Mayoralty Candidates need ‘guts to be unpopular’

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.

from John Prince
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19 Responses to Mayoralty Candidates need ‘guts to be unpopular’

  1. Anonymous says:

    We the people are the root of the problem here. Call us sheeple, ostrich’s, or just plumb dumb – it is we who vote them in and then sit back and let them feather their own nests, or make a mess of things. Who we’ve been electing hasn’t been working for us. I like your passion and commitment to this place John, you will get my vote.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Passion and commitment to this place. Yes, John has shown us that. What more can we ask for?

    4:04, I second your comment, and there is another 2, possibly 4 votes for John here. (Two, I am sure of, two more who I know will be asking for my advice, so I will do my best to convince.)

  3. Anonymous says:

    anon 4:29 That is exactly what it will take for John to get elected. Those that truly believe John is the man have to convince friends and relatives of this. If enough followers convince others he has a chance.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Not the way to get the unsure to vote for you. Those who aren’t for you don’t really care if they get on your team or in your favor if you win.

  5. John Prince says:

    There is some good in this Crowsnest Pass, and its worth fighting for.

    For those already on my side like you three above, thank you! For those who will join us soon, thank you. And for those others who hesitate or are unsure, remember “If you’re absent during our struggle, don’t expect to be present during our success.”

    If enough of us pull together we can do it. We can take back our community from those who serve them and their kind only, at our expense. It’s time government started working for us the people, rather than we for them with nothing in it for us.

    We can make it happen. We just need to stick together. Together, we’ll take it back… and move forward as one!

    JP

  6. Anonymous says:

    John
    Remember what OBAMA said.
    Yes we can and we will.
    WE the People will deside our future using the local Municipal Council to work for us not themself.
    We the people POWER will dictate to the next council what they should be doing for us serve not dictate.
    We the people of this Community will convince John to be our SAVIOR elected or not.
    We will find the way to accontability/Transparacy with John manager of a Society that can raise money legaly to make this community a better place for all of us.

  7. Sasha JaegerBaird says:

    John – I totally agree with you that we need a good solid middle ground. It needs to be somewhere between changing everything and going nowhere fast.

    We can not live in the past, however the changes that this council has implemented have been a case of far too much, way too fast.

    Other than the obvious clearly unwanted changes, the biggest issue I see is that they went ahead and changed things without regard to the public’s input.

    Councilperson’s are supposed to be representative’s of the people. They are to listen to the people and be their voice.

    The Mayor is just supposed to be the head of that body of people’s representative’s, not the dictator.

    We need good leadership. We need a council that are made up of a good range of the people who live within this valley. We need some business owner’s and home owner’s, men and women, retired and the working class, younger and the life-experienced. We need real people who know what hard times are like and what needs to be done to get through them. We need people who can think for themselves and respect others. We need like-minded people however they do not always have to agree with each other. That is important because we need to have people who will look at all side’s of a situation and find common ground. Even if it is to agree to disagree. We need open minds and open hearts. We need council people who will listen to the people of this valley and be their voice.

    We do NOT need more of the same. We do NOT need more educators or the upper crust/elite. We do NOT need any more of the current status quo. We especially do NOT need people who can not think for themselves. We do NOT need people who are lead around by the hooks in their noses and told how things are going to be.

    We need strong independent thinkers. Mover’s and shakers. People who are not afraid to get their feet wet, but of course by making sure they are doing right by this community.

    This is just one person’s opinion. Mine.

    I hope to take that with me to the poll. I will mark my X for the people that I feel are going to lead us in the right direction and be our voice. You can count on that.

    – Sasha

  8. John Prince says:

    Sasha,
    Good to hear from you again and thanks for sharing your thoughts, which I’m happy to say has us on the same page.

    “We need open minds and open hearts.”

    If more people here would simply do that, including qualified candidates, that’s all it would take to get our community back and start moving it forward.

    Thanks for making your voice heard here Sasha. I hope more readers here start to follow your example.

    JP

  9. Anonymous says:

    Sasha,
    All I can say is BRAVO! You are the best guts, common sense. You have my vote, you better run. I see you and John on the next council keeping every one in line. No secret talks, everything above board, in the open. The people that pay the bills are informed what they are buying. SIMPLE. Not after the deal is done before it close no surprises.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Sasha, well thought out and presented. It’s nice to see a rational post without name calling, and you still get your points across. Hope you run and win.

  11. Anonymous says:

    JOHN WHY DON’T YOU SHIT OR GET OFF THE POT…DECLARE YOUR INTENTIONS REGARDING A SEAT ON COUNCIL OR THE MAYORSHIP AND TAKE YOUR CHANCES LIKE THE REST OF THE CROWD.

  12. Doomsayer says:

    Anonymous @ 11:24 AM

    Duhh!!!!
    Short of the official nomination, John has made it abundantly clear he intends to pursue this to the bitter end regardless of the result.
    You want it official, meet with John, then go fill out the paperwork to nominate him.

    In the meantime, Piss off!!

    “In a time of deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”
    ― George Orwell

  13. Anonymous says:

    Yes, I agree. NO guarantees in life you know.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Do you need a nomination????

  15. Doomsayer says:

    To Anonymous at 12:27 PM

    “Do you need a nomination????”

    As per: http://www.crowsnestpass.com/component/search/?searchword=elections&searchphrase=all&Itemid=68

    1. Welcome Home
    (Uncategorised)
    … about Municipal Elections 2013 ELECTION KEY DATES Monday, September 9, 2013 – Nomination Forms will be available Monday, September 23, 2013 10:00 am-noon Nomination Day Monday, October …

    As Per:
    http://www.municipalaffairs.alberta.ca/1476.cfm#Q25

    How many signatures are required on my nomination papers?

    You must have at least 5 signatures of electors eligible to vote in that election. A city with a population over 10,000 may by bylaw, require that up to 100 signatures are required. Section 27, Local Authorities Election Act.

  16. Anonymous says:

    11:24
    Why don’t you stop shouting and ranting and get a life? Why don’t you be fair, and go after all the others who haven’t declared yet, why don’t you? Doomsayer said it right Piss off!!!

  17. Anonymous says:

    11:24
    Whose the rest of the crowd?

  18. Anonymous says:

    As long as some specialized class is in position of authority, it is going to set policy in the special interests that it serves, but the conditions of survival, let alone justice, require rational social planning in the interests of the community as a whole.

    For these reasons John I support you. Hope you run, good luck!

  19. Anonymous says:

    I will vote for any candidate that proposes to change the name of the Pass to Southpark if elected.

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