Modern Political Views Fall Short Of The Original Mark...As election time comes around here in Canada, and with my mother constantly watching episodes of ‘The West Wing’ on DVD, my mind has been lately saturated by politics.
I have never been one for politics. Ever. Mostly because I have never understood them. However, I have also often felt that none of the political ideals or options were suiting to me. I came to a realization the other day, that I am a Canadian with Old-World American ideals.
In 1832, a young man by the name of Joseph Smith Jr. wrote 13 articles. 13 basic ideals of the Mormon faith. Throughout this commentary, I will quote a few of them in conjunction with my perspectives of ideals.
In 1776, the founding Fathers of the United States of America had come to a realization that freedom was something worth fighting for. Something worth uniting a nation for. This realization is something that both the American and Canadian people have come to forget.
In the 10 years in which I have been of age to vote, I have done so only twice. I admit it, I fail as a voter. Or is it, rather, that my government has failed in giving me the options which I, as a voter, seem to think we need? Remember, I know nothing of politics, they confuse me, so perhaps my perspective is naive.
However, in all my years of even having a shred or inkling of an idea of what the media has shown me concerning the world of politics, all I see and hear is bantering, slander, and constant bickering over a plethora of little things. Health Care, Gay Rights, Gun Control, Religious Freedom, Military Power, the legalization of a particular narcotic for which a political party has actually named itself.
How do all these really matter?
I agree that all are important topics of conversation, but in the grand scheme of running and managing nations that number in the tens-of-millions, something as wether or not a junkie should be able to smoke pot on the side of the road without fear of being arrested is really a minor and moot point.
There once was a time where Patriotism was the end-all of things in politics. Where a Nation needed to be united to earn it’s freedoms. Lately, all I see is Liberals attacking Conservatives, Republicans attacking Democrats, and an endless circle of political gunfire. How is this unity? How is this a Nation standing together as one?
In all reality, the name ‘United States of America’ really is an oxymoron.
In 1919, Former US President Theodore Roosevelt said, mainly in regards to immigration policies:
“In the first place we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the man's becoming in very fact an American, and nothing but an American...There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag...We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language...and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people."
And in 1917: "It is our boast that we admit the immigrant to full fellowship and equality with the native-born. In return we demand that he shall share our undivided allegiance to the one flag which floats over all of us."
We have room but for one loyalty, for one flag, one people, with an undivided allegiance. Democrats, Republicans, Conservatives, NDP’s, Liberals, Bloc Quebecois, Greens. Seems pretty divided to me.
Personally, I am none of these. I am Canadian. I believe we have all lost sight of that unity.
Today, I see Michael Ignatieff of the Liberal Party claim that no one speaks for that party but him, with a smirk and a grin on his face. Is he not taking this seriously? Is it just me, or does he seethe with greed?
Jack Layton can’t seem to say two words without risking an aneurism of some kind.
All the parties, save one, seem to talk about a dozen nit-picky topics, like healthcare, weed, and military power. All parties, save one, seem to refuse to talk about the Nation and its concerns, as a whole.
The Conservative party, while still not convincing me to be a die-hard advocate, at least mentions Canada as a whole in some fashion. They at least have me convinced that they see somewhat of a bigger picture.
Not to mention: they are the only ones with at least one thing positive to say. For that, this coming election, they will have my vote. Doesn’t mean I consider myself a conservative.
Let me tell you what I believe.
I believe as far as immigration goes, Teddy had the right idea. Come to out nation(s) and become one with us. Keep your culture, keep your faith, but remember that you now belong to the nation you have adopted, and there, your priority should be. If you are a Chinese, Indian, Japanese, Australian, or even American Immigrant coming into Canada, you must be Canadian. You are not Chinese, Indian, Japanese, Australian, or American. You are Canadian. Your loyalty should be to other Canadians first and foremost. Your loyalty and devotion is to the Nation you now call your own. This includes learning the native language: English or French. If I moved to India, you bet your hide I would be trying as much as I could to learn Hindi. If I moved to Tokyo, I would learn Japanese. Americans and Canadians, in fact, seem to enjoy the learning of new languages. Why can immigrants not respect their new Nations enough to learn how to properly communicate within them. It is a blatant disrespect, and that is the sorry truth. You may think me racist or heartless, but it is a true fact.
Immigrants who come to our great Nations seem to prioritize peoples of their origin before the peoples who have sheltered them from the evils of this world. Indo-Canadians will be more biased towards other Indo-Canadians before anyone else. This is a natural instinct for anyone. I should know. I lived in the State of Pennsylvania for 2 years, and felt a natural kinship with any other Canadian I came across. There is nothing wrong with that, with feeling closer to someone than another because of your national histories and ethnics. It is wrong, however, to make those ethnics a priority above your own Nation who has opened its doors to you.
Article of Faith 12: “We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law.”
Do we obey, honor and sustain the laws of our nation?
I believe, as far as gay rights are concerned, that I do not need to like the idea. I do not need to support it. And I don’t. I am a Christian man, and I believe it is not natural, nor sustained by God. However, I do believe that men and women are given the gift to choose from God Himself. I respect their right to choose, and I leave it at that. After all, are the Nations of Canada and the United States of America not ba
Article of Faith 11: “We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may.”
This can be applied to any freedom of choice. Let Gays practice how, where and what they may, and I will claim the same privilege. However, I do not need it shoved in my face as I walk down one of the most popular streets of my home city in a parade. After all, if I tried the same thing with a ‘Straight-Pride’ parade, the Gay community would be up in arms and take it straight to legislature with the complaint of oppression and mockery.
Article of Faith 13: “We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul--We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.”
I believe that drugs cause problems, even presc
During the 1st and 2nd World Wars, the Nations of Canada, and the US, were united within themselves against the cause of oppression. In 1969, the United States was once again united as Neil Armstrong set foot on the Moon. During the 2010 Winter Olympics, Canada was united as a whole as we took Home-Turf Gold Medals for the first time in History. Why does it have to come to that? Why do we have to come to large, extreme circumstances to unite under a single flag?
If I travel anywhere in the world, and come across another Canadian, we see each other not as a Liberal and a Conservative, but as a Canadian. Why have we lost sight of that in almost any democracy?
The United States of America and Canada have become the Nations of “Please, sir...I want some more.” Twin-Nations of snotty and whiny brats who stomp their feet and scream and cry when they don’t get their lollypops. Twin Nations where everyone thinks they can do better than the next guy.
The United States in particular seems to be a Nation that habitually Crucifies every President they have ever elected since the time of Kennedy.
Where are the FDR’s of the world? The Churchills? The Washingtons, Franklins, and Lincolns? Where are the noble men in the world who realize that righteousness is what the world needs. Where men with good hearts, with kindness and love are needed?
In the histories of man, we have had examples like Christ, Ghandi, Buddha, who showed mankind certain ways of living. Ways of living that even Christians and Buddhists seem to either ignore, or selectively ‘forget’.
Politics once were a subject of “How can we make our Nation greater? How can we better serve the people?”
Now, all there is, are things like: “The President/Prime Minister is a screw up, and I’m better! He should not have been elected, elect me!”
Or, from the people’s perspective: “We elected you...and we hate you!”
From the Declaration of Independance: “Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes;”
So ask yourself: What are the causes for which you stand? Are they light and transient? Are they self-serving, or Nationally serving?
Again from the Declaration: “But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same ob
Stephen Harper has had a vote of no-confidence against him. Why? Has he abused and usurped? Has he designed to reduce Canada to a Despotism?
While the news would have me say that he has claimed the current government is to be called the “Harper Government”, I have seen no such evidence, nor heard such tales except from Smear-Ads put forth by the Liberals.
Basically, in short: Wake up, and grow up, people! You have “exercised” your rights to freedom to such an extent that you have fallen so short of the mark as to miss the idea of a free and united nation in the first place! There is a bigger picture, and whining like little brats who didn’t get the biggest present under the Christmas tree.
Oh, and one more thing. Canada and the USA were formed under Christian Principles, and as Christian Nations. You may not be christian, you may not even be religious by any means. That is your right, and your privilege of a free nation. A Nation who has accepted you for who you are. To abolish and demand that the Nation change it’s perspective on the very causes, morals and ideals upon which it was founded is a selfish and traitorous mindset.
“True Patriot love, in all Thy Son’s command.” Our National Anthem speaks directly of Jesus Christ.
“In God We Trust”. Motto of the American Government attesting that there is a being who is greater than even they. If you ask me, that is a very humble way of thinking.
We are a Christian Nation, and we Speak English. You don’t have to like it, you don’t have to support it. But you do have to deal with it. Just like we need to ‘deal’ with and accept homosexuality and other such “Political Incorrectnesses”.
Politically Correct? Throw it out the window. It is time we become more tolerant of other people and their faiths and beliefs, and respect those who we have chosen to lead us, and do not tread all over the very foundations of the ideals upon which the great Nations of both Canada and the United States of America were founded.
You are welcome to your own ideals, your own faith, your own morals and beliefs, but the moment you begin to push those upon an entire Nation, you are no better than King George himself from whom the United States fought a bloody war to declare their own independance.
Try to change the nation from the very bottom and tread upon the very Bill of Rights, Declaration of Independance, and the American Constitution...the original constitution, is a slap in the face to the men and women who not only wrote them, but also fought and died for them.
Now I know that I refer in these examples the laws that govern the US and not Canada, but one would be ignorant to not recognize that Canada itself follows in very similar beliefs and ideals. As does any other Democracy.
Again, wake up, shut up, and grow up. Politics are not about all the squeaky wheels that get the grease. They are not about the little kid that wanted grape instead of a cherry-flavored leader. They are NOT about who thinks themselves better than the other.
They are about best serving the people, and uniting the nation under a single cause and under a single banner. If your motives are for ANY OTHER THING you need to shut your mouth and go back and read the United States Declaration of Independence.
It is inspired, it is righteous. While it may not be Canadian, it is something to aspire to.
"...we demand that [the citizen] shall share our undivided allegiance to the one flag which floats over all of us."
We have room but for one loyalty, for one flag, one people, with an undivided allegiance. I am Canadian. I believe we have all lost sight of that unity. So have the American people.
Our freedoms have caused us to lose sight of everything, and we are left fighting and bickering amongst ourselves and are left to the open mockery of the rest of the world! We are no longer strong. We are no longer family.
Time to wake up and get back to our roots.
Again, call me naive. Call me ill-educated. Say I don't know what I'm talking about. Debate with me if you like. But you know its all true.
LeftCoastCANUCK 26-30 2 Responses 3 Apr 6, 2011