It's finally here! A new season of The Walking Dead has started. You might be thinking I am referring to the zombie apocalypse television program that airs on Sunday nights. Oh, if that were only the case! No, my reference to the walking dead has more to do with the state of politics both here and abroad that is more entertaining, scarier and dysfunctional than anything anyone can imagine creating for television entertainment. At least there is Canadian content on a par with American content that exceeds any television programming. We finally get it right before we know what it's going to cost us.
There's nothing I can likely add to the NDP debacle in this province but, the only ray of hope we had here that anything political might change in the future rested with Lorraine Michael and the possibility that the NDP might someday form a government. This is predicated on the notion that a political party that never formed a government would, given the opportunity, actually behave without the sense of entitlement for perhaps as long as 10 years, that the traditional parties display by the time they get to their second term. Some would argue that that is delusional thinking, but you would have to be even more cynical than me. I am not entirely sure that is possible.
The actions of the NDP caucus call into question whether or not politics actually attracts any rational thinkers. It defies logic that a party so deep into the political backwoods where no light shines through would, after being handed a flashlight in the form of four extra caucus members, use that light to go deeper into the woods. You can give them a Google map with directions to the open air, provide them with a couple of quads and enough folk music to get them to the promised land, and it wouldn't matter anymore whether they got out of the woods or not. Those new caucus members with a total of eight years of political experience between the four of them guaranteed that the NDP in this province will now be thought of as no worse, but particularly disturbing, no better than their competition. It's as if they stuck a stick in their own brain, which is the cheapest way to dispatch a walking dead zombie.
It could be worse. Actually, it is worse, but we haven't felt the full effects of the dysfunctional politicians in the greatest nation on earth. We all know that the United States is the best place to live in the world based on having been told that by people in that country over and over again who likely have never lived anyplace else and therefore lack a basis of comparison. We know from experience that they have never let a little thing like misinformation or even no information, prevent them from having such a high regard of themselves. That doesn't explain why politicians in this little area of the world seem to have based their level of dysfunction on something they have been observing there. Is it possible that political dysfunction is a genetic trait that attracts a particular personality type to politics? We can only hope that somewhere, someone is doing stem cell research on the subject.
My comparison to the political debacle here and the political debacle there arises because of an inability for seemingly rational people in management positions in both countries to communicate with one another. The far right in the U.S. insists that what they wanted to do was negotiate when in actual fact, they were seeking a capitulation by the other side. The NDP caucus in this province insists that what they wanted to do was to negotiate when in actual fact, they were seeking a capitulation by Lorraine Michaels. As Curly from the Three Stooges would say, “The noive.” (sic nerve)
You might use television to distract you from this madness. Without the distraction of television, you could get it in your head to go and do something irrational, like join the NDP, or the Liberals, or the Conservatives on the misguided notion that your membership might actually make a difference. Voting hasn't made a difference, and the NDP has now made that unanimous. Membership with anybody in government would have you thinking like a zombie in no time. Take it from me. All the zombies ever end up with is a stick in the brain. Week after week after agonizing week. It gives me a headache.