As Minister for the Status of Women Rona Ambrose’s voted in favour of Bill M-312 (the Abortion bill) she continues to be criticized for voting in favour of the abortion motion, both by the public and opposition MP’s. The question remains, did Rona Ambrose vote the right way.
Sure the opposition will always oppose, that is the nature of the adversarial system of Parliament, getting elected is always the criteria of the opposing parties, so the light is always being shone on the Governments slightest wrong-doing as a feebleminded attempt to make ones own goodness to seem superior. We would do well to remember the words of Abraham Lincoln who said that “You cannot rise above another by standing on their back”.
And the public will always will always be divided into 3 camps, those in favour of any issue, those opposed, and those who “it doesn’t effect me”. Pro-Life people would have you know she voted the right way, but the question of whether or not Rona Ambrose voted the right way lays in the criteria of her vote. The important question is, did Rona Ambrose vote according to her Party’s line or did she vote according to her conscience? Which is the right way for Rona Ambrose to vote? Bbaaah., neither.
This as in most issues the forest is missed for the trees. The larger issue is was Democracy served and protected in the vote? Did Rona Ambrose, before her voting, go out into her Constituency and ask her constituents how she should vote. Not likely. Is there a mechanism set in her Constituency to help her make her decisions for voting in Parliament? What’s the use, her Party, the Conservatives, in their anti-democratic way, will tell her how she should vote. She doesn’t even need a brain.
The issue of how Parliamentarians, YOUR REPRESENTATIVES, will vote comes to us as a conflict of what is Democracy anyways. The lie propagated by Parties, and the theory of Democracy is that we vote for someone, that person goes to Parliament and represents us. But in the end we all know that mostly they vote according to how the Party Whip tells them to vote. But we have inherited a different way to do Democracy, it is called Parliamentary Democracy. And according our Parliamentary Democracy our Member will go to Parliament and make those decisions for us.
In the past, as I have butt my head with various Representatives(?), I have been told by a Representative, bald-faced and without a smidgen of embarrassment, that “she was elected to make the hard decisions for us” her Constituents. I snapped back, “Is that because you are so much smarter than us”, which caused her to check her statement “It is because I have all the information that the Constituents don’t have”, to which I said, “That is the other part of the problem, you hold information from your Constituents, how are we supposed to know what is going on when you don’t give us information, so we can decide. Isn’t that part of Democracy?”.
There again, her making the decision again is a lie because she will default to what the Party tells her vote for.
With our Democracy in the disgusting shape that it is, the question is not about the issues so much as are we serving Democracy in a way to bring it to health.
A parting thought, our so-called Democracy has come to us, hard fought, by those who have given their lives, sometimes literally, to claw power from Kings and then power mongers (who even rule today). You can go all the way back to the Magna Carta to see it is so. But here is the thing, the Kings ruled the peasants. He was so much smarter than they. Then they got a Parliament to rule the people, but the people were still mostly illiterate and ignorant in England, so the Representatives thought for the people.
But what is the excuse for them to decide for us today, and to rule us. We have the most literate, most post secondary educated population in the time of the Earth living here in Canada. We have telephones, TV, and the internet that send messages and information around the Earth in a blink of the eye. Are we still so stupid that we, the People, cannot be trusted with OUR Democracy? Direct Democracy? Then a people never will be. The World will have to be satisfied with Democracy only being in Switzerland.
The truth is, it is not whether or not we are ready for Democracy, it is whether or not our Representatives are ready to give us the power God intended us to have.
And whether or not we are ready to take our power back from them.