Tuesday, May 03, 2011
The Con Majority: The Day After
Well I have to admit that the weather matched my mood perfectly eh? It was as if Canada itself was weeping.
And of course I felt like Heather Mallick.
The triumph of Harper's Conservatives is a revolution in Canada. Grumpy old men are happy but modernists, women, young people, immigrants, people fond of evidence-based policy will be much less so. It's the beginning of a kind of war, conducted in a dull, quietly agonising way.
And these people...
But strangely enough I'm not discouraged. Because a lot of exciting things happened last night. The orange wave was awesome. I look forward to seeing all those young people the NDP has brought to Ottawa in action, because this country is dying of oldness and BOREDOM.
And most of alI I'm excited because I'm absolutely convinced that out of this majority will come the historic opportunity to rid our country of the Cons FOREVER.
And of course because when a hard rain falls, I fight even harder. Just like I did against the bullies at school. One moment they looked unbeatable. The next moment they weren't.
What does disappoint me is the way some Liberals are blaming the NDP for what happened to them. And their extraordinarily harsh language.
Because let's be absolutely clear, the only vermin in this country are the Cons. And the Liberals have only themselves to blame for their sad situation. A lot of their supporters voted for the Cons. And so many of them still don't understand that in an increasingly polarized country the centre will not hold.
So we are back to old-style, left-right politics. Our debates are going to be a lot more impassioned, and angrier, than they've been in years. It'll be less nice, even less Canadian. But it will be more real.
Nor do they understand that when they started losing Quebec, about TWENTY years ago, they were doomed. And that they will never get those votes back because they can't be as left or social democratic as that province demands, without alienating their right-wing supporters.
So while I'm sorry about what happened to the Liberals, and the loss of good MPs like Mark Holland and Marlene Jennings, I'm also happy because it will finally force the Liberals to come to terms with their real existential problem. And force them to make a choice: join with the NDP to form a new Liberal Democrat party, or face slow extinction.
They may not want to even think about it now, but as the long years in shrunken opposition grind on they will. Which is a good thing for ALL of us.
And the even BETTER thing is that now that Stephen Harper doesn't have to pretend to be a Liberal, he will reveal his true self, and after years of mugging and raping this country Canadians will be begging for something new and different by the time his term is up.
And there waiting for them will be a new and powerful progressive party waiting to grind the Cons into the dust. And chase them from power FOREVER.
Oh sure, I know birth can be a painful process, but when you see the look on the face of the mother holding her baby, you know it was worth it. And so it shall be for us.
In the meantime I look forward to taking our struggle into the streets of this country and exploring new ways to fight the Cons.
Because with only 39 percent of the vote they are NOT my government, Stephen Harper will NEVER be my Prime Minister.
And this evening when I saw his plane arrive in Ottawa, and I heard the redneck hee haws from the Cons waiting to greet him, I realized how much I hate them.
And how easy and how much fun it will be to keep on fighting them...
Please welcome our new Con overlords.
Then start working to defeat them.
And remember, even when a hard rain falls.
Life goes on...
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