I like standing in opposition to things. And yes, part of the reason is that being in opposition to stuff suits my generally contrary manner. But I also think being in opposition to things serves a purpose. Things do not get better, things do not improve, if there is no one standing up and shouting 'Yeah, but what about this." I'm not talking about opposing shit for the sake of opposing shit, which happens too often. I'm talking about legitimate criticism and holding people and governments to account when they're not doing as well as they should.
I like to think I'm not stupid in my opposition. I get mad and oppose Danny Williams not because I'm eager for the Liberals or the NDP to take power. I'm not an idiot; neither of those parties are ready to govern any time in the near future. I oppose Williams because I think he should be doing much better than he is. But there is potential.
But this isn't just a anti-Tory thing. I was pretty annoyed with the rambling, giving away the farm approach that Roger Grimes seemed to be taking to government. And I loathed Brian Tobin, that smarmy prick who was one step removed from being the type of con man you see in bad TV movies. I will stand in opposition to anyone, at any time, given the right cause.
But what do you do when your survey the political landscape and you see nothing inspirational, nothing that looks vaguely competent, and nobody who you believe could do a good job of leading?
I'm so depressed by all of this foolishness that I hardly no where to start. I face the same problem I had a scant 7 weeks or so ago...I have no faith in any of the political parties right now to actually do the job of leading the country. This is unprecedented for me, by the way. I'm a cynic, but I've always believed there's been one political party, in every election since 1988 (the first one I voted in) that was more fit to lead. I have no clue this time. None. It's bloody depressing.
Prime Minister Steven Harper is an idiot, let's not cover up the obvious. He's so caught up with political vendettas that he's utterly oblivious to how scared Canadians are right now. Iqaluit is a bubble in the ocean of reality, but hell, we can sense it up here. How do you not have the sense that there's only so far you can bully and push other political parties before they're going to stand up and punch you in the nose?
On the other hand, the three "opposition" parties are nothing to get wowed over. I'm not chomping at the bit for this Coalition of the Damned. And yes, that's exactly what it is. Dion ran as inept a campaign as you'll ever see a Liberal run. Despite the most favourable electoral conditions he's ever likely to see, Layton still couldn't crack 40 seats and then there are the separatists, who find themselves in a situation more bizarre than when they were "Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition" back in the mid-90s.
This is what you want to lead your country in a time of turmoil? Canadian humour can be a bit weird for outsiders to get sometimes, but this joke is even slipping past me. I wouldn't trust either of these three parties to organize and run a Christmas party, let alone the country.
So what to do? What do you do when you oppose all of the parties involved because you trust none of them and see nothing competent, let alone inspiring about them? Well, I'd suggest a mass purge, but that's not likely to happen.
Or maybe it can. I think what is needed is a sacrificial lamb. And that ought to be Harper. That's the deal the Conservatives offer up to the opposition. Let us stay in power, you guys really don't want to be in charge, given the state of things and what a mess your parties are in right now. But we'll punt Harper, because we know you really hate him and, well, right now, we're not that fond of him either.
I still think they're all morons and we'd be almost better off petitioning to the United States to come and run us for the next five years until we get our act straightened up. But getting rid of Harper, that's a step in the right direction. I could go for that.
And before people come after me for the "let the Americans run the place" comment, consider this. Everything that President-Elect Obama has done since winning the election has been well-planned, intelligent, decisive and designed to reassure the American public who are freaking out in the middle of a crisis that smart people are preparing to take charge of the situation. Everything Harper has done has been petty, partisan and seemingly designed to put politics ahead of the welfare of Canadian citizens. You figure out who we would be better off with...
1. In a little while - U2*
2. Oh Susanna - The Be Good Tanyas
3. Morning is broken - Lloyd Cole
4. Hey little world - The Hives
5. You can look (but you better not touch)(live) - Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.