Four More Years.

I apologize if everyone is tired of thinking about this. I know I’m late, and the fateful vote was three whole days ago. But I’ve been incoherent with rage and heartsick and despondent and I am just getting around to putting it into words.

Gordon Campbell is still the premier. And he’s still the MP for my riding.

I understand how this happened. Economic uncertainties, don’t switch horses in the middle of the stream, strong economic policy. Blah blah blah.

But really? With all those forestry folks out of work? Ambulances on strike? Hospital support staff outsourced to the cheapest bidders? Tuition and bus fares raised? Education funding cut again? Privatization all over the goddamn map?

I understand there was a low voter turnout. But why? Are people so beaten low that they can’t even bestir themselves to put a checkmark on a ballot? Do they think they don’t matter? Because I cannot believe for one minute that the majority of folks in this province want that smarmy shitheel making economic decisions for them.

Maybe in four years, up to our necks in Olympic debt, routinely shaken down by meth-addicted homeless people, unable to get Emergency Services to our homes in under an hour, treated like second-class citizens for needing to go on Employment Insurance, seeing our children fail because they get no attention in an overstretched teacher’s classroom, standing helpless as our elderly die in the hallways of hospitals because there are no beds or nurses, maybe then we’ll decide it’s a good idea to vote.

4 Comments to “Four More Years.”

  1. By Arwen, May 15, 2009 @ 12:02 pm

    I think the problem was really that people saw the NDP alternative as “spend on credit cards until you can spend no more, have all the business flee and everyone lose their jobs, have everything get further out of whack and make less sense”.

    And between the guy who takes it all away and says “belt tightening, we’ll make it through” and the woman who says “yes, I hear your pain”, well – neither choice sounds right or real or possible. You know? None of it talks about us as society, and how we’re going to make it through the tsunami.

    I’m a socialist through and through, but even I have been wondering what the NDP’s economic (and green) understanding is,and whether it’s mainly based on besides polls and pain.

    I’m a socialist for economic and social reasons both – because I don’t think that people suffering and broken has a Non-Effect on Economy and overall stability. In fact, to me, this housing bubble (and the one in the states) is about exactly that.

    But the NDP in this province confuse me. James did well in debate. But I never really got the sense they/she were/was engaging with the BIGGER PICTURE, which is what a shitload of trouble the world’s in. The trouble not caused by Gordon Campbell, specifically but universal neo-con fundamentalism and wishful thinking. ( Yes, and if we all believed in Jesus, no one would ever get an STD again. )

    So I think maybe the lack of engagement is not being able really to tell what’s right, here. They both seem hinky.

    James needed to make a really really concrete VISION of us being okay. I think part of the problem here is the nuance of the left – I also think that, in ignoring the right wing economists, the left is in a welter of confusion about what’s going on and how to recover. There’s still some disbelief that we’re here.

  2. By Stephanie, May 16, 2009 @ 9:14 am

    You should have voted for Obama. 😉

    We elected Bush twice. So…. Sometimes people take a long time to get it.

  3. By Liz, May 16, 2009 @ 1:23 pm

    Arwen, I think you’re right about the NDP not looking like they had a grasp of the bigger picture. That’s got to be off-putting in times like these. Would she steer us deeper into the abyss? Who knows.
    And sure, GC is all in belt-tightening mode, but I wonder how useful that’ll be in the long run.
    Stephanie, if I could have voted for Obama, I would have.
    Captcha: bergerac reductions

  4. By rachel, May 17, 2009 @ 10:40 am

    Well, and as even Obama is learning: selling hope is one thing. Implementing it is substantially harder.

    I wasn’t going to keep the Captcha obsession going, but then I got “walleye widely”. HAHAHAHAHA!

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