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Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Apathy of the Masses

Alberta (and Canada) is blessed with having some of the most valuable natural resources in the world, coupled with a social infrastructure that is the envy of 9/10’s of the world’s population. We have free elections, freedom of speech, a charter of rights and freedoms. Our society lives in peace and offers free education and health care. We do not live in a utopia and have much that can be improved, but, overall, this is one of the best places on planet earth to live and that’s even considering our harsh winter.

Enter yesterday’s Alberta provincial election. A time to elect the custodians of our environment, manage our natural resources, fund our education and health care systems and take care of the infrastructure on which all Albertans exist. The voter turnout: 42% - the lowest in history.

People died so that we could have these rights. People are dying for these rights. We have become spoiled children in this society and, one day, we will awake in crises and ask “how could that have happened?” We are raising a generation of idiots with no political knowledge whatsoever. A nation of sheep is just what the government wants. Get more wrapped up in the outcome of Canadian Idol than worry about who is regulating the world’s largest store of potable drinking water (much of which is being wasted in the oil patch). We in the West have become both benign and spoiled. I rue the day that we reap that which we have sown….


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