I believe the above quote accurately reflects the obliviousness to the nature of our situation here in the Crowsnest Pass by many establishment types living here, who are in some cases fourth or fifth generation.
Yesterday, I had a conversation with one of these people that did not go very well, as this person from the get-go misconstrued my earlier email to him of that day as an insult, rather than a statement of fact. My email attempted to point out to him the fact that the number one issue of parents in this community with their school board was the recent busing issue. Email campaigns were launched, letters to the editor, protests, etc. people were outraged and at the end of the day he and they were thwarted in their attempts to force their trustees to change their new transportation policy with respect to this issue. On behalf of this group, I even posted a letter of theirs to the school board here, in a show of support.
So with the above in mind it came as a shock to me to find out that on Nomination Day for School Board Trustees two people (one an incumbent) got in by ‘Acclamation’. There will be no election, no field of candidates, no debate or discussion of the issues (or repercussions over the busing issue) affecting education in the community. Complacency and apathy it would appear have reared their ugly head again, and I stated as much to this individual in my email and subsequent telephone conversation with him.
I also pointed out to him my belief that we could probably expect as much from him and his establishment cronies with our upcoming municipal election, which would be truly sad and pathetic but in keeping with their actions of the past. In closing I said,
Is it any wonder we have the problems we do here with so much complacency and apathy?
Give your head a shake, boy! Then get out there and make a difference by getting involved by standing up for much needed and long overdue change in this community.
Support and vote for someone who has for years been on the front line fighting on behalf of those who can’t… or won’t!
This person told me in so many words that he found municipal politics ‘boring’ and ‘trivial’ and as such, ‘beneath him’. While at the same time voicing his expectations that all candidates should make the effort to drop by and visit with him personally, to win his vote, while he himself does nothing by way of working for or supporting anyone himself, by volunteering his time and/or making a campaign contribution, either in cash or in kind. Its all about ME, ME, ME with these people. Never about what they can do and contribute for the greater good of the community as a whole.
Knowing this person and his kind as I do, the real sadness and truth of the matter is despite all their rhetoric and grandstanding, at the end of the day they do not even have the will or moral integrity to stand up for their beliefs and convictions. Instead, they make no waves and vote as a block for one of their own… like the sheep they are. And this is why a mayor such as we have had for so long was able to stay in power, and run this community into the ground for most people living here, but not for these privileged few. These privileged few who are secure and well-healed wanting for nothing, whose businesses and lifestyle have been protected from outside forces by their establishment friends, know nothing and care even less about those in our community who struggle every day with unemployment, lack of opportunities, nepotism and cronyism, the high cost of living, inadequate or non existent public transportation, affordable housing, seniors’ housing, those having to live on fixed incomes such as the disabled and seniors, etc., etc. They are oblivious to the wants and needs of those who live under their very noses because they are to self-absorbed in their own little world and with their own class to see all the harm and devastation that has resulted because of their complacency, apathy and/or indifference. “Let Them Eat Cake”.
In summary, the time has come for the great ‘unwashed’ among us to come forward and be the change we want to see in this community. Support those running who reflect your issues and concerns and who will work in your best interest… not just theirs and their establishment friends only.
On October 18, vote JOHN PRINCE For MAYOR
Only the shallow know themselves.