Government not for people

O Canada, we seem to be having an identity crisis.

How many people consider Canada their “home and native land?” Or has it become their home and “we will change this land to where we used to live or what we want” (land).

Is there any patriotic love for “all our sons’ command?” In 2018, there was an amendment to the National Anthem Act to change the national anthem’s lyrics to 'all of us command.” Apparently having it remain unaltered since 1939 the current narrative required a change so it is more inclusive, despite the anthem receiving Royal assent in 1980.

But that was taboo too apparently.

We are not so “glorious and free” either. We have become a compliant public manipulated to believe the government is acting in our best interests.

Since the 1950s there has been a growing disinterest in questioning or confronting political leaders about their policies and policy making. This is evident with a (declining) turn-out at the polls (during elections).

There is little critical thinking. I get it. People are busy with their daily lives and many prefer the freedom from making choices, even if it means the choices being made for them aren't the best.

The backbone of this country has, for the most part, been independent businesses but government overreach and over-regulation has undermined this causing many to go bankrupt. Who benefits? Governments and large corporations.

Corporations want policies that benefit them. Think not? Think again. Many politicians are motivated to create policies because of their desire to stay in power which takes money. Who has that money? Big corporations.

Governments were created to represent and protect property. Instead, the political reality has been government expansion through overreaching rules and regulations which has strengthened its position, via a veil of deceit, at the expense of individual freedoms.

Power is a problem. Unfortunately corruption is the most infallible symptom of constitutional liberty. As for “standing on guard for thee,” I believe people will be content with their comfortable lives until they recognize they are not getting what they were promised.

Mark Twain said it best: “If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you, that is the principal difference between a dog and a man.”

Mary-Ann MacDonald

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