…. in the Crowsnest Pass.
Now that I have removed around 1900 daggers from my back, I’m ready to kick ass again here in the land of the Prince. :-)
Got a request yesterday from Christopher White from the Crowsnest Promoter who wants to do something similar to the Q&A’s candidates submitted to the newspapers here during the election, but dealing instead not with Q&A’s but with the thyme “Honouring The Democratic Process in the CNP”. He is asking each candidate who ran to give him their thoughts, in 300 or so words.
At first, I thought he was putting me on. After all, anyone wanting to avoid my supposed anger would be best to avoid asking me a question like that, right? :-)
Anyhow, once I found out he was serious I thought about it… and thought about it… and thought about it. Until I decided “the hell with this, just sit down and write”. Which is what I am doing now.
“Honouring The Democratic Process” WOW!!! Where do I begin?…
If the fix is always in is it still democratic?… If all you get here is decades of autocratic rule by the elite (Tossing out one set of bums for new ones just keeps giving us more of the same bums with different faces, right?) is that democratic?… “Where is democracy, for I think she has hid her face here in the Pass, for I do not see her?” Instead, I see a game played out over and over again, election after election with the same people working the polling stations. That game is the ‘facade and illusion’ of what is called the ‘democratic process’ here in the Crowsnest Pass:
- 300 plus people from a population of around 5850 attend a forum only one week after nomination day and a full three weeks prior to the election, answer 3 questions followed by a closing speech of 1-1/2 minutes. Chamber of Commerce provides 200 Candidate Packages containing CV’s
- Q&A’s in our local newspapers
- newspaper election ads
- election lawn signs scattered throughout our community of communities
- Meet & Greets by some candidates that for the most part are poorly attended
From this the people made their decisions? I think not! I think the majority of people relied on others to tell them how to vote, instead of doing their own homework and then exercising their own individual decision making process. In other words, most people here go along like sheep voting for who ‘others’ tell them to. Which explains how 73% of voters landed up voting in a Mayor who is a virtual unknown, having no council or municipal government experience, while at the same time voting out the gang of four (new school) and voting in a new gang of four (old school). It seems here in the Pass, “where all think alike, no one thinks very much”.
We are a closed society where money, power and ‘history’ (family) dictate how things are decided around here.
If and when things start to not go their way they release their dogs of war (The ‘rag’)… “For them democracy is no more than a bright tinsel wrapping to be torn off the moment it poses any real constraint around their freedom.” At the end of the day, the elite give marching orders to their individual community ‘mine bosses’ on who to vote for, and the message is relayed down the line. VOILA! DEMOCRACY IN ACTION IN THE CROWSNEST PASS!!
“Honouring The Democratic Process”… Yes Christopher, I think you ask too much when you ask me this?
UPDATE (Nov.06): For more on the above post with respect to the Promoter’s article, you can go here.
Democracy cannot be advancing if its parts are autocratic.