Sunday, March 25, 2012
Thomas Mulcair and the Road to Victory
It was the result I was hoping for, the only real choice the NDP could have made.
For Thomas Mulcair is the only leader that can win back support in Quebec from the Bloc, without which everything else would be in vain. He is the only one who can make the NDP more popular in the rest of Canada, and take it all the way to power. And above all he is the leader Stephen Harper fears the most.
Which is why, like many others, I was disappointed by his victory speech. For it was not the Mulcair I know. Mulcair the fighter who takes no prisoners, and will give the Con thug Harper no quarter.
"Let's just say I've never been shy about going into the corners and I usually come out with the puck,'' Mulcair told The Canadian Press.
His relish of a scrap became the stuff of lore and fodder for his foes. It was once said of Mulcair that he could be the lone soul in an empty speakeasy and still start a bar fight.
The man they called The Grizzly in Quebec City, for his habit of eviscerating PQ members of the National Assembly, and using their guts to floss his teeth.
Which is why if I had written his speech, it would have sounded like this:
For five years these alien RepubliCon gangsters have raped our country, mocked our democracy, lied, cheated, and bullied one progressive leader after the other. They tried to steal an election, they are turning our country into a prison state, and trying to change it beyond recognition.
But they will not bully me. And by uniting progressives under the banner of the NDP I will lead them on the road to victory, which is the only way to destroy the Cons, and make sure this nightmare never happens again.
He didn't say that last night, but don't worry he will. In his own way. For don't underestimate the razor like intellect of the man, or his strategic brilliance, or the fire that burns within him.
I know some of my NDP friends are worried he will change their party beyond recognition. But I'm not worried a bit. Because as this blogger points out, there is no break with tradition.
And the NDP is a party that is more than just its leader. No matter what the kumbaya lefties say, who would have us wallow in defeat, while piously parsing ideology like priests, and feeling good about themselves. As if it was all about them, and not the future of our precious country which is going up in flames.
I also know that some of my Liberal friends are disappointed because he did not offer them an olive branch. But why would he? When the Liberals have disappointed the NDP over and over again. And he knows that if he squeezes them from the left, and the Cons squeeze them from the right, there soon won't be much left of the Liberal Party. So what's the point?
Especially since it should be clear that unless the two parties merge, which would be like trying to herd cats, and unless the Liberals and the Bloc can be decimated, vote splitting will ensure that the Cons stay in power FOREVER.
I mean why do you think so many Liberals were for anyone but Mulcair? Let's get real eh?
Yup. Mulcair is a very different leader, and he is no Jack Layton, the Happy Warrior I will always miss so much. But Jack didn't live to see what the Cons are doing to our country. These are no happy times. The kumbaya is over. Mulcair is the leader who can best harvest the boiling anger out there. His first steps have been good ones.
I completely agree with Pat Martin.
“We’ve moved from nearly a religion to a debating club to an official political party,” Mr. Martin told reporters as he entered the caucus meeting. “It’s refreshing for me. We’re in it to win it.”
And I definitely prefer battle gear to comfy sweaters.
Oh sure, Mulcair isn't perfect. He definitely needs a new speech writer, and a media advisor. Tom, if you're reading this, call me eh?
But if he is successful, he WILL bring down the hellish temple on the heads of the Harperites, and throw them into the garbage can of history where they so justly belong.
The road to victory beckons, the future never looked brighter, and as a fighter myself I couldn't be happier.
Go Tom go.
Fight them, fight them, fight them.
Destroy those bastard Cons...