fact, a truth.
What is the truth about
Tide Laundry detergent? Does it indeed make clothes whiter and brighter? If so,
compared to what? Old Tide, or all the other cleaning agents?
How about simple labels
that tell you where a product comes from? I mean how hard is it to expect that we are
told where something is made? Yet the Cattle Industry Lobby has worked hard to alter
the meaning of ĎProduct of the
The current law, says
that cattle born, raised, slaughtered, and processed in the USA can be Labeled as USA
BEEF, yet the industry wants to label cattle born in Canada, slaughtered in
Mexico and shipped to the USA, where fat content is added, to also carry that
designation. Like what part is
How does that benefit you and me?
Isnít the role of
Government supposed to be to govern, to insure that laws are fair and applied equally
to all citizens? Isnít it the role of Government to provide safe food and drugs and
goods for our consumption, through setting of standards? So how does watering down
those standards to the point where they are a danger to our health, our very lives
even, meet that criteria?
Drug companies are forced
to tell us about possible side effects, but do they? Oh sure, you hear a list of
possible but rare side effects, yet look at the whole mess with Avandia. Reports
showing it posed a danger are held by the Government Agency for years, before any
warning is issued.
How does that protect us?
As more goods are
imported into our countries, agencies are being cut. Labs that test the safety of
products, of goods, are closed down, and we turn to private industry to monitor its
own products. Like that works really good. Take the presence of lead in so many
children toys and outfits. The recalls keep mounting, but is it because the company
finds the levels or is it because concerned citizens do?
Mattel with over 18
million toy recalls just in the month of July/August 2007 and you have to
wonder, how many slipped through before then? Worse, as more and more cheap toys are
Yet the toy lobby, the
manufacturing lobby all proclaim we need more free trade. Government leaders meet in
secret with big business to discuss easing trade restrictions between nations, and
all for what? Increased profits but for whom?
you and I get more money?
Is the price of what we buy any cheaper today, with all these free trade accords? How
about toys. Have you been shopping for any lately? I mean I used to have Mattel
Matchbox cars when I was a kid. I paid 49 cents to 69 cents for them. Take a look at
the price today, where it is several dollars. Yet they arenít anywhere near the
quality that they used to be, and we are happy about this?
I am no different than
you or anyone else. I love a bargain, and I hate paying high prices, but when the
cheap shit lasts for a tenth of the time as the good stuff, when the cheap stuff can
kill you or retard your child, is
cheap really all that cheap?
I donít mind any
industry trying to be heard and put forth their own agendas. I do object to where
Government listens exclusively to them, ignoring the needs of the people who hired
them. And that really is what it is about. You and I, when we vote for this or that
politician are actually HIRING them to represent us. We shouldnít need a seat at any table where Big Business,
Labor, or Religion sit at. We should be sitting there, by those people from
Government. They donít work for Big
Business, or the Religious Right even. They work for you and me, even if we voted for
Call me crazy, but I have
this odd notion that a person seeking to be my Member of Parliament, has to represent
my needs, and protect my interests. Yes, he/she should listen to the agendas by other
groups, to see what impact the legislation will have, but bottom line has to be that
any legislation has to benefit ME, and all
those others like ME.
If bringing in cheap
labor will reduce the wage levels for those Canadians seeking employment, but improve
the corporate profits for the Oil Industry, it is incompetent upon the government to REFUSE
those cheap foreign workers from being employed. Even if that Oil
Industry is a major contributor, the job of governing dictates that simple logic.
While Stephen Harper and
George Bush meet (August 20/21 2007 in
They are too busy
accepting free trips to the
I suppose we get
disheartened, or maybe we are just lazy. I donít know, but each election, less
people vote and as less vote, the lobbyists seem to grow. Corporate profits seem to
explode upwards, as we sit at home bitching about the Government. We go shopping at
Wal-Mart and are stunned to find nothing made in the
We see recall notices, or
worse, experience the effects of no government protection as our pets die from
tainted pet food. We cry out, angry but when it comes time to vote, we sit at home.
Somehow, that just seems wrong, perhaps as wrong as it is for politicians to forget
that they work for US,
Just as wrong as it is
that we forget that WE HIRE or FIRE
these politicians, not the Special Interest Groups
like the Religious Right, The Cattle Industry, the Oil Industry. These politicians WORK
FOR US, but we have abdicated that task to unknown corporate executives
who make millions of dollars. After all, they must know more than us, because look at
all the money they have.
Only problem with that,
is they have that wealth, at our expense and at the expense of Truth, Justice,
Morality, and Ethics. Those arenít role models I want to look up to, nor are they
type of people I want to decide what is good for me or not.
think it is time we stopped staying home on election day. I think it is time we took back our country, and elected representatives based
on their record, their platforms. If they want to tell us how bad the other guy is,
then we should ignore them to find someone who will tell us what they will do, not
what someone else wonít do. I want a politician who will want to raise the bar, not
keep on lowering it. I donít want some yes man, some paid off stooge to work for
I want someone with a
vision, with a passion for his job, which is to
represent all of us, not just those who pay huge sums into his party coffers. I
want a person who will demand that we raise our standards, that will support
our safety, even if it means refusing new trade accords.
I want someone who will
stand up for
Give me that, and I will
forgive a lot, give me that, and Iíll be happy to stand in line and vote for them.
I can handle the truth, donít lie to me. I can manage to accept higher prices, if
you can show me that it is safer. I can live with high gas prices even, if you can
show me that down the road it will cost me less. That down the road you will insure
that vehicles will be more fuel efficient, less polluting. But donít feed me slop,
tell me its good for me, when it isnít.
When you talk about the
needs of the many, donít mean the needs of the shareholders, but
mean the majority of citizens you represent. When you talk about special
interests, you better be talking about the needs of those who are less fortunate than
some, not about some rich over pampered corporate executive.
If a business needs more
labor, then make sure our education system is capable of generating those type of
employees. Donít go running to bring in cheap labor, just to satisfy some corporate
donation to your campaign.
me all that, and Iíll give you my vote.