Contempt Begins at Home, a Contemplation…

I’ve been want­i­ng to fol­low up my last post regard­ing the elec­tion for some time.  I’ve been doing some heavy think­ing.  A Con­ser­v­a­tive Major­i­ty would seri­ous­ly injure this coun­try.  Their con­tempt for par­lia­ment, the par­lia­men­tary process and the coun­try in gen­er­al (includ­ing its vot­ers) is plain­ly vis­i­ble: They don’t even try to hide it.  Why, then, do they enjoy any pop­u­lar­i­ty?

The rea­son came to me in a moment of con­tem­pla­tion on the throne… an appro­pri­ate as any to con­tem­plate pol­i­tics.  The con­tempt shown by the Con­ser­v­a­tives, and espe­cial­ly the con­tempt shown by their leader, Stephen Harp­er, is a reflec­tion of the con­tempt of the Cana­di­an peo­ple.  Do Cana­di­ans have con­tempt for par­lia­ment?  Almost cer­tain­ly.  And it’s miss-placed.  I sin­cere­ly hope that Cana­di­ans don’t have con­tempt for each oth­er — and on that score, maybe peo­ple can start to feel con­tempt for Stephen Harp­er, but con­tempt for par­lia­ment con­cerns me.

What is the root of our con­tempt for par­lia­ment?  Is it inabil­i­ty of par­lia­ment to reflect any (as in “not even some”) of the val­ues Cana­di­ans hold?  Is it the inabil­i­ty of par­lia­men­tar­i­ans to keep promis­es they give or craft laws that Cana­di­ans desire?  Harp­er is hard­ly the solu­tion to this par­tic­u­lar prob­lem and con­tempt for par­lia­ment is hard­ly a direc­tion, if tak­en, that will lead to a solu­tion.

For just a short time, let’s pon­der our con­tempt and what’s real­ly required to fix this mess.

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