I don’t have Veteran’s plates on my truck or my car. I don’t wear anything that identifies me as a veteran. I am often asked why. Am I not proud of my service? 27 years in the Army, isn’t that something to brag about?
No. Not because I am not proud or that my service was any more or less than any other vet. I have my share of aches, pains and memories, some that make me smile and some that wake me at night. I don’t indulge in any of the visual signs because what? Because I know who I am and for me, that’s what’s important. I suppose that statement might not sit well with some and they are indeed entitled to their opinion but this is a personal choice.
At some points in our lives we must all make a choice of some form or another. Some are as simple as what drink to have or clothes to wear. Some are complicated and some are life altering. It’s choices like these that have the deepest consequences.
I’ve spoken about the confusing array of groups and figures all purporting to be in favour of Western independence. Some have indulged in fights amongst themselves over names, territory, authority, money, who speaks for what and who. And surrounding this are, if Facebook groups are to be believed, tens of thousands of people who simply want to know what is going on and want to see tangible progress. You know, things they can point to in real life and say, “Look at that! It’s really happening!”
So far, they can only point to media talking heads that pay lip service to “western discontent” and the extraordinarily rare politician who includes independence as a threat in his platform. Although commendable that any politicians might speak of it with a semblance of sincerity, it shows very little to the common man wanting to be free.
It’s time to be serious and start. This is not a proposal; it is a call to action. I ask for tangible commitment not words.
I am not asking to lead anything, I am asking to facilitate and where necessary, arbitrate. We must provide a tangible, united front for all to see and we need to do it soon. Here is what I would like to see…
A weekend meeting in Medicine Hat, Alberta at a hotel with conference facilities. Participants would arrive the Friday and leave Sunday evening or Monday morning. Why Medicine Hat? Because it is well located between eastern BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. But more importantly because nearly all of the participants will be inconvenienced to attend. Nothing builds a team spirit like a little adversity.
What are the aims? Very simply, to emerge as a united front with common purpose, mutual support and an organizational framework. This will require some discussion, cussing, suggestions and voting. All of which is well within our capabilities. Near the end, the media will be allowed to cover our efforts and with any luck at all, they will give us the positive exposure we need to be taken seriously.
When? Mid April is a good time. Off season rates, reasonable weather, and the days are longer than 10 minutes.
I will need a few volunteers to help, especially if they live in Medicine Hat.
Cost? Ah therein lies the rub. Participants will be required to pay for their own expenses such as travel, meals, hotel, and incidentals. And all participants will be required to provide a set amount per person to pay for conference facilities and any expenses that may arise from it. I don’t expect this to be a huge amount. Consider it as admission to a show where you are a cast member (hopefully not a drama).
So, are you for real? Do you have what it takes to be a founding father? Can we do it?
I am asking for names and agenda items. Those that will attend and if you can volunteer let me know when you email. The list will be kept confidential as we must keep in mind that we are being watched. The email address is:
Submissions will be accepted until the end of January. At that point we’ll see what comes next.