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30 April 2009

The Right Wing: Screwing Itself Into Irrelevance, Part Two

None Dare Call it "Coalition"

Oh is this ever going to be awkward

Anyone remember a time when a few other parties were talking about forming a union of parties to wrest the wheel of government from the singularly incapable pack of rethreaded loose screws currently steering our country into the $#17ter? And what did the Right Wing call it? Ah yes: "TREASON". That was the word they screamed shrilly from their blogtops.

What did the PM say about that effort? Ah yes:
"My friends, such an illegitimate government would be a catastrophe, for our democracy, our unity and our economy, especially at a time of global instability."
~Stephen Harper, back in the days when Coalition was a bad word.

There was talk of making common cause with "socialists" and "separatists". And now? Well I guess they're all about teh compromise, eh? A kinder, gentler sort of dictatorship. Presumably this was what they had in mind when Harper FIRST proposed such a joining.

Harper's switched positions more times than twin hookers on $5-a-shag night in a logging camp. It boils down to one thing: Stephen Harper stands for Stephen Harper, and what Stephen Harper stands for is whatever will keep Stephen Harper in power.

He sold whatever Conservative credentials he had (and he hadn't many--most of his claims of "Conservatism" were just an unrelenting love for the Reform Party's dumber positions) with the budget, in which the "Conservative" (whose friggin' thesis concluded that governments should never try to spend their way out of a recession) decided to blow the money he hadn't already tossed down the boghole in order to keep power, knowing that a majority of his opponents required at least a symbolic sop to the nationwide fear of the recession he helped spend us into.

So now conservatives hate him too. And since he didn't have a hope in hell of a majority, it's likely his bum'll be polishing a rocking chair ere long.

The NDP can't support him and maintain any credibility when they used to crap on the Liberals for voting cynically to support the government rather than trigger an election. The Bloc Quebecois runs the risk of the same if they support the guy they were willing to sign up with the Liberals to help defeat last fall.

So Mr. Harper, I direct your attention to the south, to the US, where the Republican party is crumbling like Dracula in the sunlight. Look to your future, sir. You certainly haven't been looking to the country's.

However, I'd like to put the Liberal Party and NDP on notice: We are, we must be, better than this. Better than the fear, better than the loathing of that which is different, better than the fear of change, better than fear of the future. Start showing some goddam vision, please. Quit trying to imitate the Conservatives just because they didn't suck enough to get voted out last time.

I want a party with vision, and perhaps when we come back after this messag I'll tell you what that means.

Meantime, here's an unrelated commercial. And why not? We all have to spend ourselves stupid to help this economy, right?

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At 9:49 p.m., Blogger Joshua said...

In the US, each party has an opinion of the filibuster that is completely connected to whether or nit it is in power. If it is the majority then the filibuster is an undemocratic loophole. If they aren't in power, it preserves the rights of the minorities. Stephen Harper manages to have pulled the same sort of stunt as a single individual rather than as a collective attitude. That's really a quite impressive feat.

At 8:44 a.m., Blogger Metro said...

Well I see it simply as being symptomatic of his governing style.

I'd have more respect for him had he ever demonstrated any comittment to any higher goal than gettin Stephen Harper re-elected by any means at all.

He's suborned a party that simply had bad ideas, and put it under bad management.

And he'd have more of a leg to stand on had he himself not proposed to do it to the Liberal government then in power, and if he were not trying by any other name to form a coalition now.

At 12:02 p.m., Blogger Philipa said...

A cucumber?? Eew! If that fits I wonder she didn't use a flask.

At 12:30 p.m., Blogger Metro said...

Really? What sorts of cucumber do you grow over there? Your garden doesn't back on to a nuclear power station, does it?

Conversely, what size is common to ...

Actually, forget I ever asked ... I don't really want to know the answer.

At 1:46 p.m., Blogger Philipa said...

Supermarket vegetables here are large and tasteless, Metro. Home grown are always much nicer. They taste better too. So I've heard.

People in the government here are declaring their public support for the PM. Always a bad sign.

At 9:58 a.m., Blogger Metro said...

Here it often depends on what you're buying and where it's from. For example, one can buy huge, red, juicy strawberries that don't taste of anything much, or the organics. Fruit is one area where I think the massive extra cost is very nearly justified by the exceptional quality.

Most of our produce is trucked in from factory farms in the US, as our growing season prohibits oranges, peppers, and many other sunshine-intensive crops.

Indeed, shipping veg 1500 or so miles used to be a staple of the Metrojob back about five years and more.

However, Mme and I attempt to be conscientious local consumers, even at the higher prices. Because the producers are our friends and neighbours.


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