Tuesday, December 06, 2005

So, Mr. Harper, what about three for three?

In my last post, I mused about Stephen Harper reading my blog. Then I read this article:

Harper mulls income splitting among tax cuts as campaign enters Week 2

Well, in this post I had noted that when my family went from two incomes to one income, from no dependents to two dependents, the drop in our tax bill was less than $1000, even though our income had almost been cut in half.

I guess Stephen Harper really does read my blog. (Yes, I am kidding.)

I'm delighted with what I'm hearing from the Conservative Party. It has always bothered me that from an income tax vantage point, each wage earner is treated as a separate entity, instead of the family unit being seen as a single economic unit. This is quite unfair and unrealistic.

Looks like I'm voting Conservative this year. For the first time.

However, if you're still listening Mr. Harper, there is one evil in Canada which is far greater than redefining marriage, far greater than judicial activism, far greater than unfair tax laws.

Let's stop murdering babies. Let's work towards a complete ban on abortion. I know it will take time, but:

Once to every man and nation, comes the moment to decide,
In the strife of truth with falsehood, for the good or evil side;
Some great cause, some great decision, offering each the bloom or blight,
And the choice goes by forever, ’twixt that darkness and that light.

Then to side with truth is noble, when we share her wretched crust,
Ere her cause bring fame and profit, and ’tis prosperous to be just;
Then it is the brave man chooses while the coward stands aside,
Till the multitude make virtue of the faith they had denied.

By the light of burning martyrs, Christ, Thy bleeding feet we track,
Toiling up new Calv’ries ever with the cross that turns not back;
New occasions teach new duties, time makes ancient good uncouth,
They must upward still and onward, who would keep abreast of truth.

Though the cause of evil prosper, yet the truth alone is strong;
Though her portion be the scaffold, and upon the throne be wrong;
Yet that scaffold sways the future, and behind the dim unknown,
Standeth God within the shadow, keeping watch above His own.

As James Lowell wrote to protest America's war with Mexico, so let the Conservative Party claim all of the Right and begin to end this wicked practice.

(Thanks to the CyberHymnal for the words to this song.)


JLF said...

Think Paul Martin will comment on that? :-)

Amen. I'm kinda surprised that you've never voted conservative before... ah well. Hopefully the rest of Canada will win out over Ontario for once.

I wonder how much of this "musing" over these issues will actually result in action if he gets elected... probably not much, since it would most likely be a minority government anyway. Ah well... minority conservative is better than a bunch of other options.

Shane said...

Yeah I was going to ask... who did you vote for before? The Christian Heritage Party?

tomgee said...

Who did I vote for before? The last couple of elections, I voted for the Christian Heritage Party.

But after a discussion in a theology class about politics, I was challenged to think about the effects of splitting the conservative vote. So I do think I'm going Conservative this year.

A funny story (which is even somewhat germane):

Back when the world was young, ~1992, there was a federal party called the Natural Law Party. They were pushing for the adoption of Hindu mysticism, Vedic "science", and transcendental meditation.

They most famous part of their platform involved the use of "yogic flyers", people who when meditating were reputed to be able to float. These spiritual dynamos would bring all sorts of wonderful changes to Canada, including the ability to disband the armed forces since they could defend Canada with yogic powers.

The funny part was when I attended, along with a friend, a local candidates meeting. There were about 11 parties represented, all wanting to become the MP for the Malton area, where I lived.

Many of the questions put to the candidates involved local issues. Malton is very close to the airport, so the possibilities of airport expansion where a significant concern for the people at the meeting.

Each candidate was asked where they stood with regard to airport expansion. As they went around the table, the Natural Law fellow stood up and with an absolutely straight face said, "Well, I'm used to looking at aviation from a different vantage point."

I was on the floor in stitches. Much to the embarassment of my friend.

Michael said...

I find it ironic that Paul Martin is pro-choice on abortion, but anti-choice when it comes to letting parents make decisions about raising their children.