It seems whenever someone gets elected, especially if it’s for a high office like Prime Minister or President, that they feel that they have this mysterious substance called “political capital.” Now, you can see or touch it so it’s hard to say if it really exists. It’s certainly not written down anywhere. Stephen Harper hasn’t told us what this political capital really is, he just says he has it. Sort of like an imaginary friend.
The purpose of inventing the imaginary “political capital” is to have someone/something to blame for going against the wishes of the majority. It’s interesting that less than 40% of Canadians voted for the Conservative party, yet somehow Stephen Harper seems ready to do what he feels is right and claim it is part of his “political capital.”
The truth is voting doesn’t happen often enough. We should be voting more and I don’t mean we need more elections. We should be voting on bills and laws. Not referendums but a sort of popular double-check on all the important stuff that politicians do. If we voted on whether we were going to go into Iraq or not for example, politicians wouldn’t have to make the big decisions and spend their political capital.
I’m suggesting that in order to vote more often we don’t need to go to polls more often. What if there were a group of citizens, let’s say 1000, picked at random based on income tax returns, that would vote on Canadian’s behalf. It would be like jury duty and these citizens would do their job for one month and be paid for it. Their job would be to read the legislation, ask questions if needed, and vote on it. If they like the legislation, it gets to be put in place. If they don’t like it, politicians take it back to the drawing board.
Just a thought…