History in the Making

It's been a HUGE week in politics.

Last night there was breaking news about the death of Osama Bin Laden. My mom just recently got an iPad, and I was showing her how awesome twitter is, and how to use it when I first learned of the news. Gotta love social media! I found it funny that the trending topic was #obamacaughtosama. Some people are just so clever.

The best tweet of the night:
"R.I.P Osama Bin Laden - World Hide And Go Seek Champion (2001 - 2011)"

There was a lot of talk about how long it took Obama to make his speech, with comments like "I hope Obama speaks before Osama rises from the dead." and "Maybe they need to find his death-certificate before the speech can be made."

Personally, I don't really agree with the way American politics are done. I'm referring to the fact that at the end of Obama's speech he makes references to God, and ends with the final line "God bless America." Politics should not have anything to do with religion. And although the President has made it clear many times that he refers to a non-denominational "god", it still doesn't seem right. What about those atheists out there?

And back to Canada, today was #elxn41 - also a trending topic on twitter!

When I asked my mom who she voted for and she replied that that was confidential, not only did I immediately know who she voted for (not my favourite choice). But I also began to explain my theory on communication. I don't think who you vote for should be confidential at all. If you're afraid to say who you're supporting then what is that saying about them... and even faith in them?

I believe a lot of the world's problems stem from miscommunication. If we don't communicate effectively with one-another, that's when bad things start to happen. We need to talk about politics. We need to listen to each other and we need share our thoughts and opinions with one another.

And this is the reason why I love social media so much- especially twitter! There was so much conversation today and this evening regarding the election that #cdnpoli became a trending topic. It's all about the power of knowledge.

Coincidentally enough, today in Socials 11 we were studying "Trudeau's Foreign Policy". Whether you're a fan, or not, nobody can argue that Trudeau was probably the most influential Prime Minister to date, and he has shaped Canada as it is today. We then got talking about Justin Trudeau; how he taught in Vancouver, and that he's now a politician in Quebec. My socials teacher told us that he's been predicting for a while now that within the next few years, Justin Trudeau will become the leader of the Liberals, and he might be able to help restore the Liberal Party.

Poor Iggy, didn't even win his own riding. After tonight, I think he might just be right! I LOVE school when it's relevant and I can relate it to the real world.

Although I'm not exactly happy with the election results, and the fact that Harper has full control really scares me. But I am really glad that I was old enough to understand what's going on this time around.

Many historic things happened tonight. My personal favourite was the Green Party winning a seat in Ottawa. When Elizabeth May was asked about what kind of a difference one seat can make, she replied "Just watch me."

Next was the rise of the NDP. As a friend of mine put it "Orange Crush! Orange Crush!". Who would have thought? The swap from baby blue to orange in Quebec was unreal.

The fall of the Liberals was shocking too. 34 seats compared to 77 in 2008. Can I hear a Justin?

And after winning an astonishingly low 4 seats compared to 49 in 2008, Gilles Duceppe has resigned, and the future of the separatist party, the Bloc Quebecois remains uncertain.

Does it make any sense that 60% of voters voted left wing, yet we end up with a right wing majority? Not to me.

Whoever said Canadian politics were boring... tonight you were proven wrong!


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