August 20, 2015

The Duffy trial: You call this a political scandal?

Joshua LiebleinRebel Blogger
 

Is there anything more pathetic than a Canadian political scandal?

Defining a Canadian political scandal as even properly being a scandal strains credibility. In other countries, the stuff that passes for scandal here wouldn’t even rate. Murderassaultabusepeople losing their livelihoodsthese are proper scandals. Pretty much every Canadian political scandal ever involves someone misspending or misappropriating money and then ham-fistedly trying to cover it up, which is hard to distinguish from routine incompetence and/or dishonesty. In any other situation, the incompetent and/or dishonest person is disciplined and that’s the end of it.

In Canada, however, there is the same contemptible try-hard effort to prove that we can scandal just as good as anyone else, the same way we try to show the world that we can do television or movies or sports or literature with the best of them and don’t even halfway convince ourselves -much less the global community- that we can do these things.

This manifests in a peculiar type of insanity with very specific symptoms:

-People unironically use the phrase “billion-dollar boondoggle”

-Journalists climb over each other for the rights to write books which nobody will buy or read about the scandal

-Opposition parties drop all pretense of trying to show how they’d run the province or country better than the sad sacks currently in charge and affect real and/or fake outrage over whatever has happened, trying to convince confused and disinterested voters that the world is ending

 -Details of dreary courtroom proceedings (what kind of suit was Nigel Wright wearing???) are reported as though it’s a production of Inherit The Wind when in reality it doesn’t even rate with a rerun of Law and Order.

In short, people are trying to make it seem like this stuff matters. It doesn’t.

A scandal that requires a book to explain properly isn’t worth getting excited about.

A scandal where the suspects can claim with a straight face that they didn’t know what was going on is not worth getting excited about.

A scandal where the people making accusations of wrongdoing are just as shady as the people being accused is not worth getting excited about.

No, I’ll tell you what is worth getting excited about, what the real scandal is: These lawyers, politicians, and journalists are feeding off each other in a bizarre love triangle, a massive orgy of underachieving gatekeepers and turnkeys who think the circus they are running could and should compete with whatever the Kardashians are up to for the attention of Canadians.
If they must waste their time and our money on useless spectacles, then the very least that we are owed is an entertaining useless spectacle and we can’t even get that.

No, Canadians cannot even be the best (or worst, as it were) in the world when it comes to failing despite having so much potential. Think of how many great failures are being passed over in favour of mediocre ones, out of a misplaced Canadian sense of fairness!  

 

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commented 2015-08-20 23:57:19 -0400
I just can not for the life of me understand why we are wasting enormous $$ on badgering the shit out of Wright? he has fuck all to do with this fat little guy called Duffy.Duffy and Duffy alone deceived the tax payers and claimed many many $$$ by claiming illegitimate housing and travel expenses as did the indian kid and the fat women amoung others
the guys guilty as hell he knows it and we know it . fire his fat ass, fine him and or jail him and lets get on with it.
reinstating the gang of three senate thieves is another travesty of justice
commented 2015-08-20 22:50:48 -0400
It would be more scandalous and a hell of a lot more entertaining if old Duffy was caught with a couple of young hookers and a pocketful of viagra. Let the MSM put a spin on that.
commented 2015-08-20 16:37:47 -0400
Well said. The whole matter is ridiculous and the real scandal is how the media and their political friends are turning this all into a big melodrama to try and trick Canadians into thinking this all has more significance that it really does. In the grand scheme of things with all the horrible things that are happening around the world, the media is acting like this is the equivalent to some major situation when it really is not. In fact, it is not even news in the traditional sense. It is politics and they are abusing the power of the press . It is painfully obvious that the media has chosen sides and are a part of the Liberals political campaign. And they know that if they just keep lying and exaggerating, people will start to believe it is the truth. The Rebel.media is aptly named because they are the only people who are rebelling against this propaganda and conspiracy. Not one of the mainstream media sources has the courage or decency to stand up to this bull. Even the CBC is interviewing and promoting those who oppose the government and not interviewing or promoting anyone who supports the Conservatives. The mainstream media is untrustworthy and biased and partisan and there is not much anyone can do about it. Canadians should vote Conservative en masse just to show the media that Canadians will not tolerance such abuse.
commented 2015-08-20 12:04:12 -0400
We’re not in the big leagues unless we can have some Scandals to report on! Ever notice how the TV News readers show such emotion when they get to this topic. “Scandal” and “Duffy” gives them the opportunity to display their personal, emotional concern for the Country, to pretend they really understand what they read, and of course to take the blah out of their boring jobs.