Alright, I think I’m just going to take a little hiatus from social media, and reading the news. My heart has taken a beating this year, and we’re only half way through it. So many parents without their children due to school shootings, and so many children without their parents due to ICE in the US. Countries at war and in famine. It feels like every time I turn around the news is sad, and hard to take.
And now, Toronto, and Ontario, my province, my home, has a new leader. A man who is a mini #45. A man who I will also not name by his name. Mikaela used to cheer at the same gym as one of his daughters, and they, the daughter and the mom strutted around that gym like they were rock stars. The other moms fan girling over them all the time. I didn’t get it then, and I don’t get it now. The only thing I knew about the Ford family back then was how corrupt they were, they certainly weren’t the sort of people I’d want to hold in high esteem. Yet here we are, he’s the new leader. We were in LA when we heard the news that he had “won” the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada. I was stunned. I was shocked. I was angry. I get that we’ve always bee the kid brother to America, and little brothers and sisters look up to their older, cooler sibling.
But not like this. I think we can do better. Better in not believing that the sky is going to fall, and better at knowing that the other elected officials don’t want a tyrant running wild in office and will do right by us.
Angry because I wanted the Liberals out, they’ve squandered tens, possibly hundreds of millions of dollars, of hard working citizen’s money, people who trusted them, and elected them. They came along and jacked taxes up, and up, and up…for years. I knew for sure I was done with having that party in power, but then what was the alternative? The NDP? A party that ran on a platform saying that they would tax the highest earning people in Ontario even more, for what? To cover the cost of free health care, free prescriptions, free housing, for so many who don’t work at all? There is nothing free about “free.” It comes out of other people’s pockets. I don’t mind social services, if they’re fair. I mean federally the Liberals are already taking 29.5% from anybody earning $150,000 or more, and another 12.6% provincially plus 13% on all goods and services…do the math that means 55% gone at the source. Which means that a family has to live off less than $75,000 a year to raise a family and save for the future of their children’s educations. HOW? Explain to me how a family is supposed to do that being taxed like that???
Short answer they’re not.
So clearly more taxation wasn’t the answer either…so now what? Now we have Tweedle Dee with the dead eyes, and the people are losing their minds on social media, so I’m going to go away for a few days to pray. Pray and believe that we are Canadian, which means that we are not like the followers of #45 who think women shouldn’t have rights, and that health care is NOT important or a priority for the people who our leaders govern. I’m going to go away and focus on finding comfort in the knowing that even when a party has a majority, they can’t just take things away from the citizens they represent. I’m going to remind myself, that every elected official has to vote change into effect. A leader cannot just will it to be so, whether what they want is for the good or not so good of the people. I’m also going to go away for a few days and protect myself from giving into the mass fearful hysteria that so many are giving into today. I’m choosing faith and light.