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Femion » He’s an Orange Maaaan…

He’s an Orange Maaaan…

June 16th, 2007

do da doot da do do daaaa…

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Last night I went to see what Jack Layton, leader of the New Democrats, the third most powerful political party in Canada, had to say. It doesn’t sound impressive, but they’ve got 17.5% of the vote compared to the measily 0.34% acquired by the Libertarians in the states, and their founder Tommy Douglas is often attributed with the creation of Canada’s health care. (Sorry for lecture, Canadian readers)
I’ll probably end up voting for the NDP in the next election (which will be my first!) even though I disagree with a lot of the things on their platform, because the Liberals made a deal with the Greens that they wouldn’t run a candidate in Central Nova if the Greens stayed out of the riding of Stefan Dion, the liberal leader. The NDP candidate was a social studies teacher at my high school who I never had, although I had conservative friends who found her class a bit nutty.
Let me just say that I think I hate politics and I don’t look to any current politicians in Canada or the US with respect or admiration. Layton’s speech did nothing to change that. He’s not a very good orator and he had nothing novel to say than the typical ‘Guy in charge is bad because he breaks his campaign promises. I’ve never been in charge but I’ll keep my outrageous and unattainable campaign promises just because it’s easy to say it now.’ rhetoric.
A guy in the middle of the audience fainted and fell off his chair in the middle of his speech. People around him stood up and wondered if they should call 911, and Layton just went on telling his bad joke about Peter Mackay (not that I’m defending Mackay, the joke was unfunny), as if he was too concerned about his appearance to even feign sympathy for one of his voters.
Also, I’ve been wondering why Jack Layton says he stands up for working and middle-class families, not working and middle class people. Does that mean he doesn’t care for single, adult orphans or people who have become distanced from their family? As my dad suggests, it’s a piece of propoganda designed to make the NDP look less communist and more conservative without actually being conservative. Or maybe they’re trying to associate themselves with the fond memories people have of their own families, since it’s not just the NDP who do this.
Now, though I’ve been very critical of the NDP in this post, don’t think for a moment that I’m some right wing fanatic, because I’m not.
I’m just unsure that I want to be a socialist.

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