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Sunday, April 02, 2006

Write yout letters but don't be surprised.

A letter written to one of our local newspapers... bitter lefty rants are always a good time...

I read about half the letters section in the March 30, 2006 edition of the Journal I stopped when I read the plaintive quote across the top. It decried the lack of response to all the public concern about the Third way and if conservative MLA’s actually read the paper. I ask this question: Would it make a difference if they did?

Of course the case against privatizing healthcare is strong. The case was strong against deregulating our power, but that went ahead (at a cost of 7 billion frittered away). There was the usual host of letters brimming with commentary, relevant facts and cogent argumentation. The problem is that we’re living in essentially a one party state. Did you get your knickers tied up in knots over the sponsor ship scandal? Do you really think that the same sort of corruption and culture of entitlement does not exist after 35 years of Conservative rule in Alberta? Is the fact we cannot get a straight answer out of Iris Evans about the Third way so really surprising? No.

What is really surprising is the continued bout of naivety that seems to affect the public in Alberta (or at least the people who write letters to the editor). Not feeling like the government is listening? The Tories have been in power since 1971; they had a lot of practice ignoring the progressive voice in the province. Has there ever been a serious challenge to the Tories power? No. Full marks to Mr. Taft and Mr. Mason you would indeed make Sisyphus proud.

The first battle that needs to be fought is on the political stage. Strike some fear into the government. Elect a decent sized opposition that will not allow the Tories to rule by decree. Accountability comes when politicians are not always in their comfort zone, when they actually feel responsible to those who elect them.

It will be difficult though; Ralph’s world is not bad enough yet for the masses to be swayed easily. Get off your word processor and cause some trouble for the government. Or just continue to write impassioned pleas to the letters section, the status quo is not that bad…

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