Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Here I am up earlier than usual struggling with a question that has been bugging me since yesterday, after I heard at a meeting last night that a certain carpetbagger establishment type is planning on running for mayor in our upcoming municipal election.
It got me thinking how our elections in democratic countries are run these days, which is far from democratic and more about how deep your pockets are. In the U.S. I heard recently a congressman has to spend a million plus dollars to win a seat in that country. A billion dollars or more if you want to be president. Here in Canada its no different, its all about the money. "We are so materialistic today that poverty now actually carries the shame that cowardice carried in earlier, warrior times." To be poor is to literally be priced out of the game, in more ways than one.
In the Pass it seems its not only about the money, how big your bank account is, but whether you were born here or not i.e. whether you come from pedigree stock. If you happen to have some letters in front or back of your name well that's almost a given that you're a shoe-in for obviously you are one of the elite and therefore more deserving than anyone else.
Whether we like to admit it or not the truth is we have been conditioned to believe only elites are deserving of running the institutions that govern our lives. We live in a class society of the haves and the have nots. Those who have gets, and those who don't, don't. Therefore it seems to me there simply is no room for those who are different. Those who don't fit the mode of conformity and established protocols. When one is from the other side of the tracks what chance does one have against the Irwin's and Decoux's of this world and their kind, when the deck is stacked against you? Better to learn your place like the plantation slave than to test fate and circumstance by demanding freedom and a better world. What think you my brethren?
Personally, letting the establishment continue to get away with their closed door monopoly on the mayor's chair is not something I agree with for it goes against my fighting nature, but sometimes reality is not only a bitch but a forgone conclusion. Tilting at windmills is best left to the Don Quixote's of this world, as is the running of our governments by establishment elites... because that's just the way it is.
They say those who have nothing to lose are the richest among us. But is there really room here in the Pass in a leadership role for those of us who are different?
If you want something you better make some noise.