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Partisan politics are poison.  Politics, like sports, seem to be some obscene justification for the vilification of your neighbour, postman, and complete strangers.  Even more tragic are the inherited party allegiances that seem to pass from parents to children in this age of identity confusion.

I grew up in a small town in Ontario.  My parents were, and still are, Liberals.  In the intervening years since leaving the protection of their voting history I have voted Green (at least twice, maybe three times), Liberal (at least twice) and Conservative (a couple of times, maybe more).  I’ve never voted NDP, though I think that Jack Layton is an upstanding guy, as I can’t agree with their pro-union stance.  Workers rights, absolutely — pro-union, not so much.

Why am I baring my political soul online?  I do it to make a point.  I am not Liberal, Conservative, or Green.  I have liberal views, conservative views, and views from all over the political map.  I vote for fiscal conservatism, small government, and environmental sustainability.  I also vote for preservation of the family, for the supports of our aging population and our children.  Moreover, I refuse to be classified by my political views, no matter the business, personal or political advantages it may bring to me or my family.

To be classified by a political policy, especially one that I have no part in developing, minimizes my contribution to the world and underestimates my ability to assess and react to the changing tides of the world.  To identify myself as ‘Conservative’ (or any other party) makes me an indentured servant, forever defending their positions, even when I may completely disagree with the absurdity that they foist on the Canadian people.  I am an individual, with unique thoughts, ideas, hopes and aspirations.

If you want to win my vote, don’t promise to spend my tax dollars giving back a pittance of what I pay, *DO* these three things:

1)  Be open, honest and transparent.  I may not like the decisions you make, but if I can understand the logic you followed at least I can begin to understand why the decision was made.

2) Don’t vilify your opponents.  They are men and women, husbands and wives, sons and daughters … just like you and I.  Sure we may disagree on the nuances of governance, but we are all civil human beings, and should act as such.  We are not our political stripes, but part of the human family.

3) Be democratic.  If our children behaved the way that our politicians behave, we would have grounded them for eternity.  There is nothing civil about politics.  Instead of being ambassadors for our cities, provinces and countries, politicians come across as spoiled brats bent on making life miserable for their co-workers while blatantly ignoring the concepts of equality and justice that everyone else in society seem to hold in high esteem.

Next time you are in a conversation with someone and discover that they are not of the same political stripe, take a deep breath and set it aside.  Their political profile doesn’t really matter after all.  You can still enjoy a BBQ together, work together, or volunteer together.  You can break bread, hatch ideas and, most important of all, you can depend on one another in times of need.

Politics should serve humanity, not dissolve it.  If you have to wonder which political party someone belongs to before offering them a hand of help or friendship, then you are a slave to the ideals of a failed system.  Yes, the poison of partisan politics are slowly killing humanity.

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