It was interesting to read the other day that the Jerusalem Post believed a poll that indicated that four out of five Jewish Israelis blame prime minister Netanyahu for the armed incursion by Hamas into Israel. It also comes to mind that an honest poll in Russia would be likely to show that the Russian people disapprove of Putin’s armed incursion in the Ukraine. And is anyone pleased with the upcoming presidential contest in America? Closer to home, we can record conservative displeasure with the nastiness of the conservative leadership in Canada. Nor is anyone paying attention to the growing liberal party members who think that actor Trudeau has run out of support for his clinging to the role of prime minister? Dissatisfaction abounds.
My best guess is that enough Canadians are frightened by the pathetic Mr. Poilievre that an election might prove nothing.
In a world struggling to recover from a pandemic, there is anger in the air. There is distrust and scepticism for political solutions. Everyone is struggling with inflation. Blame is scattered to all quarters. There are no adequate answers. In runaway inflation, people are failing to pay their usurious mortgages. There is more stealing in our stores. Organized crime believes it has license. Politicians think more police are the answer. They promise harsher sentences. And they continue to fill the streets with the disadvantaged and complain that the police are not doing their job—while the police wonder what their job might be. Mental health challenges our hospitals while the hospitals struggle to return to a normal that nobody remembers, understands or believes.
The demand on our food banks is growing while the cost of food challenges our wages. Labor unrest is becoming a staple of democracy while the unrest with democracy threatens its continuance. Fear becomes just another equation of living. We challenge children to make adult decisions when they only want to play. The arts of the adults turn dystopian and morose.
We have politicians who would rather reward their cronies with billions rather that meet the needs of a family—evicted, hungry, with no place to go, nowhere to turn.
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