Sunday, July 19, 2015

The "creeping cancer" ...

A reader's response to the preceding article is featured here:
It's time to put the fear of consequence back in governance. Since it is obvious that the current checks and balances mean little or nothing, to political organizations, bent on malfeasance while in power.

A more structured form of political or legal retribution is now required.

Corruption comes in many forms, many of which have surfaced in this country and province, within the past 15 years.

I submit that terrorism as described by all levels of government, is not this country's greatest threat. The greatest threat to us is the "creeping cancer" known as corruption within political parties and governments at all levels, in this country.

This message has become very clear with the results of the Quebec Corruption Commission, the Senate scandal, the Robo Call Elections fiasco, BC Rail, the Healthcare Firing/ Big Pharma scandal and now the above judges ruling into the Social Services Ministry.

The whole concept of democracy and responsible, ethical governance in this country, is under serious threat.

The solution, will be a long painful, expensive exploration, into the values and ethics of political partisanship, malfeasance and manipulation of our democratic system.

That would be just a start...

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  1. In the last item, Lew commented, “When the government fears the people there is liberty; when the people fear the government there is tyranny.”

    On an individual level, Justice Walker demonstrated that this one family had a great deal to fear from government.

    On the provincial level, people displaced by Site C and those who depend on coastal waters have much to fear from government sponsors like Imperial Metals, Kinder Morgan and Enbridge as well as the industry's wolves in sheep's clothing like National Energy Board.

    On the federal level, Harper's Conservatives aim to win an election by provoking fear of people who are not white and not fundamentalist Christians.

    Tyranny has arrived. It just has not affected everyone... yet.

  2. Flooding political parties with new blood, new membership, would be a start to diluting the iron fist grip of the 2,000 members who run the eg. BC Liberal Party

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  3. There is an easy answer to this....i don't believe it's as much the politicians being bought(although thats going on also)but the people directly below them are the biggest problem and we have absolutely no control over that.....friends of friends with brown envelopes....untill we do away with lobbyists that have almost unlimited money to spend this will not stop

  4. The cost of corruption to the peoples of the world exceeds the costs expected to be spent as a result of global warming.

    In fact, despite any of the good works or programs by any politicians or groups, corruption is actually responsible accelerating global warming.

  5. Until the populous stops rewarding bad political behavior and severely punishes it, nothing will change.

    We reelected Gorgon after his Maui Owie. PhotoOp Queen won an election in spite of the "quick wins" and other scandals. If I were them, this demonstrates that as long as you dangle sparkle ponies in front of the MonkeyMass, you don't have to worry.

    1. It also helps to have a complacent media to assist you, as did Gordo and Christy.

  6. In my little berg, corruption is rampant everywhere, from the lowest of municipal worker, right to the mayor's office.

    Want anything done like dump extra garbage or a mattress in a muni dumpster, a plain brown manilla envelope with a $20 will suffice.

    Want the inspector to pass your reno, well a plain brown manilla envelope with several of those brown bills is a must. The "Eye" found out when a plumbing inspector said; "Your plumber doesn't know how to do business in..........". A quick to the bank and a plain brown manilla envelope latter and indeed my plumber leaned how to do business in........

    Politicians are the example to all, with all the freebies and gifts they get. A box in Rogers Arena for Cunuck playoffs or soccer or lions, it doesn't matter because it is paid for. And for friends of government who provide the gifts, an almost free ride for their developments, rezoning and exemption from bylaws are dead easy for those who get gifts. At election time, which has been extended to every 4 years because they were getting too expensive for friends of government, is where those plain bromw manilla envelopes, stuffed with brown and pink bills, literally fly under the door. In some municipalities, no one runs for the office of mayor because the incumbent has goon friends will will put a hurt on, if one dares to challenges their investment.

    For provincial and federal politicians it is exponentially worse!

    And you wonder why gangsters have almost taken over the city, province, or country,because we have gangsters running the show.

  7. This is an accurate portrayal of the problem. The solution is to fix what is allowing this cancer to metastasize. As the poster writes, “The solution will be a long painful, expensive exploration, into the values and ethics of political partisanship, malfeasance and manipulation of our democratic system.”

    The exploration in our democratic system would normally be conducted and presented to the public for consideration by a vigorous, curious, courageous, free, and ethical journalistic community. Unfortunately the present day journalistic community is involved up to its neck in the political partisanship, malfeasance and manipulation of our democratic system that is the cancer we are facing. So what to do?

    Two recent columns by senior members of our journalistic community deserve condemnation, and we must seek out these cancer facilitators and condemn them widely and publicly whenever and wherever they appear. That is a necessary beginning to curing what ails our governance.

    They are linked here with comments on their veracity:

  8. The most recent financial statements of Postmedia show they've accumulated losses of $555 million since 2010. This year, they took over the money losing Sun newspapers (english language). One of the investor reports disclosed these Sun properties lost about $300 million in the last two years.

    Postmedia, which has been selling off its own parts to stay alive, financed the Sun takeover with more proceeds from junk bond predators. The people and corporations behind these "investors" are largely unknown. It does not take a conspiracy theorist to understand that gaining control of one of the country’s largest media outlets, provides unprecedented opportunity for the rich and powerful to become richer and more powerful.

    1. Good point. It is even more valid when you consider that neo-liberals in Ottawa have been inflicting serious injury to the CBC, turning it into an obedient servant of one-percenters. Turning media's news celebrities to entertainers for sale to the highest bidder is just part of a larger scheme to marginalize people who would care for the public interest.

  9. Gangsters and organized crime. Pretty much sums it up, Evil Eye.

    I discovered this "gem" this morning. In the Tyee, dated, July 16th.

    I'm paraphrasing here. (It appears that the manipulation of the Attorney Generals office has occurred). The provinces top solicitor, has recently been quoted, "as not willing to interfere with the proposed upcoming investigation into the Healthcare firings". This would make sense, in order to preserve the supposed "non bias nature" of the office.

    However, the Attorney General has since written a letter, to indicate that a change in the Ombudsman's mandate would be amended, as soon as possible, move the debate as expeditiously as possible, and to proceed as quickly as possible to Royal proclamation.
    Why the sudden reversal? Very suspicious indeed.

    It is not the cost or the time it would take for a Judicial Public enquiry. It is becoming obvious, that the manipulation of the legislature and it's offices, is being done, by a political party, to facilitate the hiding of what really went on. This to prevent the "real truth", political fallout, and keeping the level of malfeasance hidden. Something is really wrong here.

    I do not believe for one minute these people give a damn about the people of this province or the victims of this scandal. It is their
    belief that their malfeasance can and will be facilitated, no matter what the outcome.

    This is pure corruption, no matter what "they" think.




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