Essential Knowledge Needed to Grow a Democracy – Part 17
The Leadership Race
It’s no wonder that Canadians don’t know that much about democracy, are ignored and disenfranchised during times of non-elections, so feel no urgency to learn much about democracy. This suits the politicians quite well. It is easier to rule over sheep and the asleep.
But Wake up, Wake up, it is election time, notice me, vote for me, then go back to sleep. This is today’s Democracy Cycle.
If leaders focus on each other and they focus your attention on not trusting the others minimizes your education, and your sleep can be deeper.
Inasmuch as Canadians do not have a separate vote for leaders, but because leaders play the game of “vote for the leader”, it is a great disservice to democracy. 1) The candidate you end voting for, may well be a fool or a crook. 2) The leaders do not inform the electorate. 3) Smear campaigns are the order of the day, and 4) then leaders paint themselves to be the perfect leader, the knight in shining armour, the saviour. This adds up to 4 layers of lies that cover up real democracy; that is 4 separations from democracy.
Real democracy – the representation variety – as poor a creature as it is, needs to be based on you electing a representative that will represent your interests and those of your constituency. Anything short of this, and accountability breaks down and there is no democracy. Representation without accountability give the people no real say. The basic formula of democracy is: Democracy is the people getting their say between elections.
My advice, take this knowledge of voting for the best representative that will serve you, ask your Member, or in the case of an election, ask your candidates this question. This is the Question that Speaks for Democracy,. “If there is a vote on an issue to which your constituents are opposed, but to which their party is promoting, who would you align your vote with, your constituents or your party?” If you ask each candidate this question, you will be armed with the democratic tools that will narrow the field, or eliminate every candidate. Do this before you walk into the ballot box and you will have served democracy well. With this awakening you may not again go to sleep after the election. Thinking democratically is exhilarating because it is growth.
My feeling is this. The only way that Canadians are ever going to get true Democracy is if Canadian elect INDEPENDANTS. I believe that perhaps 1 party person out of 100 might be worth voting for and will serve you in a real democratic fashion. I feel that a vote for a party member is a vote for the person’s party, and that parties are fundamentally undemocratic, because parties mostly tell your representatives how to vote, which is often against the will of the constituents.
An informed say by the majority would change our democracy.
One last thought. Election day should be proclaimed “Freedom Day”, because it is the only day that you are truly free during the term of office. It is the only day politicians will give you a say.