where are we going and why am I in this handbasket?

Did anyone catch Harper’s and Dion’s addresses tonight?  I felt it a weak move and not just because it was Harper’s idea.  Honestly, he needs more grass-roots support and is using the wrong medium to reach his intended audience.  Harper made an ass of himself in insisting that this coalition involves a deal with the devil in the form of a ‘separatist party’. First, no such deal exists.  Please remember the Bloc’s signing on at Harper’s request back in oh four when they were questioning Martin’s effectiveness.  Secondly, I don’t see how his choice in wording – …ahem…’separatist’ comes immediately to mind – can be seen as anything other than vitriolic and two-faced at this point.  When you’re up against a community and political party of and backed by heritage/language proud citizens one had best not use the nicer word to its face then turn around and use the nastier word behind its back.  Hello, Mr. Harper, there are far more English speaking Francos than there are French speaking Anglos per capita.  Please also remember that Harper, at one point, pleaded with our then Governor General, Adrienne Clarkson, to side with the same ideas he and his supporters are now referring to as ‘undemocratic’ even ‘communist’.

Dion’s follow-up was less aenemic but kind of sad in that he felt the need to be reactionary in this.  He could have done a better job and made a stronger statement simply addressing questions from the hacks.  He’s so much better in an impromptu arena.  Plus the whole late tape fiasco was stunningly idiotic.  Someone had better get a stern talking to for that one.

This is a nation built on a socialist-capitalist hybrid platform and the truth of the matter is that we’ve been leaning a lot more heavily on the capitalist side than we have the socialist side for a great many years.  The foundation is starting to buckle.  My hunch, and I’m a pretty intuitive person so I think it’s a good one, is that we’re a people yearning to look after our own.  Harper’s government is not out to look after its people.  Harper has proven time and time again that his government is ready to buckle in the name of its own perverse idea of victory.  They’re already buckling.  They have been for a long time. Now they’re being called on it.

Though this is an exciting (terrifying?) time in Canadian political history, I don’t like what’s going on in parliament right now.  It’s not pretty.  It’s not the ideal…not mine or anyone else’s…even those of the parties most likely to benefit from it.  It makes me sick and anxious.  I want something dependable.  I want something which stands for me.  I do support the coalition but I want this to be fast and efficient.  A clean kill.  I want the coalition to act like Vulcans until it’s over.  I want something from which we can quickly move on from in order to address and act upon other, more, MUCH more pressing needs.  I think we’re all in the same boat and will just be happy when it’s over.

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One response to “where are we going and why am I in this handbasket?

  1. I am agreeing with most, if not all, of your post. I am fairly convinced, after the blatant lies and/or misinformation on Mr. Harper’s part, that he is not someone who can be in a stressful situation and in the public eye at the same time. That isn’t the best thing for Canada considering the great amount of strife that is looming in the not-so-distant distance.
    Yeah, I might be a bleeding-hearted-left-wing-homo-NDP-supporting idealist with no small amount of a Peter Pan complex, but at the same time I can take that much needed step back and look at the facts of the situation and come to a logical (or Vulcan-like if you prefer) conclusion. When I took that step back, I was faced with percentages.
    We had a record low voter turn out, and of that record low, the Conservatives won a minority. How does that give them any more right to rule than two of the other 5 parties who together have garnered the majority of Canadians support? (I refuse to not include the Green Party, because there are a goodly chunk of Canadians who support them.) Another question that begs to be asked (in my mind, anyway) is how is this any different than when the Alliance, PC, and Reform Party joined together? Not a whole hell of a lot in my opinion.
    I do not envy the Governor General who has to get that visit tomorrow morning, and either cock-block the coalition, or tell little Stevey that his playtime is over.
    The stunt that he pulled in his address to the nation, the whole Separatist/Sovereignist bit of doublespeak, was stupidity at it’s finest. As you said, there are a hell of a lot of Franco’s who speak fluent English, and to zero in on the BQ with attacks while totally ignoring the other valuable points that they stand for is really not the way I want my PM to act.
    The more I read about this, the more I am affirmed in my support for this coalition. It may not be exactly what the majority of Canadians wanted, but I think it’s the closest thing we are going to get for a while.

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