Our federal election is just around the corner. Who would have thought a week ago that anything out of the ordinary could happen to make this, potentially, an historic occasion? I first read of the election mobs being held on college campuses a few weeks ago. I thought it an interesting way to get young people to vote, to become aware of the issues and get involved. The youth vote in Canada has been historically low, around 37%. If the polls are any indication, things are about to change in a big way.
There is a slight problem here though. The push behind the youth vote is being orchestrated by left leaning groups and individuals. This translates into a surge of support for the NDP, our national socialist party. The Liberals have always been left and socialist, but not nearly to the degree that the NDP is. There is now talk among the political pundits of an NDP official opposition, putting the Liberals in third position. And Jack is talking about being Prime Minister!
This is certainly unprecedented in Canadian history. There is potential for big trouble if either the NDP form government, or even if they are the opposition. Power is what will give them the ability to push their agenda.
The NDP stand for and indeed push for big government. As if it was not already big enough. They promise to give all things to all people, to right all wrongs and make everyone an equal. However, even a socialist eventually runs out of other people's money. And, a government big enough to give everything to everybody is also big enough to take everything away from everybody. Socialism is a failure. Always has been, always will be. If the youth vote understood the basics of political philosophy, they would not be rooting for the NDP. Their future depends on it.
Please, someone correct me if I am wrong, but I think it was GK Chesterton who stated that if a young person is not a Liberal when he is young, he does not have a heart. If he is not a Conservative when he is older, he does not have a brain.
One last observation. In my business over the years, I have worked predominantly for middle age to elderly folks. In the course of things, if the conversation comes around to politics, I discover that 9 times out of 10, this demographic is Conservative. There is a collective wisdom that is often ignored because it comes from the aged. With a lifetime of experience and knowledge, you would think these people know something that young people do not.