Something is bothering me. Over the course of the recent election campaign, I was disenchanted with Liberal Party strategy and my instincts told me that the Green Shift policy was a political time bomb and it's introduction was in effect, going to hand the election to the CPC. It seemed to me that any politically astute person should see that. It certainly appears that my instincts were correct. Couple this with the difficulties of selling Mr. Dion, and a united Right and I could see no chance for Liberals to form a government.
As I searched for a place to hang my ideological hat, I perused Green Party sites looking for a venue similar to Garth.ca where open exchange was taking place. I did not find such a thing, but was informed that only Green Party members were allowed to post on the blogs. I wasn't very impressed and this in itself was enough to keep me from buying a membership in their party, even though I agree with many of their policies and overall outlook. The fact that I didn't receive a response to an email I sent to Elizabeth May didn't help either.
I can't find any comfort zone with the NDP, as Jack Laytons style, ideas and methods are inconsistent and seem to lack realistic basis and are opportunistic. So that pretty much leaves them at the gate in my mind.
The CPC have of course developed a working machine that outright destroys independent positions and that is no place for a free thinker. Which brings me back to my main point of silencing the voices of dissent.
I came up with a small list of campaign cuties a while back when Comrade Herb asked for a slogan that could be used against the CPC in the near future. I came up with a number of them, but the one I think I like best is this;
"The Group of One". Very Canadian, don't you think?
But there was something else nagging at the back of my mind. This was around the time of Ignatieff's rise to the Liberal throne and I was having some difficulty reconciling in my mind that there was a great difference here between the two entities. So I also came up with a gem for them;
"Lefibrillators". Heh Heh. Me make much mischief. The essence of the thought was related to injecting some juice into a dying entity and of course a reference to acknowledgment of past sins.
In recent days there has been much discussion about the Liberal Party moving to the right under Mr. Ignatieff's camps guidance. Many previously dissenting voices have shuffled about and some are calling themselves such things as "disaffected Liberal". The situation in Gaza seems to have ripped open a hole in the tenuous mesh that was holding the left and right camps together under the big tent and having read many sources of differing opinions on this recently, I am rather perplexed. I have a sense that dissenting voices are not welcome, and there is no willingness to hear them either.
Something I have tried to convey to the Liberal establishment whenever an opportunity arose was the concept that like many others, I don't owe them my allegiance or my vote. They have to earn it.
What say you Comrades?