Money Talks, Mandatory Voting and our Democracy

Nipawin - December 26, 2000 - by: Mario deSantis

appropriate language

Lately, I have been reading some Canadian economic papers and I can understand how
entrenched is the obsolete mentality of still considering the industrialized theories of
economics in a new world characterized by continuous social changes. As I talk to my
son James, MBA Candidate at the University of North Dakota, and we discuss social
issues, I stress the need to use appropriate language to understand each other.




The use of an appropriate language means that we can entertain a dialog and learn together,
instead we continue to use a manufactured language and have dividing discussions and
dividing solutions for our social challenges. When I read for the first time "The Fifth
Discipline", by Peter Senge(1), I was immediately impressed about the author's use of his
words, and his explanation of the natural origin of these words. The most important message
of Senge's book, for me, was his ability to let us rediscover what our language should be like.




What bother me the most today, is the dividing language of our politicians and bureaucrats. I
have heard so many times the manufactured saying "Money talks" and I get a bit sick as I
continue to hear it once more. Money talks is not part of our natural languaging, money talks
is a brainwashed expression of our regressive leadership.



Dr. Pierson

When Minister of Health Pat Atkinson raised medical fees and put some $4 million for the
retention of medical specialists she showed her misunderstanding of the health care problems
of her own making. Dr. Pierson, a medical researcher at the University of Saskatchewan, has
stated "It's meaningless to have a specialist without equipment and it's meaningless to have
equipment and a specialist without space. It's a multi-faceted problem. Salaries really are
the least important reason people are leaving(2)" So, we want to remind Pat Atkinson of the
natural saying "Money talks, B.S. walks(3)"



mandatory voting

Another misunderstanding of our leadership is in their continuing placement of statutory laws
to enforce our democratic will. So, we have the Chief Electoral Officer, Jean-Pierre Kingsley,
who in acknowledging the continuing lower turn out of voters in the elections has expressed
his intention to support mandatory voting and save our democracy. Jean-Pierre Kingsley has
stated "Sometimes, in order to save democracy, you have to do things that might seem to run
a little bit against it(4)"




Our leaders want to have consolidated health records for any citizen of Canada(5), they apply
the economic philosophy that "Money talks," and now they want to force our democratic values
by legislation. And you tell me my readers if this is the appropriate language we deserve from
our leadership and if this is democracy. And I question the sincerity of our leaders when they
say they want a new vision of health care(6). How can you have a new vision of health care or
any vision when our governments continue to preach a policing environment, when our
governments apply the "Money talks" philosophy, and when our own governments are
visualizing a mandatory voting legislation in the absence of constitutional parties and
constitutional bureaucracies?
  List of relevant political and economics articles
  Quote by Donella Meadows "challenging a paradigm is not a part-time job. It is not sufficient to make your point once and then blame the world for not getting it. The world has a vested interest in, a commitment to, not getting it. The point has to be made patiently and repeatedly, day after day after day" The Global Citizen,


Books by Peter M. Senge




Money not answer to keeping specialists, CBC Saskatchewan, December 22, 2000




The Cluetrain Manifesto: The End of Business As Usual, (The New Marketplace: Word Gets Around) by Christopher Locke, Rick Levine, Doc Searls, David Weinberger, February 2000 Perseus Books; ISBN:0738202444 Also refer to:




Election chief warming to mandatory voting, Tim Naumetz, December 19, 2000, Southam News




Taking away our freedom: Health Records and SHIN, by Mario deSantis, December 21, 2000




Lack of vision, unstable funds hurting health care: SAHO, by Barb Pacholik, December 5, 2000, The StarPhoenix, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan