Towards Individual and
Dear Chairperson, Mr. Blaney, Doctors Carty and Sharmon, Members of the Assembly, staff, and interested people generally:
Please bear with me whilst I address myself in a personal way to Dr. Blaney.
I am doing this in this rather public way with Dr. Blaney's encouragement, he being indubitably a sport. We had the start of this conversation at the Wosk Centre Sunday 25th, January 04.
Dear Jack, I guess it is all a matter of having or not having personal principles, and integrity. To speak to you privately and publicly in this manner is a privilege and one which I will do my best honor. To be honest - I was quite ticked-off as I know you were with me for pursuing you for substantial understandings, so I feel I have to pin you down a bit. This is the third draft of this letter - and cooled down considerably from my earlier ones.
My skin is white but my heart is red. The white man (and now I see myself as brown, “poor boy went Native”) - the white man speaks often with a split tongue because he has a split mind. He will never find peace or balance and security as long as he ignores the spiritual, tribal and cultural ideals of our hosts - the First Nations People. These ideals are all too often obscured from public understanding. I consider myself a seeker of truth and a lover of wisdom. Fortunately for me I had brain damage at fourteen, by some accounts, so I was too out-to-lunch trying to discover how the world worked for my simple self, that I got to miss most of the classes where they teach you how to hornswaggle the people with high-sounding mumbo-jumbo. That is Professionalism or the way to make money immorally but legally from the mugs less well-lettered. What George Bernard Shaw called “Conspiracies against the Laity”.
This system, based on a hegemony of one, large extended family given to conspicuous consumption, which is in total control of the world's money, and ensures a cradle-to-grave debt and economic enslavement for the commons. The system is designed to keep the farmers, the productive workers and peasantry in their proper place, that is, fighting each other for the symbols of material success - which is a long way from the back room deals of the Greed Heads, those confused and fearful Creator's children like many of us on this Mother Planet under our Father Sun altogether in the same Soup or Surface Chemistry if you like. The very rich are more to be pitied than blamed - most of them - are worth more to many people dead than alive, so that many of the wealthy live squirreled away in mortal fear. Very Sad.
But it is this overwhelming fear that they will lose what they have, and often these are not well gotten Gains and therefore carry guilt. Consider what the results were when the Elector of the Duchy of Hessian made a dirty fortune by not paying the merceneries King George bought to fill out the British Army to police the Colonies of America. This resulted from the very sensible commons movement, The Lollards, who refused to go to fight in overseas Colonial Wars, which are always the result of investors following pirate adventurers.
Negative projection onto the future is the source of all anxiety and fear. Fear is also a result of an inadequate comprehension or love of the forces that create the individual. Fear is promulgated on all sides by those who would sustain the current, utterly corupted Satus Quo. You are right, Jack. I do talk a lot. I'm born a Bard, a Fluid Druid, which is not a religion, by the way; it is the practice of intelligent choice-making, eclectic philosophy. If there is a practical good idea out there, check it out - then adopt it. It is also a very good practice to acknowlege the source(s).
During our discussion last saturday 24th you gave me a verbal assurance - a man-to-man undertaking - that Oral Presentations would be heard before the Plenary Body in September, following public interest being shown at 42 local assemblies to be held around the province. In that chat we had, you will also recall my expressed disappointment with the set-in-concrete Program Schedule designed in your office with minimal, if any, input from assembly members. This is autocracy, control and enforcement of an educative process designed to waste the precious , and - might I add, as a taxpayer - the expensive time of the Assembly in plenary session. This educative process - while a product of the misapplied random selection process - will require some coaching in a few cases. It is an insult to the intelligence of the wider public. This Assembly is a sample of the voting Public. They are long-suffering - as are all Canadians - but not fools. Why not start out by asking for their common sense and probably very insightful ideas for the Future of Elections and start from there. Abandon this educative, locked-in agenda. You may dumb down a few, but to insist on this entirely academically-driven agenda is to reveal yourself as a paid political functionary, right along with Mr. Gibson - with his fat paycheck and the not-so smart purpose to make this style of assembly fail - so that the franchised, professional power-grabbers can continue to gather at the trough and sustain their mindless political parties.
What you did Sunday, is in my view, hardly forgivable. It was to further try to block the path to the possibility of Consensus for electoral reform. Without so much as a bye-your-leave of the Assembly you raise the question whether Oral Presentations should ever be heard by The Assembly in plenary session. What utter nonsense. What else is the purpose? To give Dr. Carty the opportunity to prove before a large audience that he really can talk the hind leg off a donkey?
I have raised public protests from the very start of this process, particularly about the way, by means of the public misuse of Orders in Council, Mr. Gordon Gibson - who is every extra inch a Liberal - having been the leader of the party at one point in the past - is given the job at $1200-a-day to quite literally bend out of shape a particular system for Electoral Reform, namely, the BC NOTA electoral option – an idea which I shared freely with the Chief Electoral Officer. Mr. Gibson did this make-over to suit the purposes of this current Liberal Cabinet - specifically to head off those of us who are able, because of years of experience and observation, to conceptualise practical, intelligent electoral reform. For those of you who who are unfamiliar with the Elections Act - it is already the well- paid job of the Chief Elections officer to make recommendations with help of an all-party committee for Changes in Electoral Processes. As a social activist I have been pushing hard to get these civil servants to do their jobs.
All of the above is respectfully offered for your serious consideration.
Yours in the love of knowledge and Truth
Rev. Bro. John Allen West, C.o.U.
To ignorants obdurde, quhair wilfull errour lyis
Nor sit to curious folks quhilks carping does deject thee
Nor sit to learned men, quha thinks thame onlie wyls,
But to the docile bairns of knowledge I direct thee.” - King James 1, King of Scotland