Progress Has Been Made in Socio-cultural Affairs in the Past Four Years
We'll soon have another chance to define the country we are and hope to be. There is a national election Oct, 21. Time to seriously consider both large ideas and the practical laws which try to deliver on those large ideas.
It's not easy work, this business of deciding one's vote. But when neglected or corrupted by special interests, including foreign ones, we put our citizenship, for which many have died to preserve, on the back burner, and place the grand project of building a country worth living in, at risk.
I am dismayed when I learn that only 2 per cent of Canadians belong to any of five political parties, (that's where you have the most influence), and that just 60 per cent of us vote. That describes a lazy democracy.
A couple of observations: Cynicism should be rejected, and realism should be adopted. Human beings run this project and are forever susceptible to flaws, fatigue, pressure, naivete and self-interest. So, perfectionism as an expectation has to be jettisoned in nation-building. I salute the wry remark of the 19th century German chancellor, Otto Von Bismarck, who said, "Politics is the art of the possible, the art of "next best."
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