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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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Thursday, December 18, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Maher, Den Tandt's Barrack Hill Balladeers perform at Tunes for Ottawa Food Bank shindig at D'Arcy's, Dec. 17 Dec. 18, 2014

Photograph courtesy of Dylan Robertson
D'Arcy McGees was packed on Wednesday night as Hill journalists, staffers. GR and PR folks came out to raise money for the Ottawa Food Bank.
Photograph courtesy of Mark Bourrie
Stephen Maher and Michael Den Tant performing alongside fellow Barrack Hill Balladeers at D'Arcy's Wednesday night.
Photograph courtesy of Stephen Maher
Mark Fraser and Bobby Watt start off the evening with Irish folk song Carrickfergus.
Embassy News Photograph courtesy of Laura Beaulne-Stuebing
Mark Fraser, Stephen Maher, Michael Den Tant and Celeste Côté.
The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello
The Barrack Hill Balladeers had been practising for a while before their performance, said Stephen Maher. The crowd enjoyed them.

MICHAEL DE ADDER'S TAKE