Wow Alberta. The last 4 weeks have been exhausting.
I am sure right now the PC party is questioning the wisdom of this early election call. It certainly didn’t stay on script.
Alberta has had enough script, it is high time we cut loose and say what we really want. We seem to be on the verge of doing that.
I have some theories on why Prentice thought an early election was good logic, and he had good reason … reason that we have given him, Alberta. It’s our fear of change, our apathy, and our inability to imagine ourselves other than how we are today.
After so many years of PC rule the PCs certainly must feel entitled to governing. They have reason to see themselves as the only available option. They have not seen any real challenge to their authority, and certainly no challenge that they cannot stamp out like a little flame underfoot.
So the first piece of Prentice logic was based in past experience. The PCs have never been burned, and have never stopped to imagine it could happen.
In the past when times have looked tough the PCs have simply changed costume and come back out on stage as if they had a whole new act. Alberta always noticed the new props and never noticed the old songs.
You have all undoubtedly noticed that I have some significant left leaning values. I do not hide that. I ascribe them to compassion for my fellow man.
However, the primary reason for my excitement about the unforeseen strength of the left in this election isn’t driven by ideology. It is driven by realty. The health of any democracy depends on change. Without change the political process increasingly resembles a popularity poll for Stalin. Voting has to matter. It can’t become a chore, the results cannot be a foregone conclusion.
I don’t know how the vote will go tomorrow but I hope we choose to change, because change is good. The worst reason there is to continue doing something is that it is the way we’ve done it in the past. The worst reason to avoid trying new things is that you are not guaranteed success. Everything you have that is worth while came from someone taking a risk. We have more to gain than to lose.
You’ve got to go out on a limb sometimes because that’s where the fruit is. ~ Will Rogers
Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go. ~ T. S. Eliot
The biggest risk is not taking any risk… In a world that changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks. ~ Mark Zuckerberg
The risk of a wrong decision is preferable to the terror of indecision. ~ Maimonides
It seems to be a law of nature, inflexible and inexorable, that those who will not risk cannot win. ~ John Paul Jones
Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything. ~ George Bernard Shaw
To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often. ~ Winston Churchill
Progress is a nice word. But change is its motivator. And change has its enemies. ~ Robert Kennedy