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The Droz Report #5 [Apr. 14th, 2011|02:58 pm]
Young Geoffrey
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Kim Campbell's revenge



(Nothing new in the boys' room)


Same old boys' club.

After two debates and an in-person attendance at a rally, I'm finding myself kind of depressed about the election, enervated instead of energized. Though I still think the choices facing us are important — Very Bad versus Not Very Good — it's not easy to get excited by the latter.

And it's not easy to get excited by canned rhetoric, by half-truths contending with lies, lies with half-truths, or by the fact the most inspirational actor in either the French- or the English-language debate was a separatist whose primary goal is to destroy the most successful and successfully complex civilization in the history of the world (ask me what's good about Canada some day!).

Tuesday and Wednesday nights saw me staring at the television, and Wednesday morning hopping on my bike for a hurried ride into downtown Ottawa, where Jack Layton was holding court at a Bank Street eatery at the ungodly hour of 8:00 o'clock in the morning.

Layton was introduced by my local MP who got predictable cheers for asking the partisan crowd of maybe 150 people who won the previous evening's debate.

Layton himself was, more or less, the same as what I've seen on television. Clear and concise, kind of funny, and a just a little stiff, as if even after decades in politics he's still not entirely comfortable speaking to a crowd. He stuck very close to his script; aside from a joke about the political points to be made from kissing "ma blonde" after the debate, I had already heard everything he said at breakfast almost verbatim on Tuesday night.

The NDP, it seems, is pro-family and pro-small business, anti-Senate and anti-credit card companies; pro-environment and pro-health care, against over-paid bank CEOs and, er, Stephen Harper — the rhetorical specifics are already fading, as are those from the "debates" themselves.

So I'd best get on with it. Click here for more if you're up for some ennui. I'll try to keep it short.

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[User Picture]From: sooguy
2011-04-15 01:05 am (UTC)
read your entire report.

I have to agree I just attended a local candidates meeting and am feeling the depression of this election as well.

No the debates did not sway me either way. Way too much talking past each other and trying to score a snarky sound-bite.

I think this country needs to re-think the whole debate format (never mind the whole voting system!) if they want to better engage people.

I am going to post my thoughts on the local candidates meeting in my own journal and avoid bogging yours down.
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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2011-04-15 03:07 pm (UTC)

Was it ever thus?

I do wonder if it's ever been much different, in terms of debate-vs-exchange rhetorical blows. Maybe I should find the 1988 version and compare and contrast. (Hmm, maybe I should ... re-watches and re-reads seem to be all the rage in fandom these days.)

I agree that the debate formate could be better (though I thought the French version was a little better in part because the hosts intervened more often to keep things on track), but for me at least, a major part of my "depression" is the brutal sense that in the end, it doesn't matter.

I don't quite believe it, because of Harper's hidden agenda to bankrupt the state, but the basic consensus (low taxes and, therefore, low services) is pretty much accepted even by the NDP, even if they don't admit it.

And hell, Raven and I happened to go to Parliament Hill the other week to take a tour and there was a pro-war (in Libya) demo going on — at which my (New Democrat) MP, Paul Dewar, was speaking, urging the west on to victory in Libya.

So long as the Conservatives have no realistic chance of winning my riding, I'm giving serious consideration to giving my vote to the Greens.

My next Droz Report may be on that o! so popular topic, "Whither the New Democratic Party" ... Watch my ratings soar!
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