Thursday, October 9, 2008

I'm beginning to think my husband may be right!



I have lived my life assuming that I know all and am right about most things and that the rest of the world is out of step with me. Hubby shakes his head and has been telling me for 20 odd years that it is me who is out of step.

The headline of the Financial Post read "Should Stephen Harper Be More Panicked About the Economy?" I pondered the question as I rushed to catch the streetcar. Well, if he is (I thought), I don't want to know it. People don't vote for people who are going to get panicky. Or do they? A few days back NDP leader Jack Layton berated Harper for not reassuring the Canadian people regarding the economy. Ha (I laughed). Does he think we're a bunch of crybabies who need politicians (of all people) to pat us on the head and tell us everything will be alright. Canada may not be as bad off as some places, but it is obvious that, if nothing else, things are going to be slow for the next little while. We've been through this sort of thing before and survived and we can do it again. Geesh! A few days later, the Harper had to switch tactics because the polls said Canadians did want to be patted on the head and told everything was going to be alright. Again I say, geesh.

Number one reason I am not a politician: I obviously don't get people. I'm not a join a party and stick to it person. I have never and don't ever expect to agree 100% with any political party or politician and the perception of those who belong to a group is that they go along with everything they think the group stands for, which may be totally different than others think the group stands for. (See picture of confused infant.) For many, a political party defines them and I think that is just wrong.

Second reason I am not a politician: Very few issues have excited me to action beyond voting, which I deem a privilege and a duty. I am glad there are people who do feel that way about politics. If they like to stand on committee and live in Ottawa - more luck to them.

Whenever there is an election I do start to ponder such matters and find myself in danger of taking the whole thing much too seriously. It is then I re-read a favourite chapter of Mr. Dickens' The Pickwick Papers. I'll save you the trouble of hunting up your copy:

It appears, then, that the Eatanswill people, like the people of many other small towns, considered themselves of the utmost and most mighty importance, and that every man in Eatanswill, conscious of the weight that attached to his example, felt himself bound to unite, heart and soul, with one of the two great parties that divided the town--the Blues and the Buffs. Now the Blues lost no opportunity of opposing the Buffs, and the Buffs lost no opportunity of opposing the Blues; and the consequence was, that whenever the Buffs and Blues met together at public meeting, Town-Hall, fair, or market, disputes and high words arose between them. With these dissensions it is almost superfluous to say that everything in Eatanswill was made a party question. If the Buffs proposed to new skylight the market-place, the Blues got up public meetings, and denounced the proceeding; if the Blues proposed the erection of an additional pump in the High Street, the Buffs rose as one man and stood aghast at the enormity. There were Blue shops and Buff shops, Blue Inns and Buff Inns;--there was a Blue aisle and a Buff aisle in the very church itself.

Of course it was essentially and indispensably necessary that each of these powerful parties should have its chosen organ and representative: and, accordingly, there were two newspapers in the town--the Eatanswill Gazette and the Eatanswill Independent; the former advocating Blue principles, and the latter conducted on grounds decidedly Buff. Fine newspapers they were. Such leading articles, and such spirited attacks!--"Our worthless contemporary, the Gazette"--"That disgraceful and dastardly journal, the Independent"--"That false and scurrilous print, the Independent"--"That vile and slanderous calumniator, the Gazette"; these, and other spirit-stirring denunciations were strewn plentifully over the columns of each, in every number, and excited feelings of the most intense delight and indignation in the bosoms of the townspeople.

3 comments:

  1. Oh, CW, Mr. Dickens had such a way with the quill! Thanks for the reminder, I know what I'm going to read next.

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  2. He's a husband, he can't be right. You can't afford to let him think that he may be right either. He's been wrong for a long time, he's used to it. Saying that he's right will throw his equilibrium off.

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  3. Thanks for the words to live by. Duly noted.

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