Thunder Lizard Lips Off
By R. Jeff LeGrand
Someone's at the door...... OK... I get it…another election, and the politicians have to get out here and bang on doors, see how much glad-handing they can do, all the rest of it. My question is, once we've made a decision, how do we let them know we don't need the phone calls, tweets, Facebook ads, and all that? The door knocking is easy... I've got the sign for my choice on my lawn... if they really want to bang on my door and try and change my mind, that's my chance to ask them if they're really that dumb, right?
My email addresses are getting regular notes…and only one of them from the guy I chose... who was given my email voluntarily. I don't seem to have an 'unsubscribe' button. But they're pretty careful not to send TOO many, aren't they? I really wish there was a good way of saying "SHUT UP... I've made my choice, piddle off". It worked out perfectly so far for me... the guy I like came around first, plunked a sign on the lawn at my request, and now the others will hopefully just stay away.
I think they need to realize that for some of us, we pay attention. We look around, we pick out things that we like and dislike and when an election is called, we already know where the people stand, and we know which way we're going. I don't need to hear the same platitudes and insults over and over. Don't make me 'new' promises from policies and ideas you've been working on for months. Please stop trying to make old news sound like new news... it's still old news, and the more you try to denigrate your opponents, the less I like you.
I know who I'm voting for, and it's not entirely based on the local representative... actually, every party has a pretty decent person in my area. If I were voting based entirely on what my local person would do for my local community, I'd have a hell of a choice to make, because every one of them genuinely cares about and wants to help my area. They're good people. Of course, we all know it's far more complex than that. The best person for the job in our riding might represent a party that has ideas that are opposite our own, or intend reforms that we believe are contrary to the public good. We have to keep our eyes on the person that's going to run the province, too… and that has a lot to do with how I vote. I'm lucky…the party that I have faith in, the guy I want to endorse, believes in personal freedoms and he answers my questions (standing on my front step) in a fashion that's believable, and I think, honest. So I already know where I'm going to mark my ballot. Please make sure you mark yours with an educated choice too. I'm avoiding any names at all, but you can check out your own MLA's and their competition on line, and look at their platforms.
Watch for those who backed policies that you don't like (like, I don't know, maybe some ridiculous noise bylaw or something). Get the information and make an informed vote.
But MAKE THAT VOTE.
R. Jeff LeGrand
Calgary Motorcycle Ride for Dad
Reporter, Busted Knuckle Chronicles
This is our chance to put in place people who have the same values as we believe in. Make the most of it.