Friday, May 28, 2010
The Ugly Cons and the Coalition Dream
The heat finally got to me today. I felt dizzy and even lazier than usual. But as I lay in my hammock under the old chestnut tree, things never seemed clearer.
Stephen Harper is a nasty monster. Dimitri Soudas is a coward.
Tony Clement is a cheap shill.
Bev Oda is odious. John Baird is a screamer. Vic Toews is a fascist sherriff who can't count.
And in case you haven't heard about it eh? Jason Kenney is a bigot and a LIAR.
So now I'm lying there in my hammock thinking OK, we KNOW that they are the most disgusting, dangerous, and incompetent government this country has ever seen. We KNOW that they are raping our Canadian values. We KNOW that they are making a mockery out of our Parliament. We KNOW that they lie about everything. We KNOW that they want to change our beautiful Canada beyond recognition.
So now all I need to know is what are we going to do about it? Because we're going nowhere.
Even though the solution has never seemed more OBVIOUS.
Michael Ignatieff and Jack Layton may want to get their minds around the controversial issue of a coalition or merger, given new national opinion poll numbers showing Stephen Harper’s Conservatives firmly locked in minority government territory
Considering today’s poll, Mr. Graves notes the two parties “enjoy 42 per cent of voter support which certainly elevates them from also-rans to clear contenders for power, perhaps even a majority.”
I've always been a coalition supporter. I've tried to be as non-partisan as possible, so nobody could ever accuse me of making it harder for the progressive parties to join forces and end the darkness of the Harper regime.
So these kind of words are music to my ears.
I’m not even necessarily calling for a merger or formal coalition, but the mentality in both camps MUST change. This is a fundamental prerequisite for any real change in this country.
The days of Liberals laughably calling the NDP ‘irrelevant’ when it wins nearly 3 million votes each election and holds seats, including relatively secure bastions where strong MPs are firmly ensconced, in every single region of the country, in Montréal and Alberta and across Ontario is an offensive joke. Similarly, the days of New Democrats farcically portraying the Liberals as reactionary criminals who’ve accomplished nothing for Canada – suggesting that they’re no different from the Tories must end.
I know it won't be easy to change old attitudes. I know I'm a dreamer eh? I admit it. But I simply refuse to accept that such a young country is so old and tired, it can't change with the times.
I know we can do it brothers and sisters, because we have come together before. And when I saw Liberals, NDPers, Greens, old people and young people coming together to defend our precious Canadian values it sent my spirit soaring.
I could feel the power of change, the strength of a nation awakening. And it was so AWESOME.
Yup. Right now I'm too lazy to get out of my hammock eh? But now a full moon is shining through the chestnut leaves.
And this I do know.
Side by side. Back to back.
We will crush these Cons TOGETHER...