Skip to comments.Drowning Democracy
Posted on 05/28/2005 7:24:22 AM PDT by fanfan
Leon Trotsky once dismissed a group of political opponents by exclaiming that they would be consigned to "the dustbin of history." Mark my words, they will be joined before very long by Belinda Stronach. She is a vacuous figure of passing interest; a transitory, if irritating digression.
So, on to more serious issues. Whether you liked it or not, there was once in this country a party that stood for something. Liberalism held sway and the vague yet compelling notions of constant progress and social justice attracted mass support.
We could vote for or against such a party. Conservatives may not have approved of the Liberals, but they grudgingly acknowledged the greatness of the party. Canadian liberalism was a yardstick with which to measure the body politic.
The stick is now broken, the party is gone, the philosophy has evaporated. Instead of something solid and impressive, we now have mush and mess. A vehicle for power, an entity obsessed with government for its own sake, a symbol of empty boast and plastic politics.
There are many reasons why I could never vote Liberal: The corruption scandal, the mishandling of the military, the lack of open and democratic government, the appalling waste of time and money that is the gun registry and the attempt to impose homosexual marriage.
All of these, however, possess one common foundation -- arrogance. The vain assumption on the part of Liberal politicians, the liberal media and the liberal establishment that they have a natural right and responsibility to govern this country and know what Canadians want and need far better than Canadians themselves.
Canada is supposed to be based on those two constitutional certainties of the rule of law and the separation of powers. As for the former, we now know quite clearly that laws have been broken (see AdScam). This can be dealt with. The latter is more significant.
There is supposed to be a glorious balancing act between the executive, the legislature and the judiciary. In other words, between the Prime Minister and cabinet, Parliament and the courts. This system has served the democratic world for generations.
But in Liberal Canada the lines have become so blurred as to no longer exist. The PM is now presidential, with his office wielding far more power than a cabinet minister. Backbenchers are virtually powerless and in a Liberal government are seldom allowed to vote against the party line.
The central judiciary is appointed by the Prime Minister, with only a token few hours of questioning of the justice minister by opposition MPs.
Power in Canada now rests with the Prime Minister, his two closest advisers, the Supreme Court and a few senior bureaucrats who are drenched in complacent Ottawa liberalism.
There are many fine Liberal MPs who have done good work over the years but they are, sadly, enablers. That is, they enable by their presence and their votes the furtherance of Liberal misgovernment.
The Liberal Party is for the most part not even an ideological grouping any longer, but merely a conduit for political and social influence. There are, of course, Liberals who are of a different calibre but their voices are increasingly weak and are rarely listened to by the full-fed princes who control the party.
I can respect but disagree with a New Democrat or a separatist, but how am I to respond to modern Liberals? I have no idea where they stand on most of the major issues of the day. They said that the GST and free trade were Tory horrors, but they are now party policy.
They said homosexual marriage was entirely unacceptable but it's now official legislation. They promised free votes but changed their mind. They wanted tax breaks for corporations but now think the NDP is right.
Canada splashes around for its life while Paul Martin swims on with a smile. Canadian democracy is not waving but drowning.
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Liberalism in a nutshell.
It's just astounding, isn't it?
I don't know about the political opponents, but that's where Trotsky is.
As for Belinda Stronach--never heard of her. She's already there.
She a Billy Clinton Bimbo.
I believe we're watching the opening scene in the play "Canada Breaks Apart". The Liberals have proven they will ignore constitutional parliamentary rules or do anything else to remain their hold on power.
Unlike the US where the political divisions between liberals and conservatives exist to one degree or another across all fifty states, in Canada there are clear geographical boundaries which separate one party from another. Eastern Canada is reliably in bed with the Liberal Party.Quebec, which stands firmly between the Maritimes and liberal stalwart Ontario, may, if the Liberals win once more, have just enough juice to actually secede this go around.
And then there's Alberta and Saskatchwan. Both have small but growing(especially since Gomery and the Liberal's parliamentary shenanigans)officially recognized separatist parties. Albertan separatists are also bolstered by the knowledge that given their strong energy and agriculture base they go "go it alone" and succeed quite well.
And finally, there's BC. Would, in the event of the secessions of Quebec and Alberta, British Columbia choose to remain in a confederation with a broken up entity comprised of Manitoba, Ontario and the Maritimes. It's difficult to say but maybe even more difficult to see it working. Given that scenario, it's plausible that BC would choose to join an economically vibrant and growing Western confederation rather than try to hold on to the past.
My prediction is this-- and only time will tell if it's close to being accurate. Unless the next governing majority is an alliance between the CPC and the Bloc, Canada will start to unravel.It will be an unmistakeable sign to conservatives in the west and to Quebecers that even the worst scandal in Canadian history can't wrest power from the Liberal junta and the future has been determined, like it or not.
The key to any successful democracy is its moral base. If you think you are right and commit unlawful acts to keep power, you kill the country. We are going through a similar thing here in the US with the dems and filibusters of judicial nominees. Granted, it is not quite to the level of Canada, but the principle is the same.
If we don't stop it now, our country will be lost.
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