I’m a partisan. I’ve been a New Democrat since I heard Dave Barrett speak about our province and his vision for it in 1972.
But for crying out loud, please shoot me if I ever turn into one of those non-questioning, all-power/all the time Liberal robots who post on the Globe comment boards.
Is there a place where these people go to have their brains redone? Is there an assimilation process? Or does it just happen over time, kind of like calcification or Alzeihmers.
Generally when I read a paper on-line I like reading the comments more than the stories these days. It’s one of the great things about the internet – the reporter is finally not immune from argument.
But there is something about these crazed Liberal war-room generated comments that makes me fearful. These are the voices of people who brook no argument. Who listen to no reason. Who believe only they deserve to rule, no matter what they have or have not done.
It doesn’t matter if their facts are wrong, if their logic is deficient, if their history is made up, it’s my way or the highway.
This Liberal campaign belongs to those ideologues. It’s built on lies and rhetoric. Truth and record have been banished. Policy and plans have been thrown out the window. It’s the fairy tale right versus the dragons of the left. All ideology, no substance.
That’s because the reality of their government over the last twelve and especially four years is just too terrible to look at.
That is the number one reason to defeat them. If after all the lies and deceit, scandals and corruption, bad policy and missed targets, arrogance and lack of democracy, if after all of that we re-elect this Liberal government we don’t deserve better.
So yes, for our own self-respect we should defeat the Liberals.
But we should also elect the NDP.
If there is one thing I can’t stand about my party it is our self-righteousness, the kind that always ends up talking about a “moral victory”.
Moral victories are the only kind of victories the self-righteous win. We told the truth. We fought the good fight. It would have been wrong to do what we need to do to win, we mumble.
Blah, blah, blah.
Elections aren’t about us. They are about people. And we need to listen to them to win them over.
If we win this time it’s not just because the Liberals deserved to be defeated. It’s because we cut our cloth to fit the electorate. We listened to what they had to say about us and we adjusted.
In the stupidest endorsement ever the Globe this past weekend called the BC NDP “socialists” which is correct in the same way that the BC Liberals are Nazis. In other words, not at all.
That’s a good thing. British Columbians aren’t as insane as their politics. They actually seem to want reasonable, decent government that taxes people responsibly and spends money carefully on things that are important to the general good.
The Liberals haven’t done that for a good while. They deserve to be defeated.
The BC NDP has presented a leader and platform that seems to capture that sentiment. There is a nice modesty at the centre of the plan, which fits the times. It shows the NDP listened and deserves to be our government this time around.
This is the last time I’ll ever get to cast a ballot. Like a right proper citizen I’ll feel very good voting against the Liberals and voting for the NDP.