Friday, December 09, 2005

The State of Politics.

Politics makes me ill. Unfortunately, I still have to make a choice in this forgettable era of crowding the middle. Despite all the swill and shill of the past two decades, the current federal election remains in my opinion the shallowest in recent memory. Handguns and token tax cuts seem to be the order of the day in this bland and frankly inconsequential bore. It's Christmas and I have better things to do.

It's certainly not the Free Trade Fizzle of 1988, nor the epic 1980 election... Trudeau returned for four more years to Alberta's endless chagrin. In vain attempt to make a dent in the east, the 'heartland' sold its soul and sent Honest Joe Clark to the alter. And yet they still lost - defeated in a farcical vote of non-confidence - ironically at the hands of Social Credit. And as we all know, the NEP was secure for another four years - Comrade Trudeau redeemed and Mulroney instantly destined for greatness. It was the worst of times.

And yet one has to wonder if history is rolling out another re-run. Remember the old days of Reform and the Alliance? Has the leopard changed its stripes? Can a party and leader which once stressed dogged neo-conservative and virtuous traditional values suddenly morph into the happy centrist next door? Didn't Harper and current CPC National Campaign Director Flannigan leave the Reform Party for the National Citizens Coalition in 1994 in disgust amid accusations that Manning was becoming too populist and - gulp - centrist? It's amazing the bankruptcy that comes with the mere glint of power. There's no 'hidden' agenda. In pursuit of plum Ontario, this latest incarnation of carnies proves to be as ideologically whorish (ie. bereft) as the Liberals and NDP are. Sweet irony.

Perhaps the Calgary School and the rural West have seen the light given their noticable hush on the whole matter. For their benefit, I hope so. Otherwise, it's amazing what level an entire region is willing to stoop - yet again - to grope at the golden bosom.

As the clear champions in this age of re-working 'brand appeal', I hereby award my vote to the Conservative Party of Canada. In the spirit of modern Canadian politics, you have abandoned any semblance of ideology and replaced it with thin policy and murky direction built squarely on the foundations of apathetic populism. Air rights over the bloated centre are secure. Now bring on the turkey and piss off.


In a similar vein, look forward to a Miller-Pitfield showdown this November. The stars are aligning.

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