It seems in this community anybody can ride on a family name or come from the lucky sperm club and automatically get elected as mayor here because of it, without any prior political experience or proven track record. All the qualifications you need is to be born here and you are in like Flynn and those ‘others’ with actual real qualifications and experience are not even considered.
What does one do in a situation like this, except throw one’s hands in the air and say “why bother?” Or, have the guts to be unpopular and tell it like it is in the hope more people will stop taking the kool-aid, take their heads out of the sand, and say “enough is enough”, “we ain’t going to take it anymore”, “we’re tired of this merry-go-round that takes us nowhere.” Nor are we going to keep listening to the excuses and smear campaigns against those the establishment types are afraid of, and who will do and say anything to keep certain people out, not of their class… or under their thumb.
Any mayoralty candidate in this municipality will have an uphill battle as now, more than ever in this once lovely community, we have a very wide divide between people. What we need is a candidate whose name says it all in being able to bridge the gap. Who has the vision, drive, determination, and motivation to press on even when feeling less than capable, because he has a firm understanding of the trials, mistakes, failures and successes of his community’s previous leaders.
We need someone to have the guts to be unpopular for a while, but politicians are like celebrities, they like to be popular and in the limelight.
That’s why we need a person with guts to change this community before it is too late. Some decisions will be unpopular, but we need to stop being so Politically Correct (PC) that the real issues are hidden. We need someone who can think outside the box and not just go with the flow by way of status quo.
Firstly, we need to realize that the speed and direction this present mayor took us on because of his lack of experience and understanding of this community and its people is not where we want to go. Nor, do we want to set the clock back with an equally inexperienced candidate having only one type of understanding (old school), either. There has to be a middle-way with someone who has both experience and understanding of what sits on both sides of the fence. Being no longer new school, nor old school either, but having a solid understanding of both schools of thought. Who has the skills, abilities and background to bridge that gap that presently divides us all.
Secondly, we need to stop being so insular and myopic in our understanding of who best can lead us, irregardless of family connections and whether one was born here or not. After all, most societies since the middle ages have done away with hereditary titles and bloodlines dictating entitlement rights to hold political office, and instead have gone the way of meritocracy, regardless of where you were born or what side of the tracks one comes from. I think it is time our community too caught up with the modern world, and maybe then we can start moving forwards, rather than continually falling backwards due to despotic and incompetent leaders.
It will take a brave politician to change this community. He will not immediately be popular with a lot of people. But we need to change the Crowsnest Pass before it is too late. For some this will mean taking medicine that tastes bad but is good for you. The question is will enough good people in this community muster up the intestinal fortitude to at least try by taking this medicine being offered to them by a middle of the road candidate? And thereby, save their community from descending even further into the abyss?
If we fix a lot of domestic problems, the rest will follow. A lot of people now don’t feel they have a stake in their community anymore but at the same time don’t want a return to the ol’ boys club with a mayor beholding to an ‘old school’ organization calling all the shots in the background. But we can get back to how it used to be by getting rid of PC nonsense, facing up to the facts, and not pandering and selling our community out to any special interest group having their own secret agendas.
We can make this community the proud place it once was with its well-known and much loved ‘Mountain Freedom’ spirit by simply getting off the merry-go-round and taking the medicine that is good for us. That medicine is… the ‘middle-way’.
The opposite of courage in our society is not cowardice, it is conformity.