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Changing Times By Rolly A. Chabot

Updated on March 18, 2016
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Welcome

I do hope you slipped on a warm coat to get here, we are having our usual March weather here in the foothills to the Rocky Mountains. 50 mph winds and sideways snow yesterday, one could say it was blustery out there.

Welcome to the Fireside, I like to think of it as a place which is warm and inviting. I apologies in advance for the cool outside but it will be better soon. I actually have some perennials starting to peek and say hello, only to tuck their heads back in and say no way.

Please get comfortable while I babble along on a subject I have been watching change the past number of years. I am sorry in advance for the rant... Please know that you are loved... hugs to all who read this.

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Pushback

I have sat and watched with interest this past several years the unrest in people. This is so true in the political arena which is so famous for dragging their heels at working for the average working person. I may be out of line in painting a general picture by suggesting I am reminded of pigs pushing and shoving to get to the trough. Once elected they seem to forget they are put into place to work for the people, accomplishing little or nothing except to see to it they are well looked after in their later years.

I realize of course being in the political limelight requires a great deal of sacrifice. In Canada a good example of the pay off comes in securing the top paying retirement after serving only 4 years. For every dollar our federal Members of Parliament pay into the fund, the taxpayers match each dollar by an additional 17 dollars. Plus we pay for all the perks, travel, food etc while they are away from home.

In my case I have paid thousands of dollars in pension deduction over my 40 plus years of working, there is no matching funds and I clear approximately 1500 dollars per month as long as I live. I have been fortunate enough over the years to invest heavily in the markets, some high risk but mainly mid risk. It is these funds that allow me to have a good retirement. At 18,000 in government pension I would never be able to make it and still live the lifestyle I do.

In contrast we have political leaders who are as young as 40 pulling down a pension of 80-100 K per year. They have never faced a depression, a war or really hard times. In turn the men and women who placed their lives on the line during war times are having to sacrifice to get by. Just doing the math I guess I should have focused on a political career rather than running all over, working various high paying trades. All I can say is I am thankful I invested.

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What We See

I have been following the political unrest in both Canada and the US. I will pick on one leader the people seem to have followed. Donald Trump is a good example, he is saying what other leaders are afraid to say. He is promising to change the landscape of all of America and return it back to what it originally stood for. Do I agree with all he says, no certainly not but I do give him credit for being a business man who has been very successful. Can you say that about many of the past Presidents or those who are running presently.

People are angry, they are fed up with the lies, the corruption they have been seeing over the years. All of the forgotten and unaccomplished promises made while they are seeking to line up for the feeding frenzy to get to the top. The unrest we are seeing at delegations is getting more and more pronounced. People on both sides of our borders are screaming for their rights, small left wing groups are claiming victories each day at what cost.

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Freedoms

We are truly blessed with having freedom to voice our opinions. No matter what your freedom is you have the right to speak out. They are slowly being eroded on a daily basis where religion, belief systems etc are turning the tides where groups who are a minority are operating claiming what ever is said or done they find offensive. I say if you choose to live in a country then you live by the laws of that country. I would defy anyone who dare enter the borders of where they came from and make the same demands.

Both our countries over the years have opened their borders to immigrants seeking a better life. Good hard working people who accepted our morals and values. Today is far different, far to often people are coming in claiming refuge status and yet they are mainly well dressed young men.

I am all for giving a hand up and supporting immigration if there is an effort to better yourself. I am opposed to having to watch immigrants come in and use the system fully and yet stand waving their countries flags and protesting. People are getting to the point of beginning to reject the immigration policy all together. How long is before you have opened your doors before you become the minority.

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      Tim Mitchell 15 months ago from Escondido, CA

      Thank you for expressing your views Rolly. Like you I have a meager return to manage life with. I have never really given attention to politics until this year here in the U.S. It certainly is not what I thought before while today with less it is much more important what political forces do.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 15 months ago from Southern Illinois

      This was like taking a breath of fresh air amid choking smoke coming from unrest here in America. I too, am sick of all the fighting and lies coming from the political arena. Who is telling us the truth? I think the little people have had enough and are following Mr. Trump. I do not know if he will do all he says he will do? Closing our borders is a hurtful thought to me. We were all immigrants in the beginning, but with the violence and evil people coming in, I can see the reasoning. There are many things that need to be changed, for example, our supreme court needs to have term limits. Well I guess I have ranted enough. Thank you for giving me the opportunity.

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      Judy Specht 15 months ago from California

      After a life time of paying attention to politics I must confess this election cycle has been one of the most screwy and interesting one I have ever seen.. Trump is messing with media in a most delightful way. That said this election has dire consequences. When comedian Jimmy Kimmel did a man on the street interview asking young adults what they thought about supreme court nominations; one was supposed to have a criminal records, one was a television characters and the like. The young people thought they were fine and good. Total ignorance without shame. Good grief.

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      Eric Dierker 15 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Well done. I have this uneasy feeling. I am insecure. I am generally very content in life but now I feel a change is necessary. Business as usual is causing a downward spiral I do not like. Here we had this in the late 70's. Now it is back with a vengeance. It would seem that once again it is time for an outsider to take the reins.

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      Demas W Jasper 15 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      God's will will prevail and we are very likely to get what we deserve in our own best interests.

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      Brian Leekley 15 months ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      None of the Republican candidates has any sense, is competent, or has any honorable principles. They are as bad as Harper was in Canada. Cruz and Trump are the worst of a bad lot. President Obama is, and Clinton as president would be, much too conservative, but they look good next to any Republican. The great harm that Harper did in Canada and that Republicans in power are doing in the US from local to state to federal levels, including here in Michigan, shows that the first step in solving problems instead of making them worse is to vote Republicans out of office and neoliberal Democrats, too. Only those candidates who say yes to these two questions and demonstrate that they mean it should get a vote: Will you put higher priority on achieving climate justice and a sustainably livable planet than on the ill-gotten profits of global-warmers and polluters? Will you defend democracy, human rights, civil rights, and worker rights by using laws and regulations to curb the overweening lust for power of corporations and their corrupt, parasitic grabbing of wealth at the expense of nature and humanity?

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      John Hansen 15 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Interesting and informative article Rolly. I am just an outside observer looking in, so it will be interesting to see how the US election pans out...for better or for worse.

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I grew up in the 60s so I can't honestly say the unrest is more today than back then, but it is fueled today by fear more than then...fear leads to irrationality and I think we are seeing a great deal of that. Changes must be made. Canada and the U.S. have a chance to work together to make North America a safe haven for all....I hope cooler, rational minds prevail in the months to come.

      hugs from Olympia

      bill

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      Rolly A Chabot 15 months ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi tsmog... thank you for the comment, I do believe it important we follow what is happening with our government now more than ever before... good for you for taking the incentive to watch...

      Waves from Canada

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      Rolly A Chabot 15 months ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Always... thanks for the comment and sharing your views. I do think you are bang on. Donald like most are striving to do the best for the country but the key element of any politician is can he/she deliver.

      Closing borders is not the answer, more due diligence to whom you are letting in is the key. I do think it is time for a good shake up.

      Hugs from Alberta Canada

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      Rolly A Chabot 15 months ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi tirelesstraveler... there is the comical side to elections no matter where you go. We seen it here in Canada during our last election when asking the youth who they would vote for. When asked who they were voting for, answers such as," I will vote for him because he has nice hair."

      We all have the right to have a vote, I would think your vote should count more than having nice hair let alone thinking of the massive debt and or what the candidate can do for the good of the nation... it is sad really.

      Hugs from Canada

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      Rolly A Chabot 15 months ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Eric... I hear you about being uneasy. The same is felt this side of your Northern borders with a leader who is spending money faster than it can be printed. In the end there will be a massive deficit future generations will be forced to shoulder. At the same time while they distance themselves from the public.

      Blessings from Canada

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      Rolly A Chabot 15 months ago from Alberta Canada

      I agree perspycacious... yet we are called to be vigilant and aware of all that is happening.

      Blessings from Canada

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      Deb Hirt 15 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      Times have changed so much. Everyone used to pull their weight, now nobody cares any more. The big talkers make big promises, yet fulfill nothing. If things are to change, we must stand up for what is right and do it ourselves.

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      William Kovacic 14 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Hi Rolly,

      I get zero notifications these days, so I had to hunt this one down, I have to agree with Bill. I'm a 60's child too, Things are much worse today. Maybe the end is in sight. Hope all is well in the North Country!

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      Rolly A Chabot 10 months ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Brian:

      Sadly our two countries have been witness to the downfall of moral leadership. Over the years both countries have had their share of political misfortune. It is a shame that we the people have come to serve our leaders rather than having them serve the people.

      Blessings from Canada

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      Rolly A Chabot 10 months ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Jodah

      Thank you for stopping by the Fireside and like you I am an outsider but do watch with interest as no matter the outcome it will affect us all in the end.

      Blessings from Canada

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      Rolly A Chabot 10 months ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Bill:

      Could not agree with you more in regards to working together. Fear is a powerful tool, one which is so overused today. Canada was taken by storm with a majority Liberal Government who so far have done little to serve their own people. The damage done by poor government will be passed down for future generations to carry for years to come. I stand with you hoping and praying people really think of whom they are voting into office.

      Hugs from Alberta

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      Rolly A Chabot 10 months ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Deb... well spoken, what is truly needed is leadership who listen to the people. Make a promise and live up to what you have said would be a great start.

      Hugs from Canada

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      Rolly A Chabot 10 months ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi William:

      Thanks for finding me again and reading my blathering fingers. I come from the mid 40's era, raised by hard working people where the wooden spoon spoke the loudest. Then I went through the rebellious years and was fortunate enough to have been a Woodstock attendee. When I think back of the leadership we had back in those days compared to what we have today it is night and day. It is little more than pushing their way to the front of the line to get the best of the best caring little to nothing of the damage they do while in power. Things are much worse today with all the unrest we see... so sad.

      Hugs and Blessings from Canada

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