Friday, December 12, 2008

The challenge of victory

With victory there wakens an unredeemed being.
Empty worlds with vanishing forms.
Shamed by our desire and lifted by our hope.

The requisite skills of the victor,
To cry havoc, and let slip the dogs no more.

The tides of an advancing age absolve our dissolution,
To reinstate existence conceive anew.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Childish Stupidity and Respect for Democracy

"Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence."

--John Adams--

My highest commitment is facilitating political discourse. I believe that it is through discourse and open conversation, that we will arrive at the best choices for our society.

However unless we have the proper moral structure in our society and in our party, there is no chance we will prevail. People are victims of their containers, the form of the organization will change the nature of its people.

Part of our problem is that there is nothing more self interested then a coward. They hold on to fame and status like it is their childhood toy. It is a shame they have never grown up and learned what it means to be a responsible citizen of a democracy.

I am appalled by the people who will stand on the shoulders of heroes ,to take something they do not deserve. But this is the world we live in, and many of us tolerate this more then we should.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

The wise have no obligation to the ignorant?

Except respect and understanding. Many who embrace ignorance, have never truly had respect or understanding. How do we deal with this problem? It is a very circumstantial issue.

Fundamentally many of our political problems are problems of character, and one thing I can be truly grateful of is that I have learned this lesson well. Even in youth politics we are at each others throats. Even in our own party....

I forget the humility of working under a noble elder. More then anything, I think that part of our culture is truly missing...perhaps I project to much of my own desire for first nations culture on contemporary Canadian society.

At least when I hear the drum, I can see what I hope for.

Am I a fool to believe that social institutions should be a pillar of our society. Noble institutions that represent the best of our society. Or perhaps I am simply becoming jaded like I knew I would, like I was warned. I by no means have been perfect in this endeavor, I have made many mistakes treated people in ways that I am not proud of. All because it was in the same spirit as those who have surrounded me. How am I not the ignorant here, I wish I could have been a better man. To have built these relationships in a better way. I started out this way, truly I did...but slowly day, after, day, and week after week, I started to change.

And I have forgiven myself for this. It is true wisdom to understand the balance of necessity, goodness and peace. So for now I struggle, at least I know I am a fool. At the very least it gives me something to work with.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

People must be free to have a voice that counts.

I have my issues with Canadian elections, coalition governments are not one of them. Political parties are responsible for representing the interests of their constituency and at times their interests are best represented through compromise. Overlapping consensus as coined by Rawls is the foundation of the our democracy and the Conservative government has proven they cannot honor this agreement.

This coalition is in the best interest of the people and it is just.