Writing about politics suggests reciting acts of government incompetence and malice, slandering personalities and generally arguing for the beheadings of those currently inflicting (mostly financial) misery on our lives.
And so, let’s say we did and move on.
The reason for that on-the-surface tolerance is simple: those who already hate the Conservative Party as much as I do, already know of their collective absurdity from climate denial to election-fixing, from cut-backs in essential services to bigotry instead of justice. We know of their wanton spending on submarines that don’t work, helicopters that don’t fly and fighter jets that come without engines. Their sense of entitlement and elitism is also well-known as is their complete disregard of citizens and their accelerated descent into ignorance rather than science. And then there is the constant but simple-minded propaganda and the equally as constant assault on our freedoms and wallets….just to name a few.
There are way too many more.
So, none of that really needs repeating for us, the enlightened know-it-alls. We already know it all.
One might write all that stuff to convince the swing-voters, tho, the ones who voted Conservative a time or two but are now having doubts. This is the audience for political writing but, let’s face it – not for me. No one of the Conservative Party persuasion would be reading me and, if they were, it would not be for my political acumen. Maybe ravens. Not politics. Those people who might read me and also might possibly vote Conservative can be counted on one hand without using the thumb.
“So, what’s the point, then?”
There are two points: I have to do what I can. And I may have a point that you can use to sway a swinger or two.
Only one, really. And it is a simple one. It works. It resonates even with card-carrying Conservatives. Please try it. Here goes: Conservative is a brand name, not their philosophy. CONSERVATIVE is a name. A N-A-M-E. It means nothing. It is no different than Mighty Ducks or Moose or Oddfellows. It is just marketing – pure and simple. Those voters who consider themselves conservative people are NOT necessarily CONSERVATIVE PARTY think-alikes. In fact, most small-c conservative people wouldn’t act like Stephen Harper, Mike Duffy or Pamela Wallin even once in their lifetime.
We have to tell people that the name is just a name. ALL names are just names – just branding – just marketing – just image. We have to make them understand that Conservative Party has no relationship whatsoever to being a conservative-minded person. That is the only message someone who votes differently from you can accept. That news-flash has a chance of changing some votes. Even better: it is not too offensive.
If you get on a roll, you can include the Liberals but don’t push your luck.