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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Poll results, wishful thinking and realism

My dear friends, it's about finding a balance. There's nothing I'd like more than to see the corrupt, dysfunctional, self-perpetuating status quo shattered into a million little pieces. If we have to stick an Orange Crush label on it, well, I can live with that.

Really, it's like a wish list:

  • the end of the malignant Harper Regime
  • disentangling ourselves from the rotting empire to the south
  • prizing the corporate continentalists' and "free trade" cheerleaders' fingers from the levers of power
  • ending the simplistic binary narrative that has, for decades, presented the Liberals and Conservatives as the only serious / realistic possibilities for governing the country
  • a measurably significant uptick in civic engagement
  • genuine possibility of meaningful democratic reform, including an end to the putrescent First Past The Post system
  • ponies for everyone.

It's only because we've seen what that hopey-changey thing can turn into that I'm cautious. The owners, CEOs and aristocrats still have a lot of ways to manipulate us and a lot of shiny objects to distract us. It's in that light that I've been doing what I've doing on the Tweeter.





H/t Frank Graves (@VoiceOfFranky) and Scott Tribe (@stribe39).

Are we really on the verge of a seismic shift in the Canadian political landscape? Damned if I know. It's a nice thought, though.

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