In the growing darkness of Harperland, it’s hard to know what’s the truth, what is illusion, and what’s just another Big Lie.
But sometimes the truth is so blinding, like a fire in the sky, that it’s impossible to ignore it. Or to live, like so many Canadians, in a state of denial.
For if you’re a progressive, and you are serious about bringing down the Con regime, this result should serve as a warning.
Because the writing was already on the wall . . .
And setting aside all the other factors that contributed to the by-election results, this is the truth that burns.
If this set of by-elections presage anything, it is that if progressives of all stripes don’t find practical and effective strategies for surmounting vote fragmentation, there is every possibility that the Harper Conservatives could ride up the middle in 2015 and win yet another majority government, despite the majority of Canadians opposing their policies. Political contests are important, but only if they carry with them the tangible possibility of the expression of the political philosophies that are in contention. Otherwise they amount to little more than academic political exercises.
It’s not an easy truth for some to accept. The hyper partisans for whom politics is like a game.
The old people who dream of the past, and just want things to be like they were back then.
Even though that Canada is long gone, and what’s left is being destroyed by the Cons.
The young people, who think if you put on a parka and go down to the beach in late November, in Canada.
You can pretend it’s summer…
Even as the planet burns.
But the truth will catch up to us all, for it is a simple one. United we will win, divided we will lose.
Are we really prepared to defeat ourselves instead of the common enemy? When they are so few, we are so many, and they are so evil.
The New Democrats’ efforts to help Canada send desperately needed medication overseas to people suffering with HIV/AIDS was defeated in the House of Commons Wednesday – an action some are calling a “travesty” and a “betrayal.”
I don’t think so eh?
The sooner we learn to work together, young and old, red, orange, and green.
The sooner we will destroy the Cons.
And end this living nightmare . . .