Monday, February 16, 2015
New Cardinals: Many called, few chosen like the PAP
We have come to know him as the Pope who is allergic to political correctness with a penchant for being real.
Twenty new cardinals have been called and I assume the church need all its cardinals, old and new. But for the Pope to say, "put aside pride, jealousy and anger" some of them are at risk of not being chosen in the fullest sense in the end.
Now our cabinet ministers are also like the cardinals. All were called but few were chosen. However watching how they regularly close ranks to bully and protect themselves, I fear but who am I to judge, none might be chosen. Until citizens began to wake up, it was a great career (not calling) with the trappings of power, status and wealth. There was a time they were leaders and not servants. Now we forced them to be servants. Really, I am still not used to seeing them besieged and even afraid. Who will lead us when we really have reason to be fearful? Churchill? He is dead and not Singaporean to boot.
I have never met him but Pope Francis speaks to my mind, my heart, my whole being. I am confident I am not alone with this experience. On the other hand my PM cannot even speak to my mind. I pray for his successful prostate op but he is always looking for willing suckers only to discover in 2011 there were fewer than he counted the last time. He runs a morally corrupt system which in time must lead to punishable corruption. Already government sloppiness and corruption have gone up and our position for incorruptibility in the league tables have gone down.
His Law Minister cannot even tell from simple sense making that the MA rates for residential and commercial units cannot be the same. That is as easy to grasp as why children pay less eating at a buffet. I don't even need TOC or TRS whatever digging out the facts. Just use your head.
But that was used as a long sharp dagger into the WP, to make them look really bad, to deny them the $7 million grant for running their town councils. To fulfill LKY's warning that those who voted for the WP will live to repent. Residents of AHPETC, I hope you do not need to go next door to a PAP TC to throw your rubbish because your TC have no money to run the show.
Unless you had come through the fire, indeed they were all called but few are chosen.
Update: Feb 17 10:10 am
Blogging for myself and family I habitually do not make myself clear enough. I chose to compare the PAP with the millennial old Roman Catholic church to make the point that we cannot hope to do better than them in the long run. Our short run success of 50 years is partly due to luck but if we allow reversion to the mean, our present arrangement of the dominant PAP will produce leaders far lesser than what the RC could produce.
Someone in a comment reminded me of Abraham Lincoln words,
You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.
Adapted for our use, we can have the "perfect" government for only part of history and certainly not indefinitely.
In other words to stick with a dominant and increasingly corrupt PAP is to sign the death warrant for Singapore. It is not a question of if but when.
Posted by PengYou at 1:58 PM