Update on my open letter to Poland

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Diana Skye writes:

Note: this post is an update on my open letter to Poland. If you haven’t read that, I would encourage you to do so. You can find that here:

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https://toronto-businessphere.com/2017/03/04/poland-i-love-you-but-hate-your-government-an-open-letter-to-my-parents-home-country/

About six months ago, I published an open letter to Poland. It was about how I still love the country but am frustrated with their current government. They have been trying to implement backwards policy changes like a total ban on abortions. They are also supported by extremist Catholic radio station Radio Maryja. The event that inspired me to write the open letter was a ridiculous policy change that personally affected me. I have a Polish citizenship but my Polish passport expired over seven years ago. Therefore, I couldn’t travel there unless I wanted to risk getting stuck in the country for weeks. My only other options were a new passport or canceling my citizenship.

In this update, I have bad news and good news. The bad news is that things have not gotten any better in Poland. The government continues to make crappy decisions in spite of many protests. I keep hoping for some dramatic event that will cause a government change or at least put the country back on the right track. It’s highly unlikely, but a girl can dream. I know that major progress doesn’t happen overnight. I don’t expect marriage equality or widely available abortions anytime soon. However, I would like Poland to be moving into this century instead of back to the mid-1900’s. They were doing well just a few years ago before the current government came to power.

The good news is that my dilemma has been solved. In my open letter, I mentioned the only reason I was keeping my citizenship was to prevent inheritance issues. Since then, my dad has done some research. It turns out that Poland charges the same amount of inheritance tax regardless of citizenship or residency. Since that is not an issue for me, I am now completely fine with canceling my citizenship.

I am very relieved by this turn of events, even though it’s not without drawbacks. I still have to save money and go to the consulate, but I will be able to do it by the end of the year. The process can take up to two years and I still can’t go to Poland within that time. Silly government doesn’t care if you are in the process of cancellation. You are still a citizen until it’s official. Still I am happy that I have figured a way to get out of this weird limbo.

I will always wish nothing but great things for Poland. In the mean time, I will be glad to get my personal troubles resolved. I do want to visit my family in Poland in the future. Therefore I am very happy to have found a solution that does not involve hoping for the best, traveling to another Schengen country, or asking the Canadian embassy to rescue me. Thank you so much for taking the time to read this update.

Liberal Political Rant: Climate Change gets ignored again!

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It did not take much guess work at all to calculate that when Republicans got the United States majority they also brought the USA to hell with that. Say goodbye to progressive social programs, positive environmental initiatives as well as positive programs to help the massive United States student debt. 

Say hello to phrases like “Global Warming is a myth.” As the country proceeds government administration being run by the dumbest leader in the recent two decades. 

On June 2nd 2017 Donald Trump decided not to sign the G7. One of many moves that have the public turned against this not so great leader. 

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This photo from the Guardian Newspaper website says it all. Trump is a Climate disaster! His actions at the G7 were an embarrassment and he is choosing to not unify the United States with the rest of the progressive world in an environmental time where you don’t have to look that hard to see drastic changes happening. Changes like, record heats, rising shorelines, and animal extinctions. 

One thing that isn’t touched on enough is non-voters, are just as much to blame as voters in the United States for electing such a moron to speak for their country. Back during 2016, I couldn’t believe when I read the statistics for Trump on his way to closing a victory in the United States election. This wasn’t a surprise. The voter pool narrowed because voters wouldn’t get behind Clinton’s campaign or personality, Bernie Sanders was inspirational but couldn’t contend with power & no one really matched his status going into this election. 

 

As it relates to Canada 

So when a Conservative/Republican wins you basically have to say goodbye to rational thought and sanity in how your country is run. Get ready to see the country operate under lacking budgets, with overly western religious values & a poor plan to tackle anything environmental. 

Now honestly, as it pertains to the next Canadian election do we really want that type of leadership opposed to Kathleen Wynne? No, we don’t because our minimum wage is going up, environmental companies are growing as they should and we are protecting Canada’s natural resources to the best of our economic ability. So nevermind what has happened, if you don’t want Canada ran like the United States of America with “Donald Dumbass!” . Make sure Kathleen says Premiere, and avoid Patrick Browne like the plague! 

Consequence if Patrick Browne wins? We get a dumbass who will actually share a common value system as Donald Trump. Someone who will knock climate change, be stingey with the budget and screw up health care! 

Press citations 

Ballingall, Alex. “Trudeau disputes German magazine report that he feared ‘provoking’ Trump on climate change.” The Star. N.p., 12 June 2017. Web. 12 June 2017. All I grabbed from this article was the photo.

Yuil, Helen. “The Paris climate agreement, Nicaragua and Donald Trump.” The Guardian. N.p., 8 June 2017. Web. 12 June 2017. This article discusses the actions of Trump at the G7, From this article I used information and the picture that titled the website.

 

 

How to judge a conservative government?

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It feels like a cliche to say but if you judge a Conservative government with Liberal eyes. You are going to go blind every time. So what are five proper categories to examine the effectiveness of a right wing leader? During this article do leave a Liberal critique because we are talking about the right side, not the left wing values exclusively, for once. 

So in order to determine how to judge the right side I will say how we judge the left side. 

  • Social environment progression. Immigration being modernized, LGBT+ movements. Small Business focus. 
  • Progressing Green energy programs
  • Government programs for subsidizing the economy. Such as Health care, fixing roads and providing essential services. 
  • Furthering international alliances 
  • Managing an expensive healthcare and educational system.

This is all wonderful and why, I personally am a left wing. However I do value the right side as well. Why is that? 

Here is how you judge someone from a right wing party. 

  • The ability to balance government books. 
  • Cutting back government involvement in infrastructure therefore relying with cities they need to rely on institutions and individuals. (LOWER TAXES) YAY! 😀 
  • Protecting your country’s interests in international trade.
  • Ability to utilize military in Global acquisition of resources & deal with hostilities. 
  • The ability to attract exterior stimulation to the internal national market rather than focussing on developing global trade. 

Now I realize for some this messaging is going to fall on deaf ears and that is fine. For me personally as an observer of American culture in 2017. I know I will be judging Trump for what he can do as a head of the conservative side of the Political spectrum. Not judging him with Liberal Goggles. (he is not a Liberal.) “Period” different moral code people! 


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