During these last few weeks I have wrestled with a number of things in relation to the Green Party of Saskatchewan. I have always been open and honest, and I will continue to be so. I don’t like politics, I don’t like what it does to people… yet I continue on in my role as President of the provincial Green Party, and as a candidate whenever called upon. After all, if I were to step down, I’d be letting the politicians win – and they’ve already shown their colours. I can’t, in good conscience, leave the politics to the politicians.
I believe in the Green Party. I believe in our principles. I believe people can make a difference. I cling to the ideal that we are better when we work together, and that we can accomplish anything. I believe in honest open discussion. I believe that we can move past our mistakes to become better. I must hold fast to the notion that we will bring about change. But today? Today I am disheartened.
I just deleted eight paragraphs from this blog post. Eight Paragraphs! The fact of the matter is that there are things going on of which I am not proud. I am concerned. And for one particular thing I am down right embarrassed. If my daughter treated someone as shabbily as some members of the provincial Greens have treated a former candidate and leadership contender she would be up for a stern discussion, at the end of which you could be darn sure she would never treat someone that poorly again.
I hate politics. I hate what it does to people. Can we not stand on different sides of an issue, on different sides of a campaign, yet still treat one another with respect and dignity? We are all in the same boat… and it appears to be taking on water. 😦
I really want to brag about something my husband did. Something that made me proud in an enormous way. But he asked me not to. He doesn’t think acting like a human being is brag worthy… but trust me, it is.
So many times, people don’t treat one another well. So many people are treated as sub-par. So many so, that it’s become more normal for it to happen than for it not to. It shouldn’t be something worth bragging on – to treat folks with dignity and respect. To treat them as equals. But in this day and age, it really is. Especially when you defend said people against remarks or injustices.
I can’t provide details. But I had to say something. Today, I’m so proud of my man… Because to treat people as equals really is a big deal in a world where it’s not expected. 🙂