Sunday, August 2, 2009

Is Blake Richards Competing with Baird and Poilievre as Biggest Self Promotor?

When Blake Richards, the Member of Parliament for Wild Rose Alberta, came to my backyard in Kingston Ontario, distributing taxpayer funded attacks ads; I visited his backyard, and what a mess.

This self-promoter could sure give John Baird and Pierre Poilievre a run for their money.

In fact if you read Poilievre's Wikipedia that he updates every few minutes (last time today) and Blake Richards' (last time July 28), they sound pretty much the same, focusing on 'charity work', committees and the like.

Richards was involved in a hockey game, which raised funds for his local community. This is a good thing and can be found in his local media if you google it. But is this a necessary part of his Wiki bio? It's not like he found a cure for cancer or heaven forbid, made an attempt to stop wasting our tax dollars (I had to throw that in because I'm so tired of these tax funded attack ads)

Swedish philosopher Emanuel Swedenborg once said that “True charity is the desire to be useful to others without thought of recompense” If Poilievre and Richards seek recompense in the form of political brownie points, it reduces their 'altruism' to simple narcissism.

All politicians engage regularly in charity work. It helps raise their profile in their communities, and creates a rapport with their constituents. However, cutting and pasting from your website to make yourself good is a little tacky.

But hang in their Blake. Maybe you'll steal the crown from John Baird and become Hill Times biggest self-promoter. Just think. Something new to add to your Wiki Wacki profile.

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