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Opinion: Old man yells at cloud

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Opinion: Up, down, left, right…


By: Taylor Wilson, Staff Writer at The Westward Independent


In the grand, often bewildering landscape of modern politics, where the choices often feel as limited as the menu at a vegan BBQ in Texas, we find ourselves pondering the lesser of two evils. It’s a concept as worn out as my grandpa’s favourite armchair, yet here we are, season after season, election after election, wondering if this is as good as it gets.


The idea of choosing the lesser evil in politics is akin to deciding whether you’d prefer to stub your toe or get a paper cut: both are painful, neither is desirable, and you can’t help but wonder why those are your only options. This political Groundhog Day not only tests our patience but also our faith in the system itself. It’s like being stuck in a loop of “Sophie’s Choice,” where every choice feels wrong and the consequences are far-reaching. Whether it’s Liberals vs. Conservatives or NDP dreaming of being the bridesmaid that finally catches the bouquet, the narrative is painfully familiar. We’re stuck in a loop, voting for the lesser evil in the hopes that this time, maybe, things will be different.


Let’s face it, the spectacle of elections, especially viewed from our perch up here in Cowichan Valley, often feels like watching a neighbour’s house party that you weren’t invited to—loud, messy, and leaving you glad you’re not part of the cleanup. But it also leaves a lingering question: is this what democracy is supposed to be? A choice between the devil and the deep blue sea, with us, the voters, left navigating the treacherous waters in between?


The politics of lesser evil or harm reduction, as some like to frame it, isn’t just an American phenomenon; it’s a global political merry-go-round. And Canada is no exception. We watch, sometimes in horror, sometimes in amusement, as our neighbours to the south duke it out, all the while secretly recognizing our reflections in their struggles.


It’s a universal truth that politics can often feel like choosing between a root canal and a colonoscopy—necessary, but hardly pleasant. And yet, this is the menu democracy offers, a buffet of choices where everything is overcooked or underseasoned. But here’s the rub: it doesn’t have to be this way.


Democracy, in its ideal form, is not a zero-sum game. It’s not about choosing the lesser evil but striving for the greater good. It’s about envisioning a political landscape where choices inspire rather than dishearten, where leaders elevate rather than diminish, and where the voice of the people is not just heard but heeded.


In Canada, we pride ourselves on our “peace, order, and good government,” yet we too find ourselves mired in the lesser evil debate. Whether it’s federal or provincial, left or right, we’re often left wondering if our vote is a tool for change or merely a Band-Aid on a bullet wound.


But here’s where we, as citizens and as a community, can pivot. The lesser evil narrative is a powerful one, but it’s not the only story to be told. Politics is more than what happens at the ballot box; it’s what happens in our communities, in our conversations, and in our collective actions.


The challenge, then, is to shift the narrative. To move beyond the binary choice of the lesser evil and to start demanding more from our leaders and ourselves. It’s about holding those in power accountable, not just at election time but every day. It’s about engaging in the political process with eyes wide open, recognizing that democracy is a living, breathing entity that thrives on participation, not apathy.


So, let’s roll up our sleeves, Cowichan Valley. Let’s dive into the messiness of politics with the knowledge that we have the power to enact change. Let’s demand more from our leaders, more from our system, and more from ourselves. Because in the end, the true measure of a democracy is not in the evils we avoid, but in the good we do.


As we look toward the future, let’s remember that the lesser evil is a choice, but it’s not our only choice. We can strive for better, we can demand better, and we can achieve better. It’s time to reimagine what politics can be, to envision a system that reflects our values, our hopes, and our aspirations.


In the grand scheme of things, politics should be about lifting us up, not weighing us down. It should be about finding solutions, not settling for compromises. And it should be about building a future that we can all be proud of, one where the lesser evil is a relic of the past, and the greater good is the standard by which we measure our progress.


So here’s to challenging the status quo, raising our voices, and redefining what it means to participate in a democracy. Because, Cowichan Valley, if there’s one thing we all know for sure: the game isn’t over until the final whistle blows. And in the game of politics, that whistle is far from being heard. So, let’s not just play the game; let’s change it. Let’s not settle for the lesser evil; let’s strive for the greater good. It’s a tall order, but if anyone’s up for the challenge, it’s the folks here in Cowichan Valley. After all, we’re not just spectators in this political arena; we’re players, and it’s time we took control of the game.


As we move forward, let’s remember that our engagement doesn’t end at the voting booth. It’s just the beginning. Our democracy, our community, and our future are shaped by our actions, our voices, and our commitment to change. So, let’s make our mark, Cowichan Valley. Let’s be the change we want to see in the world, one vote, one action, and one day at a time. Because in the end, the true victory isn’t in choosing the lesser evil; it’s in creating a legacy of good that will outlast any election cycle.


In the spirit of making a difference, let’s not forget the power of community. It’s in our local gatherings, our town halls, and our forums that we find the strength to challenge the status quo. It’s where we find our allies, our ideas, and our inspiration. So, let’s come together, not just as voters, but as visionaries. Let’s build a community that reflects our values, champions our causes, and stands as a beacon of what true democracy can be.


The road ahead is long, and the challenges are many, but the potential for change is limitless. It’s time to move beyond the lesser evil and to embrace a politics of hope, action, and transformation. Cowichan Valley, the future is in our hands. Let’s make it a future worth fighting for, a future where every voice is heard, every vote counts and every day brings us closer to the society we dream of.


So here’s to the journey ahead, to the challenges we’ll face, and to the victories we’ll achieve. Together, we can rewrite the political narrative, from one of compromise and concession to one of courage and conviction. Let’s not be defined by the choices we’re given, but by the choices we make. Let’s not follow the path of least resistance, but blaze a trail of lasting impact.


In closing, let’s remember that politics is not just about the battles we fight, but about the future we build. It’s not just about the lesser of two evils, but about the greater good we can achieve. And in this endeavour, every one of us has a role to play. So, let’s step up, Cowichan Valley. Let’s be the architects of our destiny, the authors of our future, and the champions of a democracy that truly represents us all.


Together, we can turn the tide, shift the narrative, and create a legacy of positive change. It won’t be easy, but nothing worth doing ever is.


Let’s get to work, Cowichan Valley, and show the world what real democracy looks like.


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