..and when the sun rises again tomorrow, we'll see how far we've come ...

..and when the sun rises again tomorrow, we'll see how far we've come ...

... just to remind myself why I'm doing this ...

Depending on our personalities, the world can be a crowded place or a very lonely one. For those who seek comfort in numbers, there is no shortage of hangers on, but for those who avoid that circus, keeping thier own counsel can leave them feeling quite alone and disengaged from the mad place we call home. Life is a trade off and most of us choose how we live it.

For me, I'd rather work things out as best I can, using my own thoughts and feelings to sort things out. Following the crowd has never been a temptation to me, but that has its price, one that I'm totally comfortable with every day I get to stand up and be the person I aspire to be. When I sometimes lose track of who that is, I come here to remember, to reconnect and to resume my quest.

These posts are a reflection of some of what matters to me and it's a privilege to have the opportunity to collect these thoughts as they form in my head, as they prepare the way for my life, as it evolves from one day to the next. They re-inspire me when things seem to be floating about, with no particular aim or purpose, and it does happen from time to time.

So, today I had these thoughts that I think are worth writing down for the future me to look back on when I need to ...

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

what's a Politician to do?

In the calm after the figurative and literal storms, we have a rather surprising upset in what was up to now considered a "done deal" vote on policing in Port Hope. We have a long-time proponent of OPP services reversing his support to produce a status quo result.

My question is...Should a Politician vote her or his conscience or support the 'most vocal participants' in the discussion of an issue at hand? I say 'most vocal participants' because there are usually more than one or two sides to the issue and rarely is there a unanimous position. Mind you, 'most vocal participants' does not imply that it's a majority either; it only indicates a degree of interest. The only real majority is the "silent majority".

Politicians have no hope of knowing what the majority thinks because it's not a unified majority, being only a majority of number of qualified participants, who may or may not have an interest in or opinion on any of the many issues that face the politicians. The aggregate opinion is not definitive, only indicative. What is definitive, is the thought process of each politician on each issue.

My choice comes down in favour of voting one's conscience because it's always based on the same set of values, the ones that were presented at election time, hopefully. That way, you know what's important in the mind of the politician and what influences are brought to bear on each vote. If you're interested enough to be involved in any issue and you want your views considered, you can talk to every politician that has a vote and tell them of your concerns, trying to persuade the anti's to see your point before they commit.

For a politician to listen to the loudest voices is not as important as listening to the voices of real concern. By having a discussion with those voices, the issue becomes better defined and the better result can be realized. I think the loud voices are often lacking sufficient background information to see the full scope of the issue and optimum results; they are most often based on emotional factors that can sway significantly.

The policing issue in Port Hope is very complex, as it is everywhere else, and most ordinary folk have little comprehension of the underlying factors in how best to deliver ALL policing services that a community requires. The day-to-day cop in a cruiser vision of policing is what most of us think of but there is so much more involved. It's somewhat like the iceberg analogy.

The question that will now become the main one is cost. Once the emotion of local vs institution is settled, the cost will become the next battlefield and that's when the nitty-gritty of this decision will take its toll, with much repetition of "we told you so!" Let's see what the 'loudest voices' have to offer in this tug-o-war. One thing's for sure, they won't be anywhere as eager to support their local force with their wallets as with their words. It's going to get even more interesting from here on.

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