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Saturday, March 01, 2008

Democracy in Action, or, Bill C-10 gets a beatdown

"...now you see that evil will always triumph because good is dumb." - Dark Helmet, Spaceballs

The most important thing to remember is to stay on this once all the hoopla around Bill C-10 has died down. Remember that they tried to SNEAK this past us before, there's a good chance that all they'll do is pin it on to some other bill.

The problem with being the good guys is that the bad guys know that once they're defeated the good guys have their victory lap and disappear back into the woodwork, leaving them free to come in from another angle.

Unfortunately, it requires a near-constant vigil. Because, believe me - if you think that this is the only time this has ever happened... well, let's just say this is one of the few times that they've been caught red-handed.

They know what they're doing is wrong, but that's how things are done in Canada. Americans make Big provisions and pass them in the dead of night. Canadians make small amendments to innocuous bills over a longer period of time to get the same effect. That's what makes them so dangerous. Take a look at our laws, amendments to specific bills made all over hell's half-acres - an amendment here in one bill, another over in that one. It's scary to think that this is how policy is made in this country.

I'd like to think that now that we've caught them in the spotlight that they'll slink away and the issue will never come up again. But the truth of the matter is simply that they'll bide their time, like they always do, and once things calm down *wham* that's when you get the sucker punch.

Good requires eternal vigilance and that's why evil thrives. No one can be watching everything all the time - and, frankly, no one wants to. That's where they rule, they're already imbedded in the system while we're on the outside looking in. Truthfully, it IS a tough fight keeping the system in check, but that's our duty as citizens in a democracy. If we don't police our leaders, well, no one else is going to. When we catch them being wrong, there SHOULD be outrage. There should be marches in the streets and letters written and, well, you get the picture. THAT is what a healthy democracy looks like, not quietly shaking our heads and saying "well, they're the government, they're all corrupt."

Anyways, a great big thank you to all the amazing people who stood up to smack down Bill C-10, I've read a good number of letters myself and they were all informed and heartfelt. Now comes the not-so-easy part: I ask that you remain vigilant. You've just had a taste of what we are all capable of. This is what a true Democracy looks like. From the people at the source - at the highest levels of government who leaked it, to the people who reported it, to the brave citizens who stood up and said "NO!". We are ultimately responsible for the fate of our land and it is something we can all be active participants in.

You are powerful. You have control. Don't forget that.

Please.

Cheers to you all!
Brandon

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