The Parallel Parliament

Glen Pearson

Posts tagged “integrity

A Deeper Code

Posted on May 3, 2018

Senator John McCain’s name came up in a discussion yesterday following mention of what could be one of his final communications before his brain tumour takes its final toll.  The young man’s view was that this is just another self-serving politician who’s lived off the political system for years and it’s time to replace him anyway. When I mentioned McCain’s being a POW in Vietnam, the response was, “Yeah, but think how terrible he was supporting Bush and some of the stupid votes he made.” And so it goes.  We are rapidly losing the ability to place people in some kind of context that truly represents their life and not just the part we disagree with.  That will be the subject of tomorrow’s post, but…

The Declaration of Conscience

Posted on July 26, 2017

“Extremes to the right and to the left of any political dispute are always wrong,” wrote Republican President Dwight D. Eisenhower during a particularly troubling occasion during his tenure in office. How would he feel today, if he witnessed that sage advice being spurned by his own party? The Republican Party in America appears to be slowly losing whatever cohesion it may have possessed prior to Donald Trump’s remarkable election win last November. As it wrestles with foreign intrigues and domestic extremes, it appears as a party lost in the proverbial wilderness even after winning the promised land of electoral success only a few months ago. Despite the extremes, the Grand Old Party (GOP) still contains many moderate and experienced voices that for whatever…

The Appearance of Evil

Posted on November 27, 2013

Yesterday we spoke of the distinctions between law and policy and how citizens must develop healthy opposition to both when they are either unjust (law) or ineffective (policy). We shouldn’t just assume that law itself is only interested in rock solid evidence or historical precedent.  There are times when the legal establishment gives a judgment that provides great insight into how we should behave.  This is especially true for office holders and their responsibilities. A few years ago, Supreme Court of Canada justices made some revealing comments concerning how politicians are supposed to behave.  It was about a case in Newfoundland, where a politician put his wife on the payroll and then sought to continue on as though all was normal.  Something like this…

“Extinction Warning: The Political Saint”

Posted on November 7, 2013

How is one to recognize good politics these days?  It is increasingly becoming a kind of spectacle and gives rise to an air of pervasive unreality that stumps politician and citizen alike – nothing seems to work anymore.  When the ultimate political standard is how well someone can sell himself instead of the manner of conduct that sees to the public business first and foremost, then we have turned democracy on its head.  Worse, we have turned the citizen into a spectator of the absurd.  Think of the parody of Rob Ford, or the tragedy working its Shakespearean way through the Senate.  We shake our heads in disbelief, but, since we, along with the media and political sophisticates, believe it to be the essence…

A Face For All Seasons

Posted on October 1, 2013

I had varied responses to Michael Ignatieff’s reflection on his political tenure in his new book, Fire and Ashes, but most of all I just felt badly for the human emotion of disappointment he must have endured.  Many will pile on with their political punditry, but it must have been tough, that’s all. Michael and I had breakfast at the Chateau Laurier on the week he was to be the final signatory to the document then Liberal leader, Stephane Dion, had asked his caucus to sign in support of a coalition.  The air was painfully rife with tension all over Ottawa that day, but Michael himself was a picture of conflicted emotions as we talked over eggs and coffee.  Later, we walked up to…

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