I am feeling a bit reluctant these days to continuing my writing campaign against Harper. It is not that my feelings about him and his party have changed one iota – the guy is a total dickhead – but simply because the others have now spoken and, sadly, none of the contenders are inspiring me at all. Not a bit. Once again, I feel as most Canadians usually feel at election time, helpless, disappointed and somehow defeated-in-advance of the outcome.
They are all dickheads!
To be fair, Mulcair sees himself as the one to beat and he doesn’t want to defeat himself so he is saying as little as possible. (A tactic Christy Clark is following: hiding until called upon for a photo op). Trudeau is stretching a bit but he is still coming across as a little boy in his father’s clothing. And all of them are keeping their topics and their content to the mundane, picayune and stupid. I.e. Harper pledging $7 million to fish research (the price of an old house in West Vancouver) after having eviscerated science and DFO over the last decade. Trudeau going for legalization of Marijuana (while Vancouver opens storefronts every ten blocks) and Mulcair touting childcare once again. Oh MY GOD! How is any of that leadership? Where is the vision? Where is the inspiration?
Hell, where is the motivation to even vote?
It’s worse than a beauty contest without the bathing suit competition. It’s like race-walking or synchronized swimming. Not even as good as rhythmic gymnastics. I’m sorry. Dull. NO interest. None.
If only Elizabeth May would start drinking heavily.
Is it too much to ask for some ‘real talk’, some real vision, some real leadership? Do they all have to speak baby-talk to us? Do none of these people have new ideas? Are they all bereft of any semblance of courage? Harper also lacks heart. Trudeau lacks brains and Mulcair looks like an ad for Cialis before taking the pill. Only E. May says much of anything but, given her chances, she would look silly saying too much. She won’t be able to do any of it so what’s the point of making promises? But even she could shout some bold philosophies, some creative solutions, some new ideas.
Again – to be fair – campaigning is a sham, a farce, and an insult to the voting public. That which passes for politics never sees the light of election day or even gets revealed on the campaign trail. Campaigning is waving the flag, showing the colours and looking good while trying to make sound-bites. And most people know this. We are really supposed to get our political opinions as the government performs over the years.
But, of course, how does the opposition get any exposure in that kind of forum? Who listens to the opposition for four years? We listen to the incumbent, agree or disagree and then, if we disagree, and as a last resort, look around at the opposition to see if we agree with them. Truly, the opposition gets ‘left-overs’ and then has to make a more palatable dish at election time while the incumbents get to BUY fresh and present fancy.
Hard to dislodge the incumbents that way. The government pretty much has to blow their own feet off. The opposition can’t seem to do it.
The good news: Like always, the Conservatives have blown their feet off. The bad news: the opposition can’t seem to get walking either. No one is really running and isn’t that what campaigning is supposed to be all about?