I found the quotes that follow this bit, some time ago, while reading about Theodore Roosevelt’s life in politics. He is famous for some of his speeches and talks, and although the world has changed drastically since his time on earth, it’s clear to me that some things – politics being one of them- never change.
This morning has been one of conflicting emotions. Surprise. Anger. Confusion as to why the voters who did bother to vote ( 48% of registered voters is the sickly number being tossed about) chose the party they did. Especially surprising to me was the vote in Prince George. Let’s see….most of the trees are dead – beetle kill. Mills are closed. People are out of work , and are losing their homes, their equipment and in some cases, their families. All of it is a direct result of the Liberal governments action over the last few years, and yet somehow the fools managed to get elected again.
All I can say is this.
Less than half the people voted who could do so in this province. The ones that did were split, but the Liberals still won.Neither party got 52% of those registered voters who chose not to vote, and those are the people we need. Every single one of them.
Now that Gordon Campbell is back in, the pundits are talking about how the people who elected him will feel when he suddenly announces that the economy is in far,far worse condition than he previously anticipated, and starts whacking away with his budget cuts.
And according to this Tyee story that ran several weeks ago, there will have to be cuts. It is impossible for him to deliver the budget platform he campaigned on unless he has some sort of goose that craps hundred dollar bills. And then there is the reality that you can look forward to making your $8.00 an hour for the next four years…. But the issue that bothers me as much as the economy and the resulting announcements we can expect from the Libs as they start chopping, is the one surrounding our environment.
I’m looking forward to hearing what the environment minister and Campbell have to say about that report on Run of the River projects that they refused to talk about until after the election.
Well, it’s after the election now. Let’s hear it.
Until then, read the following quote from dear Teddy R., keeping in mind that these words were said nearly one hundred years ago. How pertinant they still are , at least to this years election result.
“Defenders of the short-sighted men who in their greed and selfishness will, if permitted, rob our country of half its charm by their reckless extermination of all useful and beautiful wild things sometimes seek to champion them by saying ‘the game belongs to the people.’
So it does; and not merely to the people now alive, but to the unborn people.
Our duty to the whole, including the unborn generations, bids us restrain an unprincipled present-day minority from wasting the heritage of these unborn generations.
We of an older generation can get along with what we have, though with growing hardship; but in your full manhood and womanhood you will want what nature once so bountifully supplied and man so thoughtlessly destroyed; and because of that want you will reproach us – not for what we have used, but for what we have wasted.
As such, the object of government is the welfare of the people.
Conservation means development as much as it does protection.
I recognize the right and duty of this generation to develop and use the natural resources of our land; but I do not recognize the right to waste them, or to rob, by wasteful use, the generations that come after us.
This country has nothing to fear from the crooked man who fails. We put him in jail. It is the crooked man who succeeds who is a threat to this country.”
And to Carol James, who in the most beautiful, heartfelt speech last night, accepted not defeat, but greater challenges that remain to be conquered. Never have I been more proud to be in support of one candidate than I was of Carol last night. What a woman, and my hope is to see many more candidates who have that passion join the NDP. They need strong voices, and fearless candidates who can grab the publics attention and demonstrate valid skills to govern the province.
The election may be over, but the next journey has just begun, and I plan to be there. See you in 2013, in the arena.
“It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better.
The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause;