Like I Walk In Front Of 39 Thieves In A V

The election's over, and now what? I, for one, am not excited to see what transpires in coming years. I don't expect anything to change, or improve, through the action of councillors or the mayor. The most I hope for is lateral movement. I would rather listen to the spontaneously spouted grievances of residents who live in the areas discussed in platforms than then prepared speeches of candidates. Winnipeg relies on Winnipeggers, it is the citizens and not the councils that make this fine city. Our city is inhabited by innumerable unsung heroes, I would like to see them receive the recognition dotingly distributed to elected officials. Perhaps I'm incorrect, perhaps I'm uninformed, perhaps I'll be pleasantly surprised. To the victors, I would say; celebrate your wins, certainly, but please also earn them.



Now, I'm far from a political commentator. Not a policy-amphibian of any manner whatsoever, and thus my opinions on political matters are utterly inconsequential to any other than myself. However, I do have opinions, as everyone else, and these are they.

I understand that anarchy is unfeasible in sophisticated society. If such a system were to be in place, it may not quite be Hobbes' State of Nature, but it'd hardly be a functioning and forward-moving civilization. The implicit and unavoidable issue is, I cannot rationalize having a select few individuals speak and decide for millions of other people they do not know, especially when the former few, elected as they may be, have opinions and ideas of their own. If I were to stride into city hall and present to the mayor clear, concise, and carefully composed statements about my concerns in reference to Winnipeg, I do not believe Mr. Katz would give a shit. Not even a tiny little Huggies-sized one.

As to the councillors, I would hope the situation is somewhat different. I would hope, since most of the elected councillors are residents of the wards they represent, and know at least a portion of the people for whom they speak on a first name or familiar face basis, they would be more in touch with their wants and worries. I would hope that victorious councillors are closer to the citizens they represent, but I can't be certain that that's true. I received a call last week from the office of one of the candidates in North Kildonan. I did not make it to the phone in time, but heard through the answering machine a recorded message entreating my vote. It's possible that this recording was in response to my not answering, but then....

A fellow student and I discussed organizing a protest and demonstration soon. As to what it will be, you will have to wait and see. I hope that event will encourage change, at least visible change in a small and specific scenario. But perhaps I will learn that legitimate change is almost impossible to implement.

5 comments:

TerrynS said...

Nice link to Dylan's blog. Very funny reference to the diaper, Katz caring issue.

Breanna Perrelli said...

haha here here! I too am more of a policy avian-flying around on the surface of multiple issues but never setting foot in the swamp.

Good luck with the demonstration.

Kenton Larsen said...

A Hobbes reference! And not in relation to Calvin. Well done.

Chuka Ejeckam said...

Thank you Terryn, and yeah I like the diaper bit too. I appreciate your wishes with the demonstration Brea. Thank you Kenton, though Calvin is also quite the philosopher.

Adam said...

I hate to accuse you of plagiarism, but I think I saw this in the newspaper...

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