What is Democracy but a process of government that serves the people that they proport to serve. The fact is, that there was the reason that governments were imagined and then created, to serve the people.The Greeks that invented Democracy met and every man had 2 things, a say and a vote, of equal weight of every other person that wished to participate. In fact, men that did not wish to participate in the process of Democracy was considered odd.
Democracy, quite literally means, Demos (the people) cracy, in the translation “power” or “force”. Athenian Democracy began as the men gathering together to govern themselves, but when the population grew representatives were chosen (by lottery) to pick representatives to represent the people. We are all busy, and struggling to survive, but our common affairs must be attended to that enact order in our society, to make us safe while we are surviving. Without good representation we do not have Democracy. So what is representation other than us electing someone to take our interests, our wishes and will to our governing bodies. So the very basis of what we call our Democracy is good representation.
Check this out. This is a clip of Federal Conservative David Wilks, (under Stephan Harper) speaks of HOW HE IS REQUIRED, BY STEPHAN HARPER, TO REPRESENT HIS (WILK’S) CONSTITUENTS.
(the important part of this clip begins at the 1 minute, 55 second mark of the clip,
Now, it is now your responsibility to do the political math. If our Democracy directly relies on our Representatives representing us, our interest, wishes and will, do we have a Democracy in Canada?
My answer is no. This exercise was to get all Canadians to the same base point of recognizing that Canada does not have a Democracy. And if we do not have a Democracy, you can set your own terminology of what we do have, but if it is not a Democracy it cannot be good, and the next point is, thinking of well-being of your children, or family and friends, WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ABOUT IT? NOW THAT YOU KNOW, YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE TO DO SOMETHING TO GET US A HEALTHY DEMOCRACY.
Here is a little more food for thought. Granted, this is American content, however, after watching this, most Canadians will agree that this applies greatly to Canadian politics.
My Solution: elect Independents that do not have apron strings to parties. The boy scouts had a moto of doing one good deed a day, I suggest that each of us have at least one conversation each day, about our political situation, to help Canada to turn around politically to real Democracy. In so doing, I have a vision that Canadian politics will return to it’s grassroots where it belongs. Discussion is the basis of Democracy. By discussion, every Canadian can naturally become an activist of change.
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From earlier posts designed to teach the uninformed and activist alike, the nature of Democracy.