Why I really don’t like the hard core left
Yesterday someone asked me “You really don’t like the NDP do you?” No, I don’t. I was a firm and rapid supporter of the NDP in 1988 when I was in grade 10. As fate would have it, I happened to be supporting Chris Axworthy at the time, although I didn’t actually work on the campaign. I was one of the more outspoken people in our mock parliament in history class. Other teachers would sit in on our history class and watch as our class engaged in political warfare. It was a lot of fun, and one of my finest memories from highschool. As odd as it may seem one of the things we ‘dippers’ attacked the Mulroney Tories on was the deficit. When the Turner Liberals stood up to speak to the issue we gently reminded them of how our debt really got started in the 70’s.
Things have changed. The once proud and fiscally responsible NDP is no more. Now they are a protest party, an activist party that has so lost their grip on reality and common sense that their leader will do anything and say anything to get in power. Fortunately every press outlet in the country immediately saw through Jack Layton’s lies and theatrics on the issue homeless deaths in Toronto. Perhaps he didn’t lie. Perhaps he just has a tenuous grip on reality. I’m not sure which is worse.
The hard core left is spurred on by anecdotal stories of big corporations collecting huge profits and firing workers, all the while ignoring the big picture that has seen unemployment drop significantly in 10 years. Little do they realize that the increase of value in their pensions and RRSP accounts is direct result of those corporate profits. The world is one giant conspiracy theory in which cigar smoking capitalists plot their oppression of 3rd world nations and the next environmental disaster.
Paul Martin is an evil heartless CEO who cares nothing for the people. A bay street toady who was serving only his buddies when he cut spending and decreased taxes. I guess it doesn’t matter to them that the right kind of tax cuts don’t decrease government revenue, they increase it by producing jobs and stimulating the economy. A fact that some long time progressives like Roy Romanow and Janice MacKinnon figured out 10 years ago. It doesn’t matter that Canada’s debt was creating fiscal instability that was driving investment and jobs out of the country. It doesn’t matter that we cede our economic sovereignty to bond holders as our collective debt squeezes us. It doesn’t matter that if we were actually debt free we could afford to have everything from a healthy social safety net to a proud military with room for tax cuts. It doesn’t matter that every time Canada puts a billion dollars against its debt it gains a serious economic advantage in the global economy.
The hardcore left drink deeply from their own propaganda. They insulate themselves from other points of view and live in ignorance yet consider themselves enlightened. It really is unfortunate because they care about things moderate parties should care about like the environment. All Canadians should listen to the left, but God help us if they ever held the balance of power in Ottawa.