Since May 2nd, I have listened to many explaining how horrible the cpc government is and how vital it is to the country that the Liberal Party come back. I believe they are sincere. My feelings are a little different. To me, the Liberal party of this century has taken navel gazing to such a high art form that its most advanced political members can do accurate freehand renderings of their intestinal tracts. Frankly, the loss of the Liberal Party of 2001 – 2011 would not be terribly significant.
So, I am asked, why do I expend time, effort and lucre for a party which, at this time, I would not mourn? I do so for two reasons:
1. The party has a foundation in history.
2. It's competitors are hidebound creatures of ideology whose long term success would be unfortunate for Canada.
At the Biennial Convention in January, we have the opportunity to make changes to the party and how it works. Frankly, I am not optimistic. Like so many elections, the candidates who are yelling for change are so tied up in internal Party politics that a dictionary definition of the word "change" should show their posteriors, walking away. Still, there are exceptions. In the race for VP (English) one is James Morton.
I have known James for some years. Not the closest of friends, I have had the opportunity to see James in action over decades, rather than months. I have seen a rational person with a defined set of beliefs who will work harder that one could ever expect. As a lawyer, he practices in both Toronto and Nunavut. Between his practices he is a senior volunteer for the Liberal party, he writes, lectures, is often heard and seen in media, he blogs and tweets and, somewhere during all this he has published almost twenty books.
James is a passionate Liberal. He truly believes that the party can have something to contribute to the Canadian political landscape. I have known James long enough to give him the benefit of the doubt. To that end, I have been happy to work with him, to help refine ideas which can help the Liberals regain some of their historical gravitas. James ideas and initiatives, while aimed at the Liberal Party, are those that apply to any large organization with many semi-autonomous local sub-organizations.
Of James' competitors, I am sure they are nice people. One is very new to the party. I am sure he is a good man but this is not the time to be learning the location of the washrooms. The other grew up in the party, rising from position to position as a youth. I am sure he thinks it is his turn. I think we should wait to bring the entitled types back until we want to sink the party again.
Its time to bring in people who have worked hard, are passionate but whose resume is not defined by their Ottawa work history.
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I ran across this on YouTube and, unfortunately, did not find it hard to believe. It is labeled Arab Men Should Sexually Harass Israeli Woman As Resistance. What struck me was not just the suggestion that sexual harassment and rape should be used as a weapon of "resistance". Given the current activities in Africa, rape as a weapon is hardly a unique concept. The suggestion and the woman suggesting it are both vile. What struck me was the nature of the conversation. If you did not read the translation, the two could be conversing about taxes. There is a gulf between western and Arab culture which exceeds language and religion.
Recently under the weather, I spent a few days on the couch resting, drinking fluids and hoping not to throw up yet again. This last was made more difficult by some of the show I ended up watching on TV.
At a low point, I watched some vampire shows, including True Blood and Vampire Diaries. I also tried to watch one of the Twilight movies but failed to stay awake through it. It seemed the recurring theme of these was:
- Vampires are real
- Other supernatural creatures are real
- One girl or another is in love with the leading man vampire
What struck me in all of these shows is the rather perverse view taken of human life and personal responsibility. Much of these shows seem to focus on helping to hide the killings committed by the vampires, ostensibly because they are trying to improve and not kill other people. When I think back, the theme of dialog seems to be, "I know you killed that person. But I love you so I will cover it up and not tell anyone as long as you promise not to do it again."
I sometimes wonder whether the incredibly moronic people shown in entertainment represent real humanity. In the case of these shows, apparently very popular with young women, do they represent a real morality? Do the watchers truly believe that their adolescent feeling are more important than a respect for human life?
I know these shows are fiction. The show would be much different if the characters did what they should, which is to call in the authorities to address the killing and capture the killer. Far less angst there.
As a voter, if I were to learn that Rocco's promises were more than the usual political bullshit, that they provided a real and tangible return, I would pay him a lot more attention. Make the numbers real and the emotion will follow.