The Silence of the Hams

It’s December 1st today.  As I begin writing this I am full of wonder.  Aren’t you?

There’s a Mayor and a new slate and configuration of city councillors.  Hush now.  If you listen very carefully you will hear everyone in Ottawa take in a long deep breath, in anticipation.

We are all waiting to see if all of that flirting that went on between all of the candidates and the various businesses and organizations will amount to anything.  Romance and Passion were definitely in the air this year.

I for one can little remember an election that generated such overt courting of voters.  Promises were made; relationships were developed, both rural and urban.  Supporting films were released.  Green wasn’t just a Party or colour this summer, it was a philosophy.

I must tell you that when I asked candidates questions about their ideas of solutions to many of the issues, they spoke of their past affiliations and achievements; with little practical vision for the future.  Generalizations abounded in an effort to be found pleasing to the ear.  Criticism of others flew in an effort to sound well versed or authoritative.

When attending events held by various organizations around Ottawa I found myself listening carefully to what these candidates, seated and new, would say in order to be found representative of the demographic to which they were speaking.

And what of the hard working folks who did not win but promised to be an attentive and contributing member of society in Ottawa.  Will they call?  Will they call upon us? Will they be silent in their communities or did they find new reasons to get out there and improve their own quality of life.  Did they find new meaning to “loving” Ottawa.

I guess the moral of the story today is that flirting with politics is a dangerous game.  Sometimes people believe your banter.  Sometimes feelings get hurt or we are disappointed.  Flirting can be confused with leading a city on.  Telling us you are leaders, and then failing to lead, elected or not isn’t just bad politics, it leads to break ups.

So as we head quickly toward 2011 I wonder.  Will the voters hold these flirts to their word?  Will these passionate people meet their commitments?   Or, were they just “playuhs”?

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One Response to The Silence of the Hams

  1. Rawlson King says:

    The lesson I learned from my stab at municipal politics is that community building only continues after election day, no matter what the result for the candidate or community. The only way we can build a more prosperous and caring Ottawa is by staying engaged.

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