This is nothing more than a personal opinion but I wonder how many others feel the way I do.
Even though the Conservatives won the last federal election, it is obvious to anyone who wants to see, that Canadian society is very fractioned along ideological lines.
We are, more or less, split in half when it comes to our political leaning tendencies.
About half the country has socialist tendencies while the other half is clearly right leaning, from mild to extreme.
How could a nation have grown so divided on fundamental issues such as the protection of our rights and liberties, morality, religious views, military strength and an uncompromising, solid economical future?
How can we as a nation continue to grow and coexist in peace when the differences between us are so vast and irreconcilable?
I’d like to think that I don’t hate any individuals for being on one side of the fence or the other but I certainly abhor the notion of socialism and social engineering for the goal of creating a “progressive” society.
I feel that I am at war all the time; that I have to be almost militant in my zeal to preserve the life style that I value and cherish, from those who are trying to rob me of my freedoms, universal rights and liberties and human dignity.
I understand that living in a democratic society requires certain flexibility and that we all have to give a little, but when some are asked to give it all up so that those on the opposing side can keep it all, that sense of peaceful co-existing is gone.
There should be room for everyone’s life styles, dreams and aspiration in our country but unfortunately this is not a big concern for those who can make a difference.
If we want to reclaim our right to a live in a world of reason, understanding and progress then we must put in place some safe guards so that ordinary citizens and their fears and concern can never again become peons in the hands of politicians.
We should implement a short list of inalienable rights and liberties that can never again be taken away from us by power hungry politicians in a bid to impress certain sections of the electorate, for their own political gain.
The Charter of Rights and Freedoms needs to be revamped, simplified and cleared of any and all ambiguities. It also needs to be made permanent so that we can always turn to it for support and find it there.
Progress is a good thing, but not at the expense of our rights, liberties and dignity.