Democracy is calling all Canadian citizens to action.
It has been abused and stripped of its power – it needs its people.
This area of my site is dedicated to:
Creating awareness of what democracy is and how important it is that citizens are actively involved, because everything our government does directly affects us all.
It has come to my attention that the cornerstones of democracy in the business of both my province and country have been disintegrating before my very eyes for some years .
As a bookkeeper, I know the tell-tale signs of poor financial management when cutbacks become the norm in a company’s business practices.
- what’s terrifying, is when all you hear about the company is cutback after cutback being necessary to offset a huge financial deficit.
- what’s even worse, is when these cutbacks are directed towards basic social services that a healthy society requires, like medical and educational programs.
- what’s even more terrifying, is when those same cutbacks are then redirected to fill the bottomless pockets of the fancy pants elite government officials that created the debt.
The sign then is one of corruption, which is a component of every other political regime except democracy: authoritarian, totalitarian, dictatorship, et al. These alternative political systems are represented more in parliament today than at any other time – and the signs are very clear.
In all fairness, to some degree we didn’t have knowledge of the underhanded undertakings being usurped by our unscrupulous upper echelons, mainly because most were simply not aware. Now we have awareness through social media and stronger activism, but mainly because the system is clearly failing the people.
This is where I see that the need for the awareness and involvement of many more citizens is crucial and the call to action for all citizens is to:
- Embrace the components of liberal (high-quality) democracy as a way of life and build on them
- Stop the authoritarian political direction our current government is taking itself and the people
- Demand the Rules of Law in democracy from each and every political figure
- Guard against regression into an outdated fundamentalist mindset
- Strengthen our democratic diplomacy by fostering fortitude in others
As an individual, I have been guilty of avoiding any involvement in politics in the past, because I was led to believe my only part was to vote and if the wrong person got in there was nothing I/we could do. Also, I was deluded into thinking that government officials were supposed to be competent at the job the citizens hired them to do through the voting process. I figured my job was to take care of my family and community, and the government was capable of managing their job of distributing my tax dollars in the people’s’ best interest, but I was wrong – go figure.
Now, I know better and am backtracking to catch up on all things democracy*. Beyond the common non-sense in what I see happening on the political scene and voicing my common sense opinion, I am learning what I can do more than just voicing and voting: I’m learning what the best political picture should look like and how I should feel when I look at it.
As a writer, I am sharing what I learn in layman’s terms so that everyone can understand how this system is supposed to work and attempting to transform the taboo of talking about politics into a yahoo of sharing high ideals for the common good.
About the logo
|Designed democracy logo from Adinkra Symbols of West AfricaA small circle at the center with two large ellipses on either side meeting at the edge of it by arrow points at top and bottom.
This symbol represents: Participatory Government, Democracy and Pluralism. I added the Maple Leaf for the Canadian touch.
About the course
|*If you want to learn everything about democracy in the free online course offered by Stanford University go here:
This course is 11 weeks long and the current one, which I’m in started Oct 5, 2013.