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