Sunday, August 30, 2015
What I Believe This Election Should Be About But So Far Isn't
It has to be the strangest election campaign I have ever known. In the condo jungle where I live it's hard to know one is even underway. There are no lawns, so there are no lawn signs.
I have received only one pamphlet, from the local Con candidate. Which I quickly turned into a paper plane, and floated out of my window.
In the fond hope that it might land on someone's head, and gently remind them that we are in a battle that will determine whether this country lives or dies.
For that is what bothers me the most about this election so far. That even though the stakes are so high, the campaign messages are so small.
Now that the Duffy trial has recessed, the debate seems to be all about the economy, and balanced budgets and deficits.
Which may be important, but by themselves could never motivate me. Because for me this election should be about much bigger things.
Starting with Stephen Harper's serial abuse of power.
Victor Juhasz/National Observer
Because without a healthy democracy all other things are irrelevant. And real change will never happen.
It should be about the future of our threatened medicare system.
Which Stephen Harper has been stealthily strangling from the moment he came to power. But is so far not an issue in this campaign.
It should be about pensions, the ones Harper doesn't believe in...
Because if more is not done to improve them, millions of Canadians will be condemned to end their lives in poverty and misery.
It shouldn't just be about the middle class. It should also be about the poor who are suffering the most.
The election should also be about the Con regime's foreign policy which has shamed us in the eyes of the world.
And of course it should be about climate change, which even though it's the biggest threat we face as humans, is being all but ignored. Even as the forests burn and the oceans rise.
But most of all, this election should be about the country we want to be. A country of Canadian not Con values.
It should be about a shining vision of something better. One that can raise us out of the gutter of partisan politics, or naked greed. And help inspire the idealistic young to join in the struggle.
So in that regard, I've got to say, I'm with Jane...
For let's be clear, without that stirring idealism, or the idea of belonging to a noble cause that is bigger than yourself, many of the young will not be moved. And neither will many others.
Which is exactly what Harper wants...
And the good news? Despite all our mistakes, despite the toxic partisanship, despite the smallness of the campaign so far, we seem to be winning.
The Duffy trial has hurt Harper...
Trapped him in his web of lies, and revealed the inner corruption of his monstrous regime.
His phony reputation as a Great Economist Leader is being slowly shredded...
His polls seem to be heading in the wrong direction.
And the winds of change are still blowing in our favour harder than ever.
But still we can do better.
Let's raise our sights. Let's make this campaign a battle to save our country.
And stop Harper.
Let's fight the real enemy instead of each other.
Let's change the future and make every vote count...
And let's make sure that this time, after such a long nightmare.
We raise our precious flag high.
Go forth bravely to defeat the monstrous Con regime.
And all vote for our Canada...
Our big beautiful country is in terrible danger.
And history will never forgive us, if we are too small to save it....
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