Saturday, November 15, 2014

Today is D-Day: Don't forget to Vote

Today is the day we hit the beach and vote. Don't forget to do your civic duty today. It's not much to ask but it's imperative in the struggle between good versus evil. Many years ago there was a Biblical story that relates to voting. In 2 Kings 5 there is a story about Naaman, who was a general in the Syrian army that had leprosy.

The Syrians had captured an Israeli slave who told him that there was a prophet in Samaria that could cure him of his leprosy. So he sends a messenger with a large sum of cash to the king of Israel asking to be healed of his leprosy. The king of Israel was somewhat concerned. He said Am I God to kill and to make alive? This guy wants me to cure him of leprosy? Elisha heard the king was stressing and said let him come to me.

"So Naaman came with his horses and with his chariot, and stood at the door of the house of Elisha. And Elisha sent a messenger unto him, saying, Go and wash in Jordan seven times, and thy flesh shall come again to thee, and thou shalt be clean."

Naaman was pissed. Elisha didn't even come out to meet him. He wanted to see some dramatic miracle. We have plenty of rivers back home. Why wash in the river Jordan? Then his servant said "if the prophet had bid thee do some great thing, wouldest thou not have done it? how much rather then, when he saith to thee, Wash, and be clean?"

In other words, if the prophet had asked him to do some great task or pay a large sum to be healed would he not have done it gladly? Of course. Then why not try some small simple task and see if it works. Naaman humbled himself and did exactly that and was healed of his leprosy.

The moral of the story is that sometimes we aren't ask to make some huge sacrifice in the struggle between good versus evil. Sometimes all we are asked to do is a small simple task and yet many couldn't even be bothered to do that.

Yet if we were in the war and we were given the order to storm the beach or charge over the top of the trenches, what would we have done? That is exactly what many others have sacrificed to give us the opportunity to vote. Be thankful we weren't asked to make some great sacrifice and do our duty by fulfilling the task we were asked to accomplish.

The movie Gallipoli: The Last Race with Mel Gibson reenacted the bravery and the huge sacrifice Australians made going over the top of the trenches. Lest we forget our right to vote was bought with a price. Let us remember them and honour them by doing our duty. Don't forget to Vote.

In the line at he election today a couple commented how in Australia it's mandatory to vote and if you don't vote you can get find. $20 if you pay withing 21 days which could go up to $170 if they have to go to court. Evidently there are several countries that have compulsory voting. Switzerland had it in 1904, but abolished in 1974. I do think compulsory voting is a contradiction of terms but we do need to wake up and do our duty.

Where to vote in Surrey. Just show up with 2 pieces of ID.

Where to vote in Vancouver or Canada Wide.

Stop the Incinerator.

Gangsters Out Recommendation for the Surrey Slate:

Mayor: Doug McCallum - Safe Surrey Coalition


Rina Gill - Safe Surrey Coalition

Laurie Guerra - Safe Surrey Coalition

Beau Simpson - Safe Surrey Coalition

Justin Thind - Safe Surrey Coalition

Brenda Locke – Team Surrey

Stephen Gammer – Team Surrey

Martin Rooney – Independent

Jim McMurtry – Independent

Surrey School Trustees:

Charlene Dobie - Surrey Progressives

Rayman Bhuller - Surrey Progressives

Patricia Enair - Surrey Progressives

Niovi Patsicakis - Surrey Progressives

Kristy Peterson - Surrey Progressives

Sara Sharma - Surrey Progressives

1 comment:

  1. Good luck with that. Unfortunately apathy seems to be a major chunk of the Canadian national character, whatever that is these days. Not that there aren't those who aren't, but they obviously aren't enough to make a difference or the changes of the last few decades would never have been allowed to occur in the first place.Canada is not alone in this, one could quite rightly wonder HTF Great Britain could go from where it withstood Hitler's blitz to where it is now, all in the span of a human lifetime.

    You are right about what it takes to make a difference though. Witness what just happened down south. It can happen in Canada as well. Here's hoping it happens before the natural resources of Canada become a wholly owned subsidiary of the Chinese Communist Party. Canadian oil belongs to Canadians.

    Probably no accident that right after the election down south, the first thing they are looking at is lifting the ban on export of domestic oil to other countries. American oil should belong to Americans first and foremost.

    By way of contrast with North America, in Kuwait you can fill the tank of a Chevrolet Suburban for the equivalent of $9 US.