“For God’s Sake, you got to give more power to the people,” is a nice plea. But to whom should we direct it? No politician elected to power will reduce their hold on power: the nature of power is corruptive. It deceives the holder into imagining that it is they who hold power, when clearly it is power which holds them, transforms them into caricatures of the persons they once were so effectively that they are unable to perceive the change. Everyone who gains power believes that this will never happen to them, that they themselves are the exception to the rule. There is no exception to the rule.
In Canada, we already know that electoral reform will never occur. Politicians might lie about it again, to our faces thousands of times. But it will never come to pass. We also now know that whatever the PMO does is now always ok if the PMO says it is ok. No legal recourse exists to challenge this. Elected leaders have now placed themselves above the law, and the interests of their party/team/gang ahead of the interests of the country. The people are not getting more power through electoral politics. Please. It can no longer happen.
Eugene Record (pictured) wasn’t really just another one of the Chi-Lites, he was The Chi-Lite. Eugene was the Ruben Nielsen (Unknown Mortal Orchestra) of his day, in that Eugene sings lead on most of the songs to which he wrote, or co-wrote, all music and lyrics; and he plays all the instruments on the records. This is no disrespect to Squirrel, Red and Marshall, who sing back-up, although I did cut them out of the picture, but come on, I was just trying to emphasize a point. Eugene was a genius. For God’s Sake (Give More Power to the People) (Brunswick, 1971) is the Chi-Lites’ most political record. Activism wasn’t normally Eugene’s thing. But everyone gets so fed up sometimes that they feel almost obliged to step it up some. For God’s Sake (Give More Power to the People) is the sound of Eugene getting radicalized. As a rule, The Chi-Lites were not political. This record is Eugene's one exception.