Divide and Conquer
As a socio-political activist who religiously studies how governments interact with their citizens with respect to the sharing and (mis)use of power and having just finished reading another book on this subject by Noam Chomsky Understanding Power the one over-riding conclusion or realization I’ve come to is that governments and people in power LOVE to divide and conquer. I mean, it really is their modus operandi.
Which brings me back to the Pass and the recent release of the Municipal Inspection Report and its #1 recommendation of “dissolution”. Dissolution: the breaking up our community. Throwing us out into the sea like so much useless flotsam. All because Edmonton perceives us as being dysfunctional and argumentative, and too much trouble. Well, as someone who has since my council days been accused of having the very same characteristics I believe I am qualified to talk on this subject. :-)
In the eyes of the powers that be we are dysfunctional and argumentative, and too much trouble. That much is true. But the part they got wrong is in saying we have never come together as a community. That’s the part where they are completely out to lunch. As anyone who has ever lived here for any amount of time can vehemently attest to. Whether it be disasters (natural or man-made), emergencies, or whatever, our unique and distinctive five towns have always come together as one to collectively pull through. As what we will do again with this threat of dissolution coming from Edmonton. The fight they will have on their hands will clearly show them how very wrong their judgement on us is.
Edmonton may think along the lines of divide and conquer by splitting us up and scattering us to the four winds, but our “Mountain Freedom” Spirit cannot be so easily blown away, like dust in the wind. We will fight! Even if it means separation. Declaring ourselves an independent country “The Republic of the Crowsnest Pass”. Setting up toll booths at either end of our community and from these proceeds alone ensuring every man, woman and child living here will be wealthy beyond their wildest dreams.
Okay, I was only kidding…. or was I? :-)
Seriously, they want to divide and conquer us, because that’s what they do. We on the other hand are not going to let them. How we go about this depends on who we elect to the mayor and council chairs this time around.
Will it be the same old gang we have now who are largely responsible for this turn of events and who many think are in cahoots with Edmonton? Or will it be with another bunch of elite ‘good ole boys’ who can’t see beyond their own self-serving ways, caring ^not for the greater good of all in our community but only for themselves, as what they have so clearly demonstrated over recent decades in getting us into the mess we now find ourselves in.
No people, neither new school or old school are capable or willing to change their spots and do what is right for this community. They are both too territorial pitting one side of the community against the other in a never-ending Hatfield-McCoy feud. What is needed is bridge building, a new way of looking at things, and a new way of acting to fix that which is broken and in danger of being discarded like so much trash.
The “middle-way” as what I have been advocating is our only prudent course of action, if we want to finally get serious about fixing things here for once and for all.
United we stand, divided we fall!
The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it always to be kept alive.