It started in the news rooms of newspapers. The Dog Days where when the most you could come up with to write was the story of man bites dog. The Dog Days are different today. There are wild fires in one area, scorching heat in another and deadly floods in others. Mother Nature is on a rampage.
The business pages can be filled with the unconscionable profits of the oil companies and the grocery chains. These companies steal from those on fixed incomes. They beggar us all. Cars sit idle on the corporate lots—waiting for parts in short supply. Industry suffers from lack of materials, lack of staff, lack of financial support and the inability of politicians to bring order and good government.
But we still get the comments from our readers. One surprised me the other day. My reader questioned my condemnation of those who choose a life as a politician. I must admit that I have known some life-long politicians whom I liked and considered friends. These were people who brought a decency and a desire to do good to the political scene. I think of my late friend Herb Gray of Windsor, Ontario and the irrepressible Lloyd Axworthy of Winnipeg, Manitoba.
But, yes, I do revile those who lack life experience and bring nothing but the mindless cant of the right-wing of politics to the fore. And, I do despise the right-wing of politics that the clouded and unthinking minds, untouched of human kindness, bring to our political cesspools of conservative dogma.
The facts are that small government is an uncaring government. Tax cuts are bruising to those in need. No thank you, people should not be trickled on. Low taxes to business just prove that they are not paying their way. Business must be mindful of the human needs of their employees. Profit does not come first. Minimum wages are just that, a minimum. Growth and encouragement come from decency.
And if you do not like people, get the hell out of politics. Go work in palliative care and learn something about people. Each and every one of us has earned the right to share in this experience called life. Honour that obligation first.
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