So it seems Canada is joining the world and becoming a culture of riots and rioters.
This is nothing new to the rest of the world, but why us and why now?
One reason is probably that we are a younger country and we are due.
Go back in time, people rioted when Julius Caesar was killed, they rioted in Boston in the harbor.
The big discussion nowadays is how to handle a riot. What can the police do? It must be frustrating to be a police person etc. etc. etc.
I think a better discussion might be ” What causes riots and what can we learn from history to help us prevent future violent out breaks?
It seems after a quick review of the history of rioting, a common denominator could be politics.
Specifically politicians not listening and taxing without representation.
That was the cause of riots like the Boston Tea Party through to rioting in Canada today.
Anything else? Yes Through high taxes the theme that middle class and lower class are being phased out leaving them nowhere to go and nothing to belong to, except maybe a riot or two !
Ask yourself this: What does a person or class of people think when a government decides to invest their money in flowers for a road meridian or bike lanes?
This might be a partial explanation for the hockey riots and is certainly an explanation for why over half of eligible voters don’t vote.
Has there ever been a riot or revolt without all this violence in any country including Canada?
I think yes and it would be our recent revolt against the HST. In fact there is no telling how that particular issue could have gotten out of hand if it wasn’t so well-organized.
Have our politicians got the message?
No they haven’t. An example of this would be in British Columbia right now and the big hurry to rush a whole lot of bills through the house without debate. ( Just wait for liquor prices to rise after the fast pedaling of the liquor distribution bill)
But it’s not just governments that don’t get it.
The recent labor mayhem with the teachers is a good example too! If extra curricular activities are taken away from students and from adults who enjoy putting them on. it will be one less place for those people to belong.
This is the fault of both, government and the union because neither are listening.
So am I condoning violent riots to strike out at the government?
Heavens no, the people who incite the violence need to be dealt with quickly and harshly.
What I am saying , the politicians who don’t listen also need to be dealt with quickly and severely in the same fashion as the HST.
They need to be voted out of office and replaced with a government who listens to all of their constituents.
British Columbians are lucky. They will get the chance to rise up and revolt and send the current BC Liberal Government packing in 2013.
In 2013 vote carefully, vote for the party that will represent your concerns ( links to parties websites can be found at the bottom of the highlighted blog post)
What do you think?
Is there a lesson in history?