â€œIf you’re not a liberal at twenty you have no heart, if you’re not a conservative at forty you have no brain.â€ – Winston Churchill
Finished the book proposal… yay! Waiting now to hear back if it’s a go or not. Meanwhile I had my first meeting for the waterfront committee in town. That was interesting. I am the youngest person there, the only one with school aged kids and apparently the only one who doesn’t think we need a marina.
On to other things. The National Post seems to be helping Bridget DePape’s fifteen minutes of fame. She wrote an op-ed piece about how we should have civil disobedience. This is SUCH an opportunity lost. Instead of saying we should protest, why doesn’t she join a party and start working in the system. Our system of government is not broken, just needs some tweeking. The problem is people like DePape don’t think and take part in the system. They believe that they can protest and change the world because that’s what they’ve seen on TV. Arabs march in Egypt, they get changes. Well they didn’t really because they are still ruled by the Military, the same Military that kept Mubarrak in power for 30+ years and who supported Sadat before him. So really, there has been no change. You can vote out a government here in Canada. The Liberals were voted out, and at some point, the Conservatives will as be as well. If Ms DePape took part in the system, she could help that. But instead she’ll wave her stop signs and get to write op-eds in the National Post. Good job.
There have been a lot of people in the press saying the misguided assertion that 60 per cent of Canadians voted against the Conservatives, which I believe is incorrect. On election day therewere 24 million eligible voters, of which 14.7 million cast votes (61.3 per cent) and 40 per cent of those voted Conservative. That means that there were 9.3 million people in Canada who did not exercise their right to vote. I take the view that my grandmother instilled in me that if you don’t vote, you don’t have a right to complain about the government you have. I’ll take it one step further and say that if you don’t vote, you must be happy with the government you have. So in my opinion, those people did not vote because there was nothing they wanted to change or they wanted the status-quo. If those people wanted change from the then current government, they would have gone and voted at that time.
That means that the 9.3 million who didn’t vote, in reality, can be counted as well towards the 5.7 million who voted for the Conservatives for a total of 15 million votes FOR the Conservatives, or 62.5 per cent.
Next time, if people don’t like the government they have, maybe more will take the time out of their busy lives to vote.
Voting is a right that stems from Magna Carta, has been supported and defended throughout the centuries in our common British heritage and is something that should not be treated lightly.