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Plenty of reasons why 'political' is almost always a pejorative adjective

Politics is a form of non-lethal warfare over power, status, income, wealth and the ability to impose constraints on the behaviour of others, all conducted in, around, and through government.

The word "political" is nearly always a pejorative adjective. Why? Because citizens find so much evidence of questionable, unacceptable, and worse forms of behaviour in the political arena. Columnist Andrew Coyne put it this way: "Politics is a business that inverts all the normal rules of human conduct. In most walks of life, it is thought dishonourable—personally shaming—to lie, or even to shade the truth; to boast of one's own achievements, and sneer at others'; to flatter and connive in private, to mock and rage in public. Yet these and worse are the daily work of those we elect." (National Post, June. 6, 2001). In general, politics is full of actions and words that evoke the "cringe factor" in ordinary folks.

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Plenty of reasons why 'political' is almost always a pejorative adjective

Politics is a form of non-lethal warfare over power, status, income, wealth and the ability to impose constraints on the behaviour of others, all conducted in, around, and through government.

The word "political" is nearly always a pejorative adjective. Why? Because citizens find so much evidence of questionable, unacceptable, and worse forms of behaviour in the political arena. Columnist Andrew Coyne put it this way: "Politics is a business that inverts all the normal rules of human conduct. In most walks of life, it is thought dishonourable—personally shaming—to lie, or even to shade the truth; to boast of one's own achievements, and sneer at others'; to flatter and connive in private, to mock and rage in public. Yet these and worse are the daily work of those we elect." (National Post, June. 6, 2001). In general, politics is full of actions and words that evoke the "cringe factor" in ordinary folks.

  

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Friday, September 19, 2014
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Lobbyists, MPs get in on the ice bucket challenge for ALS Sept. 3, 2014

Photo courtesy Summa Strategies
The team at Summa Strategies took the ice bucket challenge last week at the Parliament Pub. Summa challenged board members from the Government Relations Institute of Canada (GRIC) to take it next. From left: intern John McHughan, vice-chairman Tim Powers, senior adviser Louis-Alexandre Lanthier, consultant Kate Harrison, vice-president Jim Armour, vice-president Robin MacLachlan, president Tracey Hubley, senior adviser Michele Austin, and consultant Angela Christiano.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
The Government Relations Institute of Canada board members take the ice bucket challenge.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
GRIC directors feel the chill.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
From left: GRIC president Andre Albinati, secretary Joanne Dobson, board members Kevin Desjardins and Alayne Crawford, treasurer Phil Cartwright, and board members Alex Maheu and Jason Kerr.
Photograph provided Hill and Knowlton Strategies
Health Minister Rona Ambrose gets in on the ice bucket challenge.
Photograph courtesy Hill and Knowlton Strategies
NDP Leader Tom Mulcair.
Photograph courtesy Hill and Knowlton Strategies
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau.

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