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Monday, March 03, 2008

"from time to time we should disempower them."

Former Education Minister David King has a great titled Democracy: The Unfinished Revolution this month's edition of Alberta Views Magazine - if you haven't already picked up a copy, you should. Here's the quote:

"Government does not empower citizens, and the government that suggests it does is arrogant and ignorant. Citizens empower government, and citizens can disempower governments. From time to time we should disempower them."
- David King, PC MLA Edmonton-Highlands (1971-1986)

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the Kudos Dave! Alberta Views' staff appreciates all the support we can get.

Beth
Alberta Views

Anonymous said...

Well said by AB views.

It could be a sad, sad voter turnout! And Albertans have only themselves to blame.

Although having inspiring and exciting candidates wouldn't hurt either!!

Jarrett L.

joel said...

ahhhhh if the tories win like they're leading now i'm going to move to BC, for serious.

Anonymous said...

Seeya, Joel.

These results are.. incredible. A larger majority than Klein's highest? I'll admit, I didn't find Taft's campaign that great but.. jesus.

The do say that democracy gives people the government they deserve. I never quite understood what that meant until now. I expect it'll take the PC voters another couple years to figure it out.

Anonymous said...

so so sad tonite...

Anonymous said...

Hmmm. Harry Strom, huh?

Anonymous said...

Hmmm. How's that Harry Strom link working out?

Anonymous said...

“If you couldn't win under these circumstances when are you ever going to win?” --Harold Jansen

Simon said...

Lowest turnout ever.

Anonymous said...

The reason the Liberals continue to fail is they simply don't get it. Case in point: "I feel really sorry for the people who voted PC." Aman Gill, failed Liberal candidate in Edmonton-Mill Creek.

Wow. Nice insult to voters, that'll help next election!

Anonymous said...

The reason the Liberals continue to fail is they simply don't get it. Case in point: "I feel really sorry for the people who voted PC." Aman Gill, failed Liberal candidate in Edmonton-Mill Creek.

Wow. Nice insult to voters, that'll help next election!

Anonymous said...

Ouch! I guess you'll have to eat a lot of words now. Or, you could just call the electorate stupid, take your ball and go home.

Anonymous said...

I suppose you know you're pressing the right buttons when you're getting a bunch of criticisms on your blog.

Nice work on you coverage Dave. I've really enjoyed your coverage of some of the exciting aspects of this election. Maybe you can run in the next election.

Jonathan said...

WOOT! What a victory for people who think that a caucus meeting is the same thing as a sitting o the Legislative Assembly. As a basis of comparison, a similar majority would be 267 of 308 of the seats in the House of Commons.

Now THAT's democracy.....and since it's entering its fifth decade, I wonder if we'll start to be seen as Cuba!

Anonymous said...

Or we can disempower the naysayers.....

and leave them utterly dispirited.

Taft has no one to blame but himself and his party's shortcomings and lack of respect for the average voter. Low voter turnout is no excuse, because it was the Liberal voters who seemed to stay home in droves, especially in Edmonton. Calgary is the Redder city now. That's sad that the Libs couldn't even be bothered to shore up their core support.

If you're smart Dave, you'll start calling for Taft's head, now....

Ken Chapman said...

Every free and fair election is an exercise in citizen empowerment Dave.

They also decide to whom they will grant their consent to govern at the ballot box. The Liberals NOT getting support is about the Liberals - not the electorate.

Indifference is a choice made by those who are content to let others decide the future for them...sad but that is the whole truth about those who don't show up to make a difference.