Notes Nation


Imagine if there was a place on earth where we could wipe the slate clean and start from scratch. A place where elected officials served the people, taxes paid for infrastructure, education, and healthcare.  A nation where all were welcome and equal; free to practice or believe anything they wanted in the privacy of home. A place free from corruption and political influence.

I’ll call this nation Notes.

It would be against the law for businesses or companies to contribute funds towards political campaigns. All individuals running for political office would be given equal amounts of commercial free public air time. Absolutely free of charge; a public service announcement with the stipulation they stuck to their mandate. Negative ad campaigns and smear tactics would be forbidden. There would be no lobby or special interest groups making back room deals or paying for influence.

Taxation would be fair and apply to everyone. No tax exempt or non profit status as we know it; instead these organizations would have an exemption to cover operating costs, after that taxes would be levied. Any major expenditure such as building a new church would require an application and permit to justify the privilege of tax free status.  NPO’s would be audited on a regular basis. Televangelists would be taken off the air; free to preach in places of worship, not to take credit card numbers when the phone lines opened.It would be classified a “hate crime” for any religious organization to speak out against activities or lifestyle outside their faith. Elected officials, teachers, or any person in a position of influence could not use “god” as the basis of their opinion. Citizens would be free to follow any faith they choose, but it would be a private matter, a non profit, behind closed doors matter.

Guns would be illegal, and there would be zero tolerance for sexual assault or crimes against children. School curriculum would not only include cursive writing, all students would be educated on the history and beliefs of world religions. Tolerance and critical thinking would trump bigotry and closed minds.

Before dismissing this ponder as a Miss America contestants “world peace” speech – stop and think a moment. Notes nation is a place where business has no influence over government, religion is taken out of politics, and schools replace a singular “god” with unbiased knowledge. Simple, sensible, and sadly just about as effective a thought as Miss America and world peace.

Wish List


I’m not one to make New Year resolutions. Experience shows the folly of setting ones self up to fail. Beating myself up over broken expectations grew old a long time ago. Instead, I pondered a “wish list” of  things I’d like to see in the New Year. I’ve left out the obvious Miss America style references to “world peace”. My opinion of the NRA, Monsanto, Halliburton, and political circus are well documented. A simple wish list, offering some practical suggestions; in no particular order –

All children would be taught cursive writing in school. It’s not enough to be able to read, you have to be able to sign your name.

School curriculum would require that all children, at some point between the 5th and 8th grades; be taught, in an unbiased manner – the origins, beliefs, and practices of major world religions.

Reddit would view links to blogs as something other than spam.

Weather reports would include space weather.

Canadians would learn to spell the name of our Prime Minister. It’s STEPHEN not Steven Harper.

Legislation would pass banning shoes for dogs; on grounds of cruelty to animals.

Any organization or religion operating as a “non profit” and enjoying “tax exempt” status, would be forbidden to contribute to political campaigns. These organizations would also have to re-apply for tax exemption every few years.

Elected officials couldn’t refer to God in defence of their position on issues.

Consumers were informed of the actual difference between “free run” and “free range” eggs.

Vegans stopped wearing leather shoes.

Happy New Year.