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Northern Pen - - NEWS - Ed Smith The View From Here

“Just as well to be liv­ing with that Isis crowd.”

“Noth­ing but a bunch of freak­ing com­mu­nists.”

“They’re all there for no rea­son ex­cept to line their own pockets.”

“Dwight Ball and Kathy Ben­net don’t give a damn about we poor peo­ple.”

Th­ese are ex­am­ples of some of the more en­light­ened com­ments float­ing around the prov­ince th­ese days. Oh yes, for­got the chief one of them all, “Dwight must re­sign.” Plas­tered on util­ity poles all over the greater met­ro­pol­i­tan area of the Cap­i­tal City. Great stuff, don’t you think? Cer­tainly! Not bad, you say, for a dyed in the wool PC. Right. I am as much a PC as Don­ald Trump is a greeter for Mus­lims at a Wal­mart store in New York. I haven’t been PC since Earl McCurdy was a kid in knee socks. Ac­tu­ally back then I was a mem­ber of Trail Rangers, a church boys group. It was an at­tempt by the United Church to em­u­late Boy Scouts. Didn’t work.

Don’t know what Earl was do­ing back then any­more than I do now. You can trace my own po­lit­i­cal his­tory on Google. Af­ter the first 3 1/2 pages it’s not too dif­fi­cult.

The ef­forts by our cur­rent po­lit­i­cal masters to save our prov­ince from fi­nan­cial an­ar­chy leave me as sick as do the di­a­tribes one hears on Open Line, if one cares to lis­ten. Of course i lis­ten. Some­one has to in or­der to sur­vey the col­lec­tive wis­dom of the masses. Oth­er­wise, how is one to know what to think, un­less one is sit­ting around the cabi­net ta­ble in Con­fed­er­a­tion Build­ing, in which one is told.

Ac­tu­ally I’m a fan of Open Line, but Lord help us if some of the ya­hoos who speak what loosely passes for their minds on that pro­gram ever get an author­ity over any­one in any­thing.. Edgar Lee Masters wrote that we should ex­er­cise cau­tion and “be­ware of the man who rises to power from one sus­pender.”

We elected a few last time with no sus­penders.

Does the ig­no­rant char­ac­ter who made the an­nounce­ment about how much bet­ter it would be to live un­der Isis re­ally un­der­stand what he is say­ing? Or that com­mu­nism is a much bet­ter sys­tem than ours, or that liv­ing in a third world cul­ture is prefer­able to our own?

Has any of those peo­ple ever trav­elled to coun­tries de­scribed as “bet­ter than what we got here now, b’ys!” Or if they have any means of lis­ten­ing

to any­thing other than Face­book, such as ears and eyes, can they not see how asi­nine their words are? Are they not aware of the ab­ject poverty in which most of those peo­ple live, or the op­pres­sion and in­jus­tice that gov­erns the lives of so many?

What both­ers me most is that such peo­ple seem to have no

Ap­pre­ci­a­tion what­so­ever of how for­tu­nate we are to live where we do. Yes, I do know about se­niors who have so lit­tle in­come that they don’t know how will make it through the win­ter af­ter more fees and taxes are levied on them. And I am aware of the work­ing poor who live from hand to mouth and like­wise have to make dif­fi­cult de­ci­sions about gro­ceries and rent.

And do the ig­no­rant among us have any un­der­stand­ing of what their lives would be like in those other places and un­der those other regimes? Fact is, most of them and their chil­dren would be dead.

So an in­ter­est­ing num­ber of you want the premier to re­sign. Good think­ing. In my view, he and his col­leagues made a balls up of this past bud­get.

God knows they were be­tween a rock and a hard place, but as I and many oth­ers have pointed out, they hit the wrong peo­ple in the wrong way and for the wrong rea­sons.

But does any­one re­ally think that boot­ing out the premier is the an­swer? As some­one has said, af­ter that, what then? What hap­pens next? A wiser, smarter premier? Like who?

That would be proof the age of mir­a­cles is not yet over.

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