Sheeple, rise up! By Nick Vandergragt
As I drove to the studio this morning, I started thinking about how we got where we are as a culture. How did a country with so much promise and opportunity, so much to offer, end up on the verge of economic, and societal collapse? How is it that a nation that on one hand, has unimagined wealth, largely untapped human resources and room to grow both economically and geographically within it’s own borders, end up with lacklustre leadership and generally speaking, a population so complacent and bereft spirit, that we are better described as “sheeple” than people?
The answer, in my opinion, is that we took the easy road. We took the lazy man’s way out. In previous generations, self reliance and the entrepreneurial spirit were not only lauded, but rewarded and held in high regard. Now these attributes are viewed as greedy self centered and morally bankrupt. It used to be a mark of honour to fulfill your own needs without help from anyone or anything, as was the desire to help your neighbour when they couldn’t help themselves. Today, we are taught that winning isn’t important. We are told that not only must we play fair, we must allow others who are not as skilled or as talented, to win anyway, even though they have not paid the price for victory, on the field of sports, in the class room and increasingly in the market place.
So the Canadian experience is turned on its head. We can’t study our own history unless it passes through modern day political filters lest it offend some particular special interest group. We cannot be “too proud” of our country and fly our flag from our homes, it might bring down property values. We are told that our input is not needed to educate our children. The experts are far more suited to the task. If we object, we are either ignored, or paid lip service while the “educators” carry on as if nothing had happened, indoctrinating our young people for their own political agendas. Property rights are not only not respected, they are seen as an impediment which must be overcome. They stand in the way of progress.
We have no say in how much tax we pay or what that money should be spent on. In short, we are allowed to be the golden goose for the government, but nothing else.
So what should we do about it? After all, the problem is massive and layered from years of neglect. The answer might sound trite, simple and even dated, but we must start paying attention. If education is power, then we must learn as much as we can about who we are dealing with, and what their designs and plans are. We must also stop taking the easy way out. We need to turn up at town hall meetings. We must join parent/teacher groups to let our attitudes be known about what is going on. Getting involved in our communities is not optional, it is obligatory.
In a nutshell, we must reengage in the political process for no other reason than to make sure that those who lord over us are reminded that the power they wield is given to them on a temporary basis and if not used correctly, can and will be revoked. That means in real terms that we MUST vote every chance we get. If we don’t fire those who abuse the power we entrust them with, don’t be surprised if nothing changes.
As a culture, our province and country are in a fight that has spanned decades and shows no signs of slowing down. In fact the opposite is true. Our opponents seem more invigorated and energized than ever before. At the moment they rule the day, but as in dark times in the past, their success is a mere fog, easily scattered when exposed to a bright sun and strong breeze. By jumping feet first into the fray we can win back what we have unwittingly surrendered. We can turn the tide and restore our home to its former place of prestige. Ontario is worth fighting for. It is where we live work and play and we need to make sure that the freedom we enjoy today will be available for our children as they grow and have families of their own. So swallow your fear, strap on your armour and take up your weapon. The time for letting others do it is past. You are either a part of the solution or by your apathy, part of the problem. Let us enter the political arena confident in ourselves and our cause for on this battlefield, there are no rusty swords.