Friday, April 05, 2013
The Harperland Spring and the Partisan Nightmare
When I woke up today, the sky was blue, the sun was shining, and for a moment I thought that Spring had arrived in Harperland. Finally !!!!!
But then I stepped outside, realized that it was still horribly cold eh? And my day went rapidly down hill.
Before I could even finish my first coffee, it was Sean, my very good and very NDP friend, on the phone and very angry: "Since when did YOU become a LIBERAL?" #@!!!
Just because I wrote a post last night about how I didn't think the Con Attack Machine would damage Justin Trudeau. And even though I also defended Tom Mulcair when the Cons attacked him.
So that ended badly eh? But he wasn't the only one, and when I read the comments there was also stuff like this:
I like your blog Simon, but if you insist on defending Justin I must remind you of the old adage, if you lie down with dogs, you wake up with fleas.
And I have to admit it saddened me, because I thought people knew that although I'm closer to the NDP than to the other progressive parties, I have always tried to be as non-partisan as possible. And encourage them all.
So that the day the NDP and the Liberals merge, which they almost certainly will, I can help bring the warring parties together, in the best peacemaking tradition, and they would all know that my motives were noble.
And that all I was ever interested in was defeating this ghastly tyrant...
Who is KILLING my beautiful country.
The one who even now is planning to risk its very future, by tarring the NDP and the Liberals with the SAME brush.
First fanning the embers of sovereignty in Quebec.
The Harper government just doesn’t get Quebec — never has and never will. The Conservatives are tone deaf in this province. Either they have no idea what resonates with Quebecers or they just don’t care if their policies wind up offending people here.
The storm is gathering in Quebec and there will be no shelter for the Conservatives.
And stirring up the separatists.
Then pitting English Canada against Quebec, like he did during the prorogation crisis. While claiming that the NDP is riddled with separatists, and that Justin Trudeau can't be trusted because he once said he might join them.
So in that sense both parties will end up in the same boat, whether they like it or not. Or splitting the vote and going down together. Along with the country.
But don't mention that, or the words "coalition" or "merger" or they'll BOTH come after you. Welcome to my partisan nightmare.
Oh well. That'll teach me to write about party politics. I won't be doing that again for a while. Life's too short, and there are too many partisans.
Maybe I'll write about other things. Or maybe I'll reinvent myself.
Like this mural I came upon seems to be suggesting...
Head off in a different direction. Or take a creative risk like the one progressives will one day have to take, if this country is going to survive.
Because I'll never stop dreaming about that eh?
And in that regard I'm happy to report that this horrible day ended well. When Seb in an attempt to cheer me up read me something from of all things his horoscope.
What Tinkerbell, of all people, told Peter Pan:
"You know that place between sleep and awake, the place where you can still remember dreaming? That's where I'll always love you. That's where I'll be waiting."
And it worked. It seemed strangely fitting.
We will all meet one day in that dream place. And I will be waiting. Impatiently.
We will be united.
We will crush the Cons and drive them from power for a generation.
And in the meantime, if we're very, very lucky eh?
Spring WILL arrive in Canada...
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