Sometimes, I wonder why people get into politics. There are some who are faithful public servants, wanting to better the society they live in. Other I suspect have more self-serving motives (and, unfortunately, the means to do it).

Recently, the National Post published an article, “National Post View: Real action needed against ISIL, not sloganeering“. The issue with ISIL is complex with many underlying factors. I can’t comprehend the entire scope of what’s happening in ISIL and, given how media tends to skew issues, there’s probably so much more happening beyond what the public is aware of. But the article does beg the question if/how our leaders are tackling this issue (amongst many others).

While our main federal leaders are out campaigning, I have a slim hope that there are people from all sides of the government, working together across political lines to actually resolve so many issues. (That’s my hope; my skepticism suggests otherwise.) I realize that leaders from different points on the political and ideological spectrum have different ways of addressing issues. However, at some point, shouldn’t we be working together, acknowledging that we all have something worthwhile to bring to the table? Shouldn’t there be some sense of “here’s where we at least agree” and progress from there? At least from my vantage point, all our main political leaders (both in Canada and the US) seem bent on ensuring that their ideas are the ONLY right ideas (and that everyone else’s ideas are wrong). To acknowledge otherwise is to be perceived as weak and ineffective.

Perhaps this is why there’s such cynicism towards are government leaders especially with our upcoming Canadian federal election (and the US presidential election next year). This constant in-fighting amongst our own leaders doesn’t bring hope. (Maybe some don’t really care about hope, just their own perceived success.)

I pray that our leaders, whether with this issue or several other significant ones, would strive to find the BEST answer, not just the one that makes them look good.

PS: This isn’t just about what our government needs to do. (The government doesn’t have all the answers.) We ALL have a role to play in addressing the expanding atrocities against so many people who are killed, raped and enslaved.