Letter – Don’t brand everyone with the same iron

This is in response to one of the articles by Richard Froese in the Jan. 10, 2018 South Peace News. The headline is ‘Farmers say carbon tax driving agriculture out’.

In the story, Froese quotes a Seig Hollies as saying, “It is the left wing agenda to move money from the hard-working men and women to someone less active and more supportive of that government.”

I will take the quote at its face. To that I say, “Take your meds, you really need them.”

First, the implication is that socialists and the people who support them are lazy and less active. I am not nearly as active as I used to be. I have really bad arthritis and a laundry list of other ailments, but I assure you that I do not necessarily support the NDP.

Nor do I always support a conservative. It depends on their views, their policies and how sincere I think they are.

I have known many people who would likely have qualified as socialists in Hollies’ view, who worked themselves to death.

I have also known batship crazy conservatives who carried a massive sense of entitlement around with them and figured they just deserved everything they could lay their sticky fingers on just because they were so wonderful.

I agree that democracy is not a spectator sport but you have got to watch what team you are playing on and why.

I am no fan of the carbon tax or any other number of policies the NDP have come up with and there are others I support.

The Canadian Taxpayers Association has ran afoul of its own stated ideals a few times. They seem to be able to afford that shinny big truck and tows around that debt clock. Neither are cheap.

Before I gave Ezra Levant a piece of my mind and quit watching the Rebel News, I used to see the federation’s peeps on there a lot. I wasn’t too pleased with them either.

In the words of the interim premier [I sill miss that guy] after Alison Redford disgraced herself, “They take complicated issues and over simplify them,” or words to that effect.

One thing about these groups is they are media savvy. They know what a sound bite is and they can produce one. The problem is that the information they include is not always 100 per cent fair or accurate.

Fildebrant, who keeps putting his foot in it over and over, is an alumni.

They make their money this way. Where all of their funding comes from I am not sure, but they have slick Websites, a lot of people with fancy titles, and I am sure expense accounts.

If you want to make a difference look to provincial politics and drop the rhetoric. The NDP is going to be on the ropes. The Liberals, the Alberta Party, and the United Conservative Party are going to have newbies at the helm for the next election. Everyone will be shopping around for support that will make them more responsive.

The CTF is not the best way to go about it. The lofty rhetoric and slick production values will not be as effective as some well-placed letters to individual politicians.

It won’t be as much fun either. These guys work on your anger. You need to understand what you are getting angry about so you can do something constructive about it.

Remember your proud heritage as a farmer. You are supposed to be an independent minded, weather beaten, jack-of-all-trades.

You get up at dawn, work all day and half the night, you labour around the clock for next to nothing and no thanks at all.

You deserve to have someone in your corner with your best interests at heart, or someone who we have some chance of controlling. That would not be some slick willy ‘federation’.

These politicians are our politicians. Sort of. We get to take first swing at them, and they don’t have that debt clock to hide behind.

Eva Sartorius,
High Prairie

 

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