Election result lacking in real changecy
The more things change the more they stay the same. That has to be true for politics in this country.
While every political pundit on every channel, be it television or radio, echoes the popular sentiment that we are poised to experience some real change because the Liberals have retaken the reins of power, no one seems to appreciate, let alone articulate, that the only thing that has happened with a Liberal sweep is that the political pendulum has swung the other way in what has historically been a two-way choice of direction.
Our history of choosing between two political parties every two or three elections when there are other choices can’t be said to be new.
For those citizens who may have voted for the very first time, they can be forgiven for their excitement at the prospect of significant change when it comes to political stewardship over the next four or so years. Seasoned voters may be excited as well at the prospect of significant change, but for students of history, it doesn’t give any appearance of being any different than what we’ve been doing every time we switch from one party to another.
A national shift to either the NDP or the Green Party would demonstrate a real change. That’s entirely up to the electorate, of course. Significant change is not something that any of us do very well. Our natural tendencies are to resist change just for the sake of change. There’s really nothing wrong with that if there is no need or reason to change.
Reluctantly changing is not the same as embracing change, and more often than not, it is our history of trying to embrace something we think is permanent or looks permanent that continues to keep us from moving forward with any speed.
That’s why continually choosing between one of two parties over the course of our lifetime cannot be considered a legitimate attempt or effort to change. Choosing a liberal agenda over a conservative one or vice versa must be argued as reluctant change as opposed to change we might embrace.
We celebrate people and ideas that often seem to come from left field, or out-of-the-box thinking so to speak, yet continue to conduct our everyday lives and expectations on the basis of a central kind of status quo with only peripheral changes we manage to convince ourselves we can live with.
Perhaps this will be a new era. Perhaps not. This isn’t meant to be a cynical view of what has just happened at the federal political level, but rather, a bona fide resistance to the pundits and the political leaders who insist on trying to convince us that we are in for some real change.
If you don’t mind, I will wait to be convinced that is true. Until then, all we really have done in this election is to reverse a train that was running in one direction, to now run in the other direction on the same track.
At some point, you have to ask yourself, “Is that the real kind of change we were looking for?” Surely the tracks can run north and south just as well as east and west.