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“I am a Canadian, free to speak without fear, free to worship in my own way, free to stand for what I think right, free to oppose what I believe wrong, or free to choose those who shall govern my country. This heritage of freedom I pledge to uphold for myself and all mankind.” ~~ John G. Diefenbaker

Those seeking the leadership of the federal Conservative Party need heed them as well

Sometime back I saw two words linked together; they were, "Social Responsibility".  
One person commenting on this concept basically said that they don't belong in the small 'c' conservative world -- another said they mean nothing.  As a small 'c' conservative, I have to respectfully disagree.  Referencing the two words, they can, and should, mean the following:

SOCIAL ... relating to the way in which people in groups behave and interact ... relating to
human welfare (well-being / safety) and the organized welfare services that a community provides

RESPONSIBILITY ... the state, fact, or position of being accountable to somebody or for something ... somebody or something for which a person or organization is responsible

The words 'Social Responsibility' should NOT, in my opinion, be something negative which is attached only to the left side of the political spectrum.  Being socially  responsible is something we as individuals, and society, should be showing every day -- no matter what our political leanings may be.

That said, it should not blindly be given, as a one way street.  'Social Responsibility', or caring for one and other, is actually a two way street. 

We as a society are responsible to look after the well-being of those who need it, or are unable to provide it for themselves ... while those receiving it have a responsibility not to abuse it, and to pass it on when and if they are able.

As a society -- across the whole realm of the political spectrum -- we as individuals, and a society, are responsible to give a hand-up, but not a hand-out.

While speaking purely from a business aspect, Simon Mainwaring (award-winning branding consultant, advertising creative director, and social media specialist and blogger, stated that:

"Transforming a brand into a socially responsible leader doesn't happen overnight by simply writing new marketing and advertising strategies. It takes effort to identify a vision that your customers will find credible and aligned with their values"

I use this quote only from so much as the viewpoint that all political parties should keep this in mind.  And those seeking the leadership of the federal Conservative Party need heed them as well.

Does 'social responsibility' belong in the beliefs, principles, and policies of small 'c' conservatives?  You bet it does ... but that's just my opinion.

In Kamloops, I'm Alan Forseth.


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