Look past the theatrics

Theatrics are great when you watch a magic show. They make the audience look away from where the illusion happens.

Theatrics, during an election, a race for leadership of a political party, or to push an agenda, are there to either obstruct your view or distraction from the big picture. Think about commercials where they repeat the same thing over and over; or when they use quote out of context, or simply use big bold fonts and an angry tone. Those type of commercials really want you to notice specific things, without looking at other actions, context, or repercussions.

Theatrics are there at conventions to hype up the crowd and get people ready to listen and cheer. Theatrics can even make sure that you will view actions and words in a specific ways.

It can be hard to look past the theatrics if they are constructed with words, opinions and ideas that resonate with your worries, concerns, or priorities. It is important to not take all the commercials, rhetoric, or propaganda at face value, which is the goal of theatrics. Theatrics are there to make you stop in your tracks and go no further.

If you find yourself stopped in your tracks by theatrics, commercials, speeches, or quotes, take the time to look behind the curtain. Find a way to take a step back and ask “What is this blocking from my view?” or “What are they not including in this message?”

One of the theatrics all political parties like to use is the promise to lower taxes with the shine reward of more money in your pocket. However, taxes are the way for government to have a budget to spend on things like health care, roads, environment protection, and military. How many ads about lowering taxes ever mentions budget cuts? Let’s be honest, reduction in taxes, is a reduction in budget, is a reduction in health care, roads, etc.

Theatrics are there to get your attention and to keep your attention from wondering about everything else.

 

Make it a game! Identify the theatrics and compare notes with your friends and family.

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Why a book titled The Power of Your Vote

When the idea for the book came, the election was about a year away. What I noticed was that people were already going at each other over allegiance to political party or opinions. However, no one was really talking about their priorities, what they wanted from a government, or how things could be done better where they lived.

Most of what I read were attacks and people acting like sport fans of political parties. Most important thing to remember Politic is not a sport.

So I wrote this book to start different conversion about politics, political party promises, and candidates. Also, to help myself and others to participate in democracy by voting, of course, but also, by talking about our priorities, our points of view, and opinions.

The book is not mainly about politics, more about communication. How sometimes the medium used to communicate promises is just emotions in a bottle then facts or information.

It is my belief that the more we vote, the more politicians will listen to votes instead of lobbyist or big party donors. Every voter has a power, and it is a vote.

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Crisis time: give the government a chance

It is Saturday March 14, 2020. It is Pie day (3.14). It is also Covid-19 season or wave.

I have to admit to not have check a lot of comments on the different governmental twitter accounts that I follow or politicians that I follow. I do follow some journalists so that I get updated reports. And again, I have not read the comments.

This is definitely a crisis that is effecting the world and Canada as well. I have to say that I feel informed and prefer a quiet and tempered approach to this pandemic. Not only are provincial governments and the federal government appear to be informed, it feels like they are taking the right measure.

The bigger problem I see, is that some are already rendering judgment on the actions taken, without give each measure the needed time to take effect.

For those of you that want to get more information, here is a link to the Canadian Government website: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html. Here is also the CDC’s website link: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html.

Remember to wash your hands and let the politician do politics.

Be respectful and kind with the people that surround you.

 

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Did you get into a fight at Christmas by talking politics?

We all want to engage in democracy and talk to our family about politics and which party would be best, and who had the best program. However, no matter how you try to stay civil, someone will come in and just talk loud and call everyone else an idiot.

Try instead to talk about priorities. Ask you friends and family what is new in their lives and what are their priorities for the new year. This will inform you more about how they see there day to day and what is coming up in the months and years to come.

Priorities is what we need to assess before even looking at a political party and their programs. If you are the member of a political party, that is even more important because you could influence the party program and agenda for the next year and the next election. However, if you let big donors and business dictate what direction your party should take, you may lose site of your family and your own priorities.

Take a chance, and ask someone you care about what their priorities are.

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Minority government

At times a minority government may not feel like anyone their election. However, I have to admit that it feels like my vote has more power when there is a minority government in power.

The main reason I say this, is that with a majority government if you did not vote for that particular political party, it may feel like you have to wait four years before you have a say. Whereas with a minority government, even if the candidate you voted for was not elected, there is a good chance some members of that political party has been elected and may have the balance of power.

Time will tell how long the Liberal government will stay in power. I, for one, will be watching what gets done, who simply oppose to oppose, and who will work for Canadians.

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