Of The People; For The People; By The People – Remember?

It’s a part of the culture in America. Individual achievement is rated more highly than collective effort.

Maybe it stems from the old idea of the American Dream: one man arrives on these shores with nothing, then, using his intelligence and abilities, rises to become President of the United States.

The problem with that idea, in practical terms, is the other 299,999,999 American citizens who don’t make President.

Let me illustrate what I mean.

We all know the total cock-up in New Orleans, created by Bush and the American government after Hurricane Katrina. Two and a half years after the disaster, many of the poorer areas remain uninhabitable. So much for FEMA, Federal Aid, and George Bush’s atrocious guitar playing while Louisiana drowned.

Disgusted by the plight of Louisiana residents, Frank Stronach invested $10 million of his own money into Magnaville, a 325 hectare site some 150 miles from New Orleans. Capable of housing 110 people, but designed to eventually accomodate 300, Magnaville is a mobile home community, each with three bedrooms, two bathrooms, air-conditioning, washer/dryers, and front and back porches. The site boasts a community center and basketball courts.

Residents of Magnaville live there rent free for five years. The only stipulation is they have to obey the rules. One of those rules is the residents have to be in, or actively seeking, work. To aid in that, Stronach is developing organic farming in the community and has negotiated with a large chain of natural foods supermarkets to take the produce.

All in all, it’s a great success story for people left with nothing after Katrina struck, and it’s all the brainchild of one man who was, as NBC Nightly News aptly commented, “Making a Difference”.

So Frank Stronach is an American hero. Except, he’s actually a Canadian business man. It’s why most of the residents of Magnaville don’t call it that at all. They’ve named it, “Canadaville”.

That doesn’t make Frank Stronach any less a hero. After all, he’s done what the American government failed to do. If one man can achieve so much, imagine how much more a really efficient government, properly organized and run, could have done for the people of Louisiana.

In many ways, Canadaville sums up the total ineptness and corrupt degradation of, not just the Bush administration, but of US governments back through the ages.

With a presidential election looming, take a good hard look at the pseudo-aristocratic riff-raff presented for your edification and eventual vote. Then ask yourselves the simple question:

Which one of these individuals can form a government that could do better than Canadian Frank Stronach, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina?

This will narrow the field considerably.

“Making a difference” is the real job of a government. It’s what the other 299,999,999 have the right to demand.

Read more about Canadaville HERE

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7 Replies to “Of The People; For The People; By The People – Remember?”

  1. That’s so uplifting in one way, RJ, and depressing in another, that in so many ways those in charge of the USA have turned out to be “broken reeds”. Not just the current collection of incompetents, but all (or most) of those in years past, as you have said.

    What an amazing man this is! I checked the Wikipedia entry about him. He was born in Austria, 1932 emigrated to Canada as a young man in 1954. Involved in all kinds of enterprises, all over the place.

    As for the coming election – there’s only one who fills the bill for me – Kucinich, and as we’ve commented before, he is a VERY long shot. I’m unlikely to be able to vote next year, though – once again due to a government department’s incompetence. 🙁

  2. Wow. Makes you wonder where our super rich sports stars, movie stars and retired CEO’s are also. Every Republican bitches about the government and wants them out of our lives, but where are they with their individual spirit and trickle down economics to solve problems when problems happen? Very inspiring. People making a million dollars a day could become famous and loved by a little kindness, no?

  3. I didn’t see anything about Bill Gates and Katrina, I know he has invested heavily in other humanitarian endeavours, and many others come to mind also. Perhaps anonymously which happens more often than not.
    As to the general comments on the lords taking care of the serfs? Never! (and I’m Irish so have personal knowledge!)

  4. By their fruits ye shall know them.

    Don’t worry, I havent suddenly ‘got religion’, but I can’t think of a more simple, straightforward and eminently apt phrase.

  5. Twilight – this country may one day be great again, but it won’t be until it stops demanding to be the greatest, using military muscle for the purpose. It will, only when it accepts being the “greatest” isn’t important. Until then the Kucinich’s of America stand no chance of being president.

    Flimsy – our “super rich sports stars, movie stars and retired CEO’s” should be paying taxes sufficient to finance what this Canadian is doing, but on a much larger scale. Dealing with catastrophe should never be left to fickle ‘charity’. Workers work hard in this country so their bosses can afford private jets and $20,000 desserts.

    Just occasionally one of Google’s ads is interesting 😉

    WWW – so pleased you’re back and getting better (I read your blog!). Yes, there is much historical evidence that capitalism only works for those near the top of the pyramid.

    TOB – the day you ‘get’ religion, is the day I join the Mormons! But the quotation is very apt.

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