Dogs at the Table

...or to put it another way, "Perish, priest!"

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Election Day

Okay, I haven't been faithful about keeping the blog. My bad -- I can wear it with grace. With all good intentions, I thought I'd be able to write at least weekly, since I'm used to that weekly kind of discipline in other aspects of my vocational life (as in, the inevitability of Sunday), but somehow, unless somebody holds me accountable, I'm not likely to succeed.

The reason that I decided to revisit the blog today is because of the federal election. It's just over two years since our last federal election (see my earlier post, "The Uninspired") where I noted the apathy of the voting public.

It seems to me that politicians and I are not that different (and I'm not sure who should be less flattered). If somebody doesn't hold our leadership accountable, there really doesn't seem to be much that changes election-by-election.

Holding left-of-centre views, my heart is with the New Democratic Party or maybe even the Green Party. I am not frightened by social democracy, and understand that the role of the majority is to protect and uphold the rights of the minority and the individual. Nevertheless, our riding has been well-served by a Liberal Member of Parliament who lives out his personal convictions with great dignity, and will likely get my vote.

Which leaves me pondering how I might hold our soon-to-be-elected new government accountable. Parishioners are not shy about letting me know when I'm not living up to expectations -- maybe that's a lesson I could learn!

Today's weigh-in: 231 lbs. Uncommitted.


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