|Sissy123 wrote: |
I never thought I would see the U.S. in such a shambles but not surprised.
You see we started wrong dadnabbit! We are the original gangsters!
We used our weapons and by whatever means necessary, including murder, rape and tearing families apart to get what we wanted.
Then used the same techniques to build this country on the backs of people who didn't want to be here and who have never benefited from the wealth they created.
Those responsible for these atrocities are still in control and are running the show.
The laws written to disenfranchise so many have been written into our very constitution. The laws that govern us.
You're right! We are going to hell in a hand basket! And what amazes me most is that so many people like things just as they are.
The whole thing needs to be dismantled and rewritten and we both know that's not about to happen.
I do my small part and pray for us all.
Regarding voting and voting choice - the majority will get what they voted for, when all is said and done. You will have to deal with whatever the consequences may be – so no complaining. It is what it will be.
A piece of advice I have followed for decades, and that I learned from one of my mentors, is to look at all sides of the coin – listen to media outlets on BOTH sides, listen to politicians on both sides, be critical of Facebook and social media platforms because they only represent one side and a lot of it is based on belief, not fact - so that you will have a good understanding of what is truth and what is last minute rhetoric (and a few words I learned from the US – falsehoods and alternative facts.)
Research is paramount as your choice will depend on the quality of health care, education, infrastructure, etc. you will have over the next 4 years – possibly the next decade. Will you be one illness away from not getting health insurance because you had covid or diabetes etc. Will education be so expensive, only the rich qualify.
In Canada, I have voted for different parties depending on their platforms over the years. I am loyal to no one. Situations change over time. For instance, I am now more fiercely interested in alternative energy options and no longer in oil and gas – because it IS in my backyard (Alberta stood for big oil for years) and it IS polluting my dear province. I speak from direct experience. I know what the oil industry did to small towns, lakes and farming communities. I taught “Introduction to the Oil and Gas Industry” in trade schools for over a decade. I have facts now, not beliefs.
More importantly, when we have elections in Canada, I have to research to see what the Liberal, Progressive Conservative and New Democratic parties stand for. What does liberal or progressive conservative mean – not just my interpretation of what I think it means or what my neighbor or church league told me it means. Does the candidate truly represent the party platform? I think politicians should have lesson plans like teachers – and then be evaluated on their accomplishments – not just promises - just to get elected.
People voted for Pierre Elliot Trudeau (our current Prime Minister’s father) because he was charismatic and a “swinger.” What was his legacy after the dust settled? And that is another topic.
Does smart and good-looking go hand-in-hand. Beauty is only skin deep – is there substance as well. Just because someone is good looking, has nothing to do with their intentions, capabilities and past accomplishments. Good looking is not synonymous with smart.
I do not have to register for any party as my vote is secret – as it should be – even when l I mark that “X.” I have never contributed – money-wise – to any political campaign in Canada ever – we don’t have to. Money doesn’t determine who wins here. As an instructor, I value being respected over being liked. I come from a long family of political party representatives (both provincial and federal) and some, rather than represent their constituents, politic steadily until the next election – so in actuality, they did not work on my behalf. They were more concerned about what’s in it for them rather than what’s in it for the public.
That’s what public service is all about – serving the public.
I have hopes and wishes for your next election… as the results trickle down or up to Canada. I notice that we are adopting some unwelcome traits locally now – anger, ugliness, name-calling, putting women down, pure non-professionalism and lying (which is a religious sin according to my scant bible knowledge.) I teach Business Communication and putting emails in bold, underlined, all caps mispelled words means disrespect and screaming … like a toddler demanding attention. Is this a world I want for my children, where "your word stands for nothing." I remember writing in grade school about becoming the Prime Minister. Do our elected professionals, role model proper behaviour for our children
Sometimes the choice is difficult but I choose professionalism, honesty, knowledge, and empathy over all else. Afterall we are human beings. It is difficult to soar like an eagle when you are a vulture and you work with turkeys. I like to surround myself and work with highly qualified people – because they make me look good too.
Best of luck in your upcoming election. People from all over the world are watching.