|Oh My Goodness Gracious Me!
||[Nov. 11th, 2003|05:19 am]
I am so used to voting for losing causes that it was with a great deal of trepidation that I logged on to globeandmail.ca when I arrived at work this morning. Despite the polls, I had prepared myself as best I could to read that the aptly-named, thug police union hugging John Tory had somehow gotten himself elected mayor.
But no ... No!
"It's Miller time for Toronto" quoth the Globe and Mail, in what will no doubt be the headline for all our local newspapers.
Though I tend toward pessimism, Miller's victory - with 43.3% of the vote against 38.0% for Tory - along with the recent Liberal ("I won't cut taxes") win in Ontario leaves me disturbingly optimistic that, perhaps, the neo-con tide that has swept over much of this country over the past 10 or 15 years is finally returning to the fetid depths whence it came, leaving only broken streets, uncounted homeless people, much richer land-developers and a humungous deficit as a memorial to its care.
Miller's candidacy represented a politics based on hope and community, rather than fear and dog-eat-dog individualism.
The venal, short-sighted and corrupt old guard has been routed and I have some small hope that Toronto may be once again known as The Good.
Jeez, it's nice to see the good guys win one once in a while.