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Our Leaders: Law Makers or Law Breakers?

Updated on March 26, 2012

Everyone Has an Agenda

Objectivity and fair play are lost once someone has power and the control that comes with it. The perspective of being one of the general population is changed forever once someone starts seeing things from the inside out and has access to the perks of that power.

In the beginning, most people who get involved in running the organizations that run our lives – the bureaucrats who make and decide what policies and rules to enforce and how; at all levels of “government”; federal, provincial, city, non government funded organizations to name a few; have their own agenda and are willing to do whatever is being asked to get what they want.

They want something changed or something new introduced. They realize to get things done effectively it is easier to do it from the “inside”. Like the saying goes “if you want something done right, do it yourself.” They’ve probably tried to go through proper channels with results they weren’t satisfied with and so they’re becoming actively involved in the decision making process, so they can influence it.

The changes can be anything from a fight over a parking situation to changing the health care system … it takes all kinds of different issues to ignite that fire that gets someone involved.

Higher positions of power come with huge lifetime salaries and benefits. This means there is no real way to ensure that representation is for the people and not only for the monetary benefits that come with the position; 8 years isn’t a long time to work to have a lifetime salary.

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Wise Words

Learned Behaviour

What they learn when they get in or knew before they got started was that apparently rules and policies don’t apply to those who make and enforce policies; as long as they don’t get caught or a written complaint is filed. Apparently someone elected or volunteered to be in a leadership position; the people running organizations, countries; can be as biased as they want, as long as they can talk fast and think on the spot. Play the game right and everyone backs everyone up so no power is lost and control remains with the chosen few …

Perhaps, when exposed to the reality of the number of people not following policies and breaking rules, a “if you can’t beat ‘em join ‘em” attitude is easy to adopt.

Insider information obviously makes it easier to find and apply loopholes, hide offenses or know they’ll be no questions asked because of the position of power. It makes it easy to abuse the power.

Once someone is in a position of seeing private information, it changes the perspective of the person in the position. The information can be used subtly influence and sway decisions. There is power in knowledge. Management is where this information is shared and dealt with. The information you become privy to affects the way you perceive people and situations. It’s part of human nature. So many people don’t respect policies, rules, regulations and systems; they think the rules don’t apply to them.

Bend the rules for those they like and hold them steadfast for those they don’t or won’t “serve them” well. “A policy is a policy”, is an overused phrase by those in power who, either ignore policies themselves, or don’t whistle blow on those they know are ignoring or breaking policies. It’s a cop out phrase and an excuse to stop the conversation.


Election Questions

So at election time of any kind; paid positions or volunteer - now, in the back of my mind, are always questions;

What’s in it for them?

Why do they want to be involved in the decision making process of the group?

With all the self-serving motivations of people who want to be in control and have power,

How do you chose who will represent you when they are all so busy representing themselves?

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    • eye say profile image

      eye say 6 years ago from Canada

      a classic quote that seems too true breakfastpop. Thanks for your input...

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      breakfastpop 6 years ago

      Some things never change...Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Up and awesome.

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      eye say 6 years ago from Canada

      poetvix, I'm giving them them benefit of the doubt, hoping they went in with best intentions and although writing doesn't always work, it does create a paper trail for future complaints and potential action...

      thanks for your input, much appreciated.

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      poetvix 6 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      I wonder just how many politicians did go into it with noble intentions. I can't see many that cling to them for long, but still, you make a good point. The only one I don't agree with is the part about the written complaints working, for there have been many, many on our current commander in chief. Thanks bunches for a very interesting read.