I am watching the leaders' debate this evening. It is on every Canadian channel, so it's not like I have much choice.
I have stated this before to anyone who would listen, and I still feel this way. This is a blanket statement about politics and politicians of any party, any time, anywhere. It is as follows:
Politicians put up with a lot of crap.
I don't know many people who would try to apply for a job every few years, and to have good people disagree with you just for the sake of disagreeing with you. I don't know many people who would like it very much if other people got in their face during meal time.
Politicians have to tolerate and accept and even welcome vituperation and constant criticism and intense scrutiny. Sounds like fun. Boy, I want to put myself through that.
In real terms, the money isn't that good. Most good people can make more money in the private sector and have much less b.s.. in their lives. Instead, they put themselves out there and try to make the world, or at least their constituency, a better place.
I don't understand why any good person would want to put himself, or herself, through all the hassle and the b.s. and aggravation associated with seeking, attaining, and retaining a public office. It is not readily apparent to me.
Your thoughts, ladies and gentlemen?