"All words are symbols that represent unspeakable realities. Which is also why words are magical." (Donald Miller tweet)

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

not a politician

This is why I am not in politics.

I just couldn't take it. I'd be one of the pen-throwing, accusation-making, arm-waving types that make everyone go, "Tsk, tsk, tsk, what is her PROBLEM?"

And then I'd call their bluff. All of them. I don't take well to being bullied or hijacked or politicked. I say if we disagree, let's have the honesty and integrity to do it up front. Talk it out, make a decision, and once the decision is made - let's all work together to implement it the best we can.

But that's just crazy talk, I know.

Which is why I am not in politics. And why I am, in all honesty, praying today that God will give wisdom to our Mayor and City Council as they field public frustration and input, and finally (hopefully) vote on this stadium issue. I know which way I'd like to see it go. As a taxpayer, I do have an opinion, and I fully recognize that not everyone shares it. I also recognize that although I get to have my say, I don't get to have ALL the say. Isn't that how democracy is supposed to work? Everybody gets one say?

But if it was me in a City Councilor's chair - and thank goodness it isn't - at this point, I'd throw up my arms today and vote to scrap the whole darn thing.

Which isn't very visionary, I guess. I really am big on vision - I couldn't do MY job, if I wasn't - but I don't know how one creates vision that survives the endless political process that picks and hacks away at it, until no one can remember what it looked like at the beginning.

Which is why I'm not in politics.


Back to happy tomorrow, OK?


Kelly said...

it makes me want to pull my hair out.

i'd like to see it at the west harbour location. i think it's wise CITY BUILDING. i heard one person say that would never work ... Hamilton's waterfront is NOT like Toronto's. while this is true. Hamilton's waterfront is very much like what PITTSBURGH'S used to be like before THEIR steele crisis that forced their city to change the way it looked at itself.


they've made their crisis work for them. i think we could too.

that's my two cents in ee cummings fashion.

Patti said...

Me too.

But at this point, I wonder if it's a winnable situation at all. Pretty frustrating.

I'd rather have nothing than give Future Fund money towards further urban sprawl.

Anonymous said...

As long as the city solves the eventual traffic problem with a well thought out solution then the west end harbour should work well.