Sunday, 27 March 2011

Canada Votes ... Again!!!

Well the newspapers are calling for yet another federal election in May of this year. "Historic parliamentary defeat marks start of federal election battle." So ran the headlines. The whole thing would be kind of funny, if it wasn't so sad.

"Canadians are being asked to pick their poison as the country heads into its fourth election campaign in seven years," says the Lethbridge Herald on Saturday March 26, 2011. That's about it! The whole thing is about not much more than picking the type of poison we want. It's been reduced to picking the "lesser of the evils" rather than voting for someone based upon an informed decision.

So what happened? As I understand it, and correct me if I am wrong, the opposition parties voted against the proposed new budget, thus effectively causing a non-confidence motion in the elected government. If the government receives no support, then it falls and an election is imminent.

So do Canadians want another election? Most likely do not. It would serve the parties who voted against the budget right if Canadians, or at least those who still bother to show up at the polls, punished them for this mess by not voting for them and returning the former conservative party back into power with a majority, or at least with more seats than they had before. Nobody wants another election, other than perhaps the opposition parties themselves.

Sure, as a democratic nation it is our right and our responsibility to vote. If past elections have taught us anything, however, they have taught us that a growing number of people now vote by their absence at the polls. People don't care anymore. The whole thing has become a joke! Nobody even knows what the issues are anymore. Why? Because of all the bickering and name-calling by the politicians. If they could stop the slandering each other for any length of time, then perhaps we could hear what they had to say about the issues. Perhaps then people might be interested once again enough to at least try to cast an intelligent ballot. But then once the election is over, and as they usually do, the elected politicians would simply turn up their noses at all their earlier promises and do whatever they want. In other words, during the election campaign, politicians will only say what they think you and I will want to hear in order to secure our votes. After that, they couldn't care less about the average voter. At least that is the perception of many today.

Maybe what we need is a new party (of sorts) to vote for. Maybe, as I have indicated on my Facebook bio, what we need is a Theocracy. Yes, I know the problems associated with mixing church and state, but I can't imagine them being any more serious problems than the current election problems. I also know that most people in this land do not share my interest in a form of government that believes itself to be based upon the law of God. Too many people today have too many different ideas as to exactly what that law is or should be. I know it would likely never work, at least not the way I imagine God would desire it to work.

So where do we go from here? Am I going to join the masses in boycotting the federal election? Probably not. I've lived in the third world and understand the importance of having the right to say my piece (like writing this) in freedom, a freedom and right that many in this world still do not have. So I will try my best to sort through all of the rhetoric and do my duty and exercise my right to cast an informed ballot, for the lesser of the evils, whoever that may be.

Will it make a difference? Probably not.

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1 comment:

  1. Will voting make a difference? I have to believe it will. Even if the person I vote for does not get a seat in parliament, that single vote adds to other and acts like a barometer of political thought in the country. That’s the way our democracy works.

    It’s a fairly good system but it has one major flaw: the majority rules. Yes, that is its strength as well, but what if the majority is wrong? The system, of soliciting votes from the populace based on election promises, is designed to draw out the selfish desires of individuals. People will vote according to what is best for their own little world and will not tend to vote for what is best for the country as a whole. So in essence, it promotes the cart pushing the horse as opposed to the horse drawing the cart to a predetermined destination.

    I am truly concerned about liberal thought in Canada. I used to vote Liberal until I realized what liberalism has done to our country. The nature of liberal thought is to be everything to everyone. That is, it feeds the “me first” or “look out for Number One” mentality. Canadian politics for the last forty years has mostly been “red”. In this time, the family unit (the most basic unit of society) has been eroded to practical meaninglessness. Simon And Garfunkel sang “I am a rock, I am and island” and that still expresses the culture of today:

    · People wanted to get divorced, so we simplified the divorce laws;
    · People wanted to live together without the commitment of getting married, so we introduced “Common Law”;
    · People wanted to live without the guilt of having to follow “The Ten Commandments”, so we took out the Lord’s Prayer in schools;
    · People wanted to not be under the control of their parents, so we allow children to leave home at 16 years of age;
    · People wanted to eliminate child abuse, so we introduced the Children’s Aid Society and taken away legitimate rights of parents to correct their children’s behaviour and labeled it child abuse.
    · People wanted parents to be responsible for the wayward children, so we introduced the parental responsibility act that applies to children under the age of 18;
    · People wanted control over their children and so we prevented teachers from disciplining children in class;
    · People wanted to avoid their responsibility to do school work and so we allowed them to drop out of school and encourage them with a welfare system that places few demands on applicants; and most recently,
    · People wanted to equate gay marriages with heterosexual marriages, so we allowed that too.

    Many, if not all, of these laws and changes in our society were fuelled by liberal thought and enshrined in eras of Liberal government.

    Is there any doubt why our children are messed up? Is there any doubt why we have increased crime rates?

    We have, by apathy, selfishness or lack of foresight, allowed these attacks on our society because we elected leaders who were not statesmen: men/women of integrity who have a vision for the country that upholds and strengthens the most basic unit of society: the family. Bricks that are not strong are useless in building houses. Families that are not strong are useless in building societies.

    OK, so I’ve ranted.

    Is it reasonable to be apathetic about voting? No. Our country depends on people making rational, well thought out voting decisions. We need leaders who have the internal fortitude, and yes the Faith, to stand up to what is right, even if the majority happens to be wrong on some things. The leader must be humble enough to listen to the concerns of the public, discerning enough to separate the wheat from the chaff and wise enough to act appropriately in a timely fashion. This is an awesome responsibility that is worthy of our prayers.

    Will voting make a difference? I have to believe it will.