The Dire Consequences of Political Ignorance and Indifference | Lucky James

The Dire Consequences of Political Ignorance and Indifference | Lucky James

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Lots of talking lately. Talking about corruption. Talking about a certain charter. Talking about probable provincial elections in December. Talking about this, talking about that. Yet, for all the talking I hear, I feel like I’m watching deaf and blind people arguing. Neither side hears what the other says, nor do they see what’s actually going on.

Let’s talk corruption first. You’ve heard about what went on (and, let’s be honest, is still going on) at the municipal levels. What some of you may not have heard about is that lately, members of the Liberal Party of Quebec have been implicated in it. High ranking members. Couillard himself was questioned by officers from the anti-corruption squad. Yet, support for the Liberal Party is as high as ever amongst the anglophones and allophones of Quebec. The same people denouncing the corruption and claiming it’s the result of separatist meddling are voting for the very party implicated in it. And this isn’t a recent thing; the Liberal Party was caught trying to increase funding to private schools back when they were trying to cut back on student loans back in 2005. Never mind that in the last election, liberal scrutineers were caught going into retirement homes and telling Alzheimer’s patients which box to check on their voting slips.

But let’s move on. Let’s talk about that charter. That famous charter of values which has so many people up in arms. We’re not even going to discuss how laughable an electoral strategy it is and instead, I’m going to focus on how some people are surprised it came about. Yes, many people who voted for the Parti Québécois are against it. Mind you, many who voted PQ did so as a vote against the liberals, but I digress. What those people not seem to realize was that this charter itself was announced during the last electoral campaign. Marois campaigned on it. Yet people weren’t aware of that.

What we’re seeing here is a population grossly misinformed about its political climate. And this is why all these problems arise: People either do not know about or do not care about politics and who they vote for, and then they act surprised when the people they voted for are corrupt or act against their wishes. This has resulted in a corrupt bureaucracy, which has inflated itself to disproportionate levels as its members have hired friends and families in cushy, high paying, unnecessary jobs, which in turn has been a massive drain on our economy. And it’s not as if people did not have a choice; federalists could easily have voted for the CAQ while separatists could have voted for Québec Solidaire or Option Nationale. And even then, what guarantee would we have that these parties themselves won’t suffer from the same issues?

In the end, I’d like to quote George Carlin, when he described why the American government was dysfunctional, as some food for thought as to why our politicians might seem so bad:

“Everybody complains about politicians. Everybody says they suck. Well, where do people think these politicians come from? They don’t fall out of the sky. They don’t pass through a membrane from another reality. They come from American parents and American families, American homes, American schools, American churches, American businesses and American universities, and they are elected by American citizens. This is the best we can do folks. This is what we have to offer. It’s what our system produces: Garbage in, garbage out. If you have selfish, ignorant citizens, you’re going to get selfish, ignorant leaders.”


Other articles by Lucky James:
1982’s Constitution and the Meech Lake Accord
The NDP and Jack Layton: Why?
Debunking the Myth of Quebec and Equalization Payments


JLLucky James prides himself as a moderate in a time where the polarization of issues and the rise of extremism of all sorts threatens to take over the social and political arena. Having studied a variety of subjects yet never truly dedicating himself to a single one, he now seeks to share what he has learned and observed throughout the years, hoping to break the echo chamber phenomenon to which the modern internet has given rise.

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