People, corporations, governments, and ‘society’ thrive in periods of certainty when daring bets produce great rewards, innovation finds its way, and markets reward the boldest and best creative solutions.
But everyone suffers in times of confusion – when nobody is clear, about anything, about anyone, about any future scenario playing out well.
Republicans and Democrats had conventions – their mostly plank-less platforms, founded on denigrating each other.
Meanwhile, in Canada, the prorogation of parliament sets stage for a new throne speech, which then sets the stage for failure of the Liberal minority government, leading then to an election call.
Bankrupt of character, governments may founder while drowning in debt and deficit – the rudderless banality of their rhetoric, insufferable – and that’s just this fall with elections, pending in the U.S. and inevitable in Canada. They’re out mixing it up on the campaign trails, cheque-book politics of virus management, unhinged protests, and politics, trivialized loss of life – media field day, the righteous indignation of right and left, of rich and poor, of weak and powerful.
Lack of vision, leadership, integrity, and trust on both sides of the 49th parallel where dueling-ideologies substitute for credible action dealing with an unprecedented collage of crisis upon crisis.
New hands or old ones, taking the wheel with little chance they’re capable of steering ships of state away from hazards. Next steps could easily be miss-steps in untold ways.
Life returns, albeit slowly, to something closer to that commodity formerly designated normal. Better treatments and a vaccine for that dreaded COVID-19 might be imminent.
However, there remains no cure for the common politician.