Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Powerless?


Ever feel powerless? We all try to some degree to have control of our lives, whether it be the type of job we have or whom we choose to vote for in elections.




I mentioned last week that we in Canada are having an election on May 2nd. This time around I will not be supporting the political party I usually support. I have decided to vote 'strategically' and will be voting for another party.




The whole point of this strategy is to ensure that the present 'ruling' minority government/party will not get re-elected.




I do not agree with their philosophy on any of the issues and am worried what may be implemented by them should they get the majority vote they are so desperately seeking this time.




Am I powerless? Actually I do not think I am. I can vote for whomever I want in order to have the type of country in which to live. As we can see on the news a few countries in north Africa are fighting to have this right to vote for reform and change.




Now if more people here realized the power we have in our 'vote', I think they would look at the issues being presented by the candidates and vote accordingly. I hope the majority think the same way I do this time!









16 comments:

  1. Wowsers! Those photos are fabulous. Pictures 2 and 3 almost looked like maps (even though I know they are tree bark!)

    We have got a referendum vote coming up in the UK too - bizarrley it is a proposed change to the voting system - to make it more representative of what the population wants! Radical thought!

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  2. Let's hope a majority of Canadians think like you, Jim!

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  3. Those pictures are fabulous. My favorite plant photos ever has been the full moon maple series you did a while ago, and which I still carry in my mind. Now it's a tie.

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  4. Beautiful pictures. As usual. I too feel powerless...about a lot of thing.

    Today it is because our government is about to shut down in a couple of days and all the "buzz" is about which party will be blamed for it! Amazing!

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  5. He who votes is never powerless. I am thankful for the right to vote and the freedom to voice my opinions about who and how I vote. That in itself is empowering. Good photos, Jim, and yes, we would make great junkin' buddies!!!

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  6. Those pictures are fabulous!

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  7. it is an illusion to think that we have control over anything! Beautiful pics...

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  8. Truely fabulous photos! I agree all of our votes make a difference, and we should not take this power for granted. Apathy can affect no change.

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  9. splendid pictures, all of them, but thanx especially for the birch tree.

    i find it ironic though that such pictures are associated with such a troubled question, our political future. but you are right, we can't be apathic when faced with those issues, like many folks are. i don't recall ever missing a single federal or provincial election. i'm no specialist but i keep abreast of the situations going on in this country.(i mean the whole country!!) the day comes quickly where we'll have to make a decision...collectively!

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  10. If only all politics were black & white...
    and amazingly breathtaking & inspiring... like your photos.

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  11. I try not to talk polictics. Especially in my own house. You know, living with a King of all Liberals. But I am digging those photos!
    Your Friend, m.

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  12. I'm in total agree with you and with Mountain Thyme--I feel powerless to change how things are going in Washington DC today, but have to remember that in our last election my single vote did make a difference.

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  13. We too have to vote here in May. There are so many people who don't use their vote, but you must, if you want to change things.
    Your photos are stunning. I do hope you and yours are all well, x Linda

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  14. I like how your photos are black and white...even though our government isn't. It can feel so hopeless at times- I appreciate your thoughts on this election.
    I may have to re-strategize as well....

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  15. I've voted this way, too - sometimes it seems the best way to the desired goal. And we are SO fortunate to have a vote!

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  16. This may be a duplicate but, I think that just as I went to hit the post comment button, the screen flipped and I hit another button instead.

    I have been registered with one political party my entire life, but, in the past few years, I have found myself voting more and more for candidates of the other party. The right to vote is a privilege and a duty that I take very seriously. I just wish more people did.

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