Reflection on the 2011 Provincial Election

My letter to donors and supporters….

Although we were hoping for better results,  on reflection, the 396 votes which I received was not so surprising. Typically during elections where the economy plays a more central role, smaller parties like the FCP typically do not garner as many votes as in other campaigns where the economy is less of an election issue.  This election followed that pattern.

As I reflected on the results of this past campaign, I think I came to a realization that our approach as a socially conservative political movement has not been correctly focused.

It has always been my belief that if you do not ask the correct question, you will not get the correct answer.   I firmly believe this maxim is true during elections as well.  I am convinced that the thousands of socially conservative voters who do not vote for smaller parties like the FCP already believe in what we believe.  Two rather painful examples during my campaign only confirmed this realization that we are preaching to the converted (as far as policy goes).

Now this may sound strange since we would expect people who believe in the principles of faith, family, and freedom to vote for political parties which espouse these principles.   But obviously that is not the case.   So where is the rub?  If it’s not about policies, then why aren’t we attracting those voters?

That’s the real question.  And if we fail to appreciate that this is the real question, we’ll spin around for decades and get no where.

The answer to that question is found in the same problem that the West finds itself in, generally:  there is a lack of willingness to hold firm to absolute principles and a lack of resolve not to breach those principles under any circumstances.  Once we concede the most fundamental and essential principles of our own integrity, we invite society’s collapse, albeit incrementally and over time.  And indeed, during every election, the “decency boundary” is invariably pulled back to the point now where our children are being corrupted in our own schools.   Ask yourselves, in sober reflection, where do you think this is going to end up, unless voting patterns change against the establishment parties which keep pushing us off of the proverbial cliff?

As conservatives, every time we vote “strategically” for the establishment parties, we reinforce their conduct of not holding firm to absolutes, but tragically give them tacit permission to concede the moral spectrum, inch by inch, until we all arrive at a point where there are no more inches to concede and the open air, rather than solid ground, is what society is standing on.   (Believe me, if FCP candidates were to receive even a mere 20% of socially conservative voters alone during the last election, the political establishment would take notice and things would begin to change drastically.)

So, why is this important to know?  For the simple reason that preaching to the converted on issues which they already know to be sound and true should not be our only, or even principle, focus.  Our focus should be to convince “strategic voters” that their voting conduct is actually hastening the demise of our society because if we

a)      don’t recognize that there are non-negotiable issues


b)      don’t stand on them when the time comes and call upon politicians to take notice,

in due time we won’t be standing at all.  And it takes one voter at a time to concern themselves about their own fundamental beliefs about themselves and about how they believe society should be run instead of worrying what the herd is doing.  

Voting with the herd only means hastening the stampede off of the cliff. 

Social conservatives need to stop.  Look around. Get the big picture.  Lasso one or two of the herd.  And begin running away from the cliff.

And that, my dear voter and supporter, is what you can “strategically” do between now and the next election.

Yours very truly,

John Pacheco
FCP Candidate
Ottawa West Nepean


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