get to address one of the most maligned groups in our Province.
My mission, is
to correct the erroneous impression that you are causing the unpleasant aroma
that has become so pervasive, recently.
It is an impression with which you have been saddled, both in the media,
and with certain groups. The truth, my
friends, is right under our noses.
speak to the need for government to take responsibility for this unpleasant
aroma. Government should seek the
necessary medication, and swallow it, hard.
It just won’t do to blame the very people on whom the aromas have the
greatest negative effects.
you at a fortuitous time for it has become evident that the people, themselves,
keenly acknowledge that an odor is pervading the land; happily, they also are increasingly
awareness of its source.
realization usually follows an election, when people have a tendency to second guess
themselves. It is a perfectly normal
reaction; voter remorse is an all too common fact of democratic life.
determined, based upon the best science available, that the odor not only has a
tendency to linger; it has distinct political content.
content is political, I have also been able to confirm that its colour contains
the spectrum of an ‘arrogant’ hue; its texture is consistent with a brand of
hubris closely associated with ‘disassociation from common sense’.
will learn, this evening, my friends, that the problem has a name, a diagnosis
and a prescription, much in the same way as does a disease of the human corpus.
shows that the disease manifests as ‘rot’ and is characterized by maladaptive
hearing of the essential opinions of the ordinary man and woman; a progressive
failure of ’empathy’ is a common by-product of the disease.
of the entire head of government is typically the only known cure. That treatment comes with a high degree of
certainty. In the end, we are assured
that the greater body politic will be saved.
friends, a government can be rescued from this seemingly terminal malady; but I
regret to say, measurable improvements are rare. Typically, this poor prognosis is based upon evidence of extreme sensitivity and reduced hearing, especially when it involves citizens
who have a tendency to critizise.
for maladies of this variety, both the doctor and the patient suffer terribly;
much pain for both could be spared if a resort to political shock treatment
were tried. This therapeutic approach seldom
works, though it is always attempted, as a last resort.
of the treatment are high. At a minimum,
courage, on the part of the political leadership, is required (call it a ‘faint
hope’ clause); unfortunately, when it is available, even in the barest of
quantities, the active ingredient, ‘recognition of the prospect of imminent political destruction’, is lacking. Hence, an infusion of realty checks from the
electorate, combined with the ‘threat of time in the political wilderness’,
must be kept on standby should the patient succumb to the effects of we call
‘latent’ stupidity and require, as a consequence, political defibrillation.
Abandonment of the caucus from the leadership is the surest sign that the
disease is at a terminal stage.
Gentlemen, let us never resort to fear or doubt. We have named the disease, though it does
challenge ordinary speak: it is called, “Dunderheadedness Complex”. Dreaded as it sounds, I have the assurance of
history, that, when people are confronted by a hopeless political challenge, a
general election is a cure-all for everyone concerned.