When the Progressive Conservatives were eaten alive, I supported the NDP, and while I still have a great deal of respect for many of their MPs, I lost faith in their leader. He no longer stood up for Canadian values but had become just another politician.
Then when Michael Ignatieff was named party leader, I joined the Liberals. The first time in my life that I had officially joined a political party. And putting my money where my mouth was, I contributed funds. In fact my husband and I will have contributed the maximum this year. The first time either of us have ever given to a political party.
But I had read Blood and Belonging and The Rights Revolution, and I believed in what Mr. Ignatieff stood for.
But where is that man?
The latest fiasco over the extension of the Afghan War has me wondering if I chose the right route to getting rid of our dictator.
That doesn't mean that I'm going to cut up my Liberal card or stomp off mad, because I still believe in the basic fundamentals of this party. But if they are going to agree with one of the worst decisions ever made by this government, without even telling us why, then the Liberal Party can no more call themselves liberal than the Conservative Party can call themselves conservative.
This is not what I signed on for.
I think I have a better understanding of the events leading up to the Afghan extension announcement. Bob Rae visited Afghanistan and saw an opportunity for a peacekeeping role. Stephen Harper got wind of it so made it political, as he does with everything, announcing the Liberal plan as his own. Then when the you know what hit the fan, he rallied the right-wing media, to spin the story, deflecting blame from Harper himself.
But I don't care. Our role as Peacekeepers should have been put in place years ago, before we allowed Rick Hillier to suggest that it is our military's job to kill people.
That ship has sailed.
I understand that sometimes if you want to help the world's most vulnerable, you have to take up arms against their oppressors. But in Afghanistan, we are the oppressors.
We are propping up a corrupt government and killing people. Lots of people. Women and children. The elderly. Innocent civilians. They no longer want our "help", trust me. They just want to be left alone.
Paul Krugman has an excellent column in the New York Times: The World as Obama Finds It, where he is questioning whether there is any difference between the Republicans and the Democrats.
On Wednesday David Axelrod, President Obama’s top political adviser, appeared to signal that the White House was ready to cave on tax cuts — to give in to Republican demands that tax cuts be extended for the wealthy as well as the middle class. “We have to deal with the world as we find it,” he declared.
The obvious point is the contrast between the administration’s current whipped-dog demeanor and Mr. Obama’s soaring rhetoric as a candidate. How did we get from “We are the ones we’ve been waiting for” to here?
Obama was going to change the world.
In fairness he has had to face a lot of corporate funded opposition with the Tea Party and Fox News, who have been relentless. But if you really want to show that you are different, say to hell with them all. He'd probably find more Americans agreeing with him than he thinks.
In Canada we are facing the same corporate funded opposition, but it's time the Liberals said to hell with them all, and I thought I had seen a few signs of that.
Michael Ignatieff stated recently that while he opposed anti-Semitism, "...stressed that a balanced and informed questioning of Israeli policies was not anti-Semitism". We need more of that.
Michael Ignatieff agreed to decriminalize marijuana for personal use. We need more of that.
The Liberals will reopen the Prison Farms. We need more of that.
They helped to save the gun registry. We need more of that.
They promised to reopen the fighter jet contract. We need more of that.
They promised to end corporate welfare. We need more of that.
They promised to preserve Medicare. We need more of that.
What we don't need is more Stephen Harper, and that is what we are getting with this Afghan WAR.
The right-wing's latest convert, Chantel Hebert, has given Ignatieff his death notice. I'm putting him on life support. Don't make me pull the plug, by showing me there's some signs of life.