Sorry for the long title. It felt like it needed to go on and on into infinity…because that’s how corruption and bribery feel to me.
As you all know, Senator Mike Duffy was found not-guilty. I was watching the news and heard this statement the judge made as part of the reasoning behind the verdict.
Are you ready? Here it is: the “cheque benefited the Harper government.”
Now, being a Potvin (which is a neat little French slang word for “Bribe”), I like to think that I know a thing or two on that subject matter.
For starters, that’s kind of the freakin’ point to a bribe! It benefits the briber.
And, just in case my name didn’t entirely convince you of my authority on the matter, here’s what Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary says about the word bribe, “persuade (someone) to act in one’s favor, typically illegally or dishonestly, by a gift of money or other inducement.”
And, let’s go all out here and take it to the next level. I know, it’s madness you say, but I’m going to do it.
If you take a bribe, you become complicit in the act of bribery. It is a mutually beneficial relationship!
There I said it.
I really wish we would just hold people accountable. I’m not sure how to do it. I’ve just picked up a book at the library called, “Reclaiming the Commons for the Common Good” by Heather Menzies. I’m loving it! It’s about Scottish culture and how they used to have common land they would grow food on, pasture their sheep, etc. There were rules that were followed and if you broke the rules, you had to pay a fine. It was self-governance and it worked well.
I think the greedy-minded corrupt people decided they wanted to own land. Property became the big thing. (This is my interpretation of what happened.)
I realize that Conservatives, Liberals and Socialists believe different things on global warming, environment, etc., but I really don’t think we can continue down this path. It’s just not sustainable. Can we agree on something?
At any rate, I really do long for the day when bribery and corruption will be no more. A line from Shakespeare is ringing in mine ears, ”The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers” (Dick the Butcher in Henry VI, Part II, act IV, Scene II, Line 73). I know, it’s too easy to blame lawyers for the world’s problems and technically Wallin and Duffy were journalists. And, Brazeau? Well, that’s probably another blog…