There is a feeling that few peasants of Europe ever felt, that is to feel sweet freedom in their bosoms. Those that dared dream of freedom usually ended up dead for sedition. The King or the lucky royalty would cut them down to make sure that it would not effect the general peasantry. Men and women, knowing the cost of such rebellion knew the price of their attempt to make conditions better for themselves and their community, but paid that cost so that peoples of the future would be free and enjoy what they only dared to dream.
You, going to the polls, you are heirs to their heroism and their sacrifice.
And yet, how many of you that stand at that box will consider, or think of that sacrifice? It is that same spirit of stupidity that allows citizens to think that they can sleep and still maintain those rights and freedoms. Sleepers today have forgotten and disregard that freedom is a struggle and a responsibility to maintain. The boat of freedom is in the river, and you have to paddle against the current of power flowing towards our governments or some day our future children will fall into slavery. This is your legacy that the sleepers are handing to their posterity, good or ill.
We see bills such as Bill C51 come along, where a freedom of privacy was handed over to Canada’s spy agency under the Harper Government. Did the general public pour into the streets to protest? No, Canadians treasure their deep sleep. To most Voters, voting is even a chore, as if to say, to leaders that we even know that you are unscrupulous, but take care of us so we can stop thinking.
The Activists that do go to the street; they are in the spirit of those who gave up their lives in the past. They are heroes and heroines that do your job of fighting for freedoms, and yet the general public cast aspersions at them; they are Radicles, Extremists. They suffer the humiliating fate of being ignored by Power because the sleepers have not gone to the streets with them in the thousands or the millions. And unbeknown to the sleepers, they also suffer the fate of lack of democracy. They have no real say in their governance between elections. The sad joke is that we are electing dictatorships for 4 years.
So, there you are going to the ballot box to mark your X. I hope that you have before hand decided whom you will vote for, so you can stand there savoring the sweet feeling of being free. Take 5 minutes, or even 10, and if someone comes along anxious to get it over with…. tell him to bugger off because this is Freedom Day. This is the only day that your politicians will care about you, not your thoughts, but your extorted approval for them to extract a mandate of abuse from you. Enjoy the moment, because the second after you mark your X, you will again be tossed to the ranks of the silenced and the ignored.
Will the free bird sing so sweetly when it is confined in a cage.