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An Open Letter to People Who Don’t Vote

vote hereYou suck.

Seriously. You do.

Today after work I made the effort to go vote. I know, living in a democracy and having the inconvenience of another ‘errand’ after work is awfully demanding.

There were no protestors blocking the entrance, and there was no funny business going on with vote tampering that I could see. No one coerced me into voting for a specific candidate. Nope.

Despite the recent assault on our country, the polling station here in my urban community was a pretty unthreatening place to be. If we don’t get a little more passionate about the way our country is led, this could soon change.

Like most citizens, I feel a bit beleaguered by the egoist, party-favouring politicians we have today. As much as I do feel that my vote is one of the lesser of two, maybe three evils, I still vote. After all, if I don’t like it, I can always throw my hat in the three-ring-political circus we call Canadian democracy.

If, like many people during the past provincial and federal elections you want to protest the whole shamozzle, you have the option of protest-voting, or declining your vote. That is to say, that when you’re handed your ballot, you accept the ballot, and then hand it back to the over-paid person sitting on the other side of the table, and they must register your vote as ‘declined’.

During the last election, this got quite a bit of attention. There was a clear message sent to our government that citizens were getting fed-up with their antics.

This is not going to be a finish-your-dinner-because-there-are-children-starving-in-China rant. No. What it is, is a list of rights you give up when you choose not to vote.

You give up the right to;

1) Pollute public aural space with your uneducated and ignorant opinions having anything to do with our country.

2) Pay respect to our veterans. By not voting you metaphorically spit in their face.

3) Bitch, whine, or moan about what social services you have available to yourself and  your loved ones.

4) Say anything about any kind of tax or the way public money is spent.

5) Live and work in a culture that is free from discrimination of any kind.

6)  Publicly funded education and all income support programs

7) Any international respect that comes with being a Canadian.

8) Call yourself a Canadian.

People who don’t vote,  roll out the welcome mat for the destruction of democracy. They perpetuate a dangerous apathy that has eroded our national values.

If you didn’t vote, or register your ‘declined’ vote, I feel behooved to tell you that you suck.

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Lest We Forget

Today was Remembrance Day in Canada. We wear poppies sold by the Canadian Legion, and honour our military, past and present, with a moment or two of silence at 11am.

My kiddo and I attended a local parade and cenotaph wreath ceremony.

As the trumpet solemnly wailed the final  notes of The Last Post, three old war planes flew overhead in perfect formation. The crowd bowed their heads in silence, and we paid our respects.

Today is not only a national day to ‘Remember’ our war heroes. It is a day I remember my Grandmother, a woman, who against all odds not only survived, but thrived in the world.

So, it came naturally to me to think of the women who have fought for our freedom here in Canada and around the world. I thought of the women who serve in the military, and the women who stay home and keep us sane when the world has gone mad.

Women lead with an organic sense of compassion and courage. We are ferocious nurturers.  We need to love one another, and stand united. Whether it be in war-time or peace time, women, united have an incredible power to effect change.

In a Globe and Mail article today about sexual economics, columnist Margaret Wente, argued women need to hold out on their lovin’ to make this generation of young men strive to ‘be more”.

Before we waste the  talents of our young women mothering men of the same generation, we need to foster our own courage and be compassionate to the other women in our lives. If we do that, we automatically are courageous and compassionate about helping one another in our roles as women, wives, mothers and daughters.

During great wars, it has been women at home who have sacrificed and fought to maintain  stability for families and nations.

Today I bowed my head in honour of our fallen soldiers, the ones who have survived, and the troops we have defending Canadian democracy around the world.

I also remembered that I am a woman who comes from a long line of women. Courageous, compassionate, and ferociously loving.