All right, friends. It’s time we had a chat about politics. A real one. I’m not talking about the vote for me and I’ll be your lesser of evils kind of chat. I’m not talking about the train wreck that is the provincial Liberals or the NDP is gonna save us kinda chat. I’m sure the Conservatives are out here somewhere too.
I’m talking about you and I’m talking about me. I’m talking about you and me in our larger community. I’m talking about where we’re going and why we’re in such a hurry. I’m talking about time. I’m talking about the quality of the life I want to be living, the quality of the life you want to be living, the quality of life we want to be living.
Truth is, I don’t want to be the one doing most of the talking. Sure, I’ve got some ideas about a quality of life that isn’t based on accumulation of wealth or access to luxury on the backs of populations that are suffering. I’ve got some ideas about a quality of life that can be achieved without the enslavement and destruction of our environment, our bodies, our hearts, our minds, our time. I’ve got some ideas about the importance of family, creativity, community, picnics in the park, and sleep. I’ve got some ideas about working less and living more. Truth is, I still don’t want to be the one doing most of the talking.
Now you probably want to say, but Hollis, why are you standing up there, why are you in the papers, why is your name on the ballot if you’re not going to lead us to a better and brighter future like all of these other politicians are promising to? Well, I’m standing here to make a point. Our system is not just broken; it’s been built to keep us out.
And our politicians, our government? Well, they’ve tricked us, they’ve beaten us, they’ve grabbed the power, and they’ve built fences and ivory towers. They’ve dressed up a dictatorship as a democracy; they’ve peddled their promises every few years and called it an election. It’s time for some disruption.
Truth is, I am not a politician. I am political. Just like you are political, just like our community can get together and be political. I don’t have all of the answers—neither does any one person, any other candidate or politician running in this city, in this province, in this country, anywhere, ever. They sure like to think they do though; they sure like to act like they do though. And why should we let them?
It’s time we take our collective seat at the gilded table. It’s time we dismantle the thing. It’s time we consider what we want and how we want it. It’s time we get together with our neighbours and our community, our friends and our family; it’s time we consider the destruction this political game is wreaking. It’s time for something different, something for you and for me. It’s time for everything.