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Wednesday, April 26, 2006

At half mast and half-cocked...

Our soldiers are dying for a failed imperial venture. We are a sad third rate Sparta that has been consigned the unenviable, not to mention hopeless, task of killing the enemies of ‘peace’ and ‘democracy’ in Afghanistan. As I have said in an earlier entry, some 100,000+ Russian soldiers could not ‘fix’ the Afghanistan problem, what the hell are we expecting with our piecemeal expedition. I wonder if the political currency we are gaining with the Bush Administration is worth the lives of our soldiers?

Playing nice with the proto-fascist regime to the south seems to be the order of the day for our Conservative government. Playing nice also seems to entail enacting the same mystifyingly brain-dead policies that George Bush has foisted on Americans. Censuring the media when our dead return from Afghanistan? Does Harper really think he can recreate the kind of Orwellian black hole they have going in the US? The people of Canada need to see the results of our stupid escapades in a foreign land. Contrast the actions of the Conservative government with all their pathetic rhetoric of openness and accountability and cleaning up the system. It is all such bullshittius-maximus.

Not lowering the flags when our soldiers are killed is really just another step in an amateurish attempt to control what information Canadians are exposed to. The poverty of intelligence that plagues our government is a constant wonderment to me. It is like - what new level of obliquity can we sink to this week? Adopting a ‘made in Canada’ solution instead of Kyoto? - Only from Rona Ambrose our Minister of Environment…from ALBERTA…do we hear such guileless lip smacking.

The NDP, Liberals and BQ need to get their collective houses in order and set this ungainly government on the right course…and soon.

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…