RECORED AND MIXED AT OMEGA SOUND FORT SMITH, ARKANSAS
I am unaware of the origins of the phrase “going through the motions”, but I’m sure Islanders understand its meaning: to do things insincerely or in a cursory manner.
After a couple of sessions in the House, where we literally and metaphorically “go through the motions”, I am increasingly convinced that the origins of the term are political.
In the recent election, Islanders expressed their deep desire for real change, and I share their hope for the dawning of a new attitude in politics; one which is more collaborative, less partisan, and represents a better, more productive type of discourse. Of a House more in line with how it was originally conceived, where Members, who are first and foremost representatives of their constituents, bring forward legislation and motions, and a productive, open debate leads to the development of the best ideas to solve the many problems we face.
Instead politicians in Parliaments everywhere are often just “going through the motions”.