For every action, there is a reaction.
There is no reaction if there is no action.
Change requires action.
Action oxygenates our communities.
Communities need change.
Change means rising UP!
Communities need action for reaction.
Communities need change.
Change is the only antidote to apathy.
Apathy IS the poison choking our communities.
Apathy is the refusal to change how we think and how we feel. IF we have the incentive to make a shift in our thinking and in our feeling, then we have the energy to ACT.
Politics is in my blood. It was liberally poured into conversations around the dinner table from my earliest memories. Daily newspapers and weekly magazines were always within reach. I grew up in a household where you got involved, and you knew the issues, municipally, provincially, federally. There was a great deal of respect for the political process. The majority of politicians were revered and it was felt to be an honourable pursuit.
As an adolescent, my interest grew as I got involved in various campaigns. Quickly, I felt the thrill of an election campaign.... how it could completely consume you into a world of action and strategies, of comraderie and a sense of empowerment that you could be a part of change. Policies, opinions, all Candidates nights, door to door campaigning, putting up signs, plotting, fundraising, finding the tempo and the key issues............the cheering, the competition...... the standing up for your beliefs and sharing your voice... supporting a candidate and being right there for the whole story to unfold .... it was all a part of the FUN!
I joined a political party in my early twenties, one that wasn't the same as my parents. I was following my own opinions and perspectives and it was through this choice that I met my future husband. I joined because I had an unrelenting sense of idealism and a hunger to learn more, to be involved, to take a stand. Why, because it all felt like it would matter.
Since then, I have jumped into the backroom planning fray every once in a while, helping out a few candidates. Normally, i have been involved in coordinating the "big day" of a convention. It challenges the "event planner" in me as well as the bossy girl persona I can dredge up at any time.
It is such a buzz to direct a speech demonstration....timing it right down to the second, making sure the music kicks in and the placard waving supporters know where and when to march the candidate up to the stage. The pre-convention planning meetings with folks who also thrive in that environment, who have the same strong convictions for the candidate, but who also LOVE a good chewing debate over issues, policies, strategies fuel me with good energy. To be a part of change........ to be a part of a movement..... of moving forward is such a BUZZ!
Fast forward to where I sit today. I can't say that I havent thought about running for office every once in a while. Some days the desire is strong. I have these blips of believing I could make a difference at that level of power. My brain is wired in a way that I can read the nuances of how government works.... Critical thinking and analysis of stories, situations, policies, problems continue to be my preferred way of stretching my brain muscles.
But, something has changed in the past couple of years. As soon as I ponder this thought, I quickly JUMP right out of it, with a taste of disgust in my mouth. There is no sense of reverence for our elected members. Whatever honour was attached to dedicating one's career to this political arena has been trashed by everyone involved........ be it the elected official, the backroom gangs, the talking head media and biased journalism, the demanding public. The whole atmosphere of entitled individualism........ the sense of "what's in it for me" has inevitably altered the way we look at our government. AND, it has also moulded the type of people who come forward to be elected.
Like many many others, my thinking and feelings have been scabbed by the lack of integrity and maturity found in the once revered legislatures of our country. The very idea of running for office, or even getting involved with these type of interactions.... where posturing, and pendantic behaviour is the order of the day escapes me. Good honest Samaritan principles, which once were the cornerstone of our political system have evaporated. I see it, hear it, read about, feel it every single day.
Either you observe a raving lunatic giving the middle finger salute and calling someone a punk during Question Period or you hear once again that yet another lightweight who is good at senseless pomposity, but can't for the life of him advocate or even abide by his promises or you learn about infidelity, frauding, or simply trying to do a sitspin to cover his ass! Or, what about the chest thumping "I care about this place" people who RUN for the HILLS if anyone confronts them with their opinions?? I'm sick of it! And it makes me want to tune it all out. It all seems so childish. It all seems such a waste of time.
But, here's the glitch. If I sit back, and you sit back........... and we all sit back together, we become the marginalized and nothing changes. And by the grace of God, we need change around here. Empathy, respect, honour, loyalty, advocacy, justice, and TRUST come on back!! It's time to take the trash out. It's time to help get a good honest human being elected. And, I know just the right person!
I can't sit back. Time to get involved again, because you can't orchestrate from the outside looking in. It just doesn't work that way. I will not run for office, but I refuse to sit on my hands, without a voice, in the margins. Whether it will help institute change or not, who knows. What I do know is that without action there is no reaction. Let's just hope my stirred up passion isn't misconstrued by the fear mongering police as unfit. Nah! That could never happen, could it?