Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Harper, Fall on your sword

CAPP and its allies forced you to come back when you went rogue, went off the democratic track altogether. My guess is the only principle that you still are - that you ever were - standing on, is your visceral hatred of liberalism and your commitment to eradicate it. For the good of Canadian Conservatism, resign. In honour of those from that political tradition (including some of my own MacDonald-era Kingston Scot Tories,) resign. In the name of those from the party you used to subvert the nation, resign; for the sake of those who helped create our democracy, and in the cause of parliament over every party ever in power, resign.
For the good of Canadian Conservatism and the nation sir, you need to surrender your party and leave the stage. Let local conservatives reconsider their cause, let me them quickly pick a new leader, even as the stories of the ship of your state begin leaking out, Stephen let your party fight an election without you, even as a chorus of truth telling and whistle blowing and ratting out begins to sound. Let the new leader stumble to the polls, and in the aftermath of your ruinous rule Mr. Prime Minister, let them consider a less dictatorial form of conservative philosophy than neo-corporatism to present for our consideration next election.

Let voters of good will create a coalition of our own, one whose goal would be to elect representatives who serve individual ridings and not the interests of their party.

We are crown-chartered commoners, none greater or lesser than another. Party Politics just met its match in an awakened, online electorate capable of mobilizing on the ground around an ancient tradition of common rules that politicians keep making and breaking. The Speaker speaks for Our House, for the deal that was negotiated over centuries, the agreement we keep re-working as our institutions become more egalitarian. That is how I will be voting next time.

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