Grow up voters

A headline straight out of The Onion declares “Shootings show cynical disrespect for institutions” (MP James Lunney’s guest column).

A headline straight out of The Onion declares “Shootings show cynical disrespect for institutions” (MP James Lunney’s guest column in the The NEWS, Oct. 30).

Well, Lunney, you are right. Surely this is what many people have thought, in one form or another, as an invading soldier has emptied a weapon in their direction.

A faith-based lunatic shoots up the federal parliament, kills a man, and instead of sensibly emphasizing the basic rule of law, Lunney merely tips his oversized hat to it and rhapsodizes about — more faith. Lunney gets to play his own 9/11 card. And throws in lurid (and statistically rare) tabloid crime references as a pre-election teaser.

Seems to me the “breakdown of social norms and order that threatens democratic institutions around the world” is the result of machinations by democracy’s inept/hypocritical/corrupt political custodians rather than outside forces. New “security” laws are quickly being pushed through the door, since the Canadian criminal code somehow seems to be missing sections referring to conspiracy and murder.

The so-called Conservatives conserve nothing but the increased centralization of financial and political power. The voters in this country really need to grow up.

Wayne CameronParksville

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