We get the government we deserve?

The Yale Book of Quotations has the following quote under Joseph de Maistre (1753-1821) from Lettres et Opuscules Inédits, vol. 1, no. 53 (1851) (Letter of 15 August, 1811):

Toute nation a le gouvernement qu’elle mérite. (Every country has the government it deserves.)

I love political debate, but sometimes we forget that in our modern democracy we do in fact elect the leaders of our government, and of course our government. So in a funny way, no matter which side you may fall on a political argument, we are all to blame.

Tonights election in Paradise, Newfoundland was a perfect example. 19 year-old Curtis Coombs was elected mayor by a whopping three votes. Now I am not even going to suggest he shouldn’t have won, clearly he should have. But when you read the comments on the local newapaper’s website, there are comments like this:

“This doesn’t seem right… He has no experience in any politcal circle. Paradise is a growing town and we need someone with experience to guide us through our developmental stages. I am sorry but there are more Ralph supporters than Kurtis. Most people I spoke with didn’t bother to vote because we figured Ralph would win in a land slide. There are 4 individuals in my own family who support Ralph but didn’t vote. While I realize my mistake and wish I had voted, I feel that I cannot and will not support this mayor.”

Well people of Paradise, if the majority of you expected others to do your duty for you, and that was for incumbent Ralph Wiseman to walk away with the election, you screwed up. Also, to the supporters of young Mr. Coombs, good on you.

Now who’s betting with me that Coombs ran an engaged Social Media campaign and attracted new young voters to the election, finding a new way to get people engaged?

So what? Well, it makes me think even more about the 11,400 students on Facebook who are with me against Section 9 of Bill 44. In the next few weeks I will be doing everything I can to keep this issue alive, and something tells me I am siding with the right demographic. Stay tuned. As a hint, the PC AGM is where this discussion can be brought back to the front-page.


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