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What’s worse?


 

Fear or cynicism.


 

What’s worse?

  1. What happened to Stephen Taylor’s blog? I’m not having a stroke, am I?

  2. Cynicism is worse. A cynical pubic will tune out, making themselves susceptible to whatever political message is blasted the loudest – if that message is negative, it just resonates harder.

    Cynicism made George W Bush and Stephen Harper the men they are today.

    It was anger and outrage that finally woke up the US public, got them engaged again and led to the wholesale rejection of the Republican party.

  3. I find cynicism is best in the morning, with fear getting the upper hand about 5pm.

  4. I still want the media to start examining what relationships there are among fear, cynicism and plain old ignorance?

    They keep putting the emphasis on opinions that most of us know are minimally informed…minimally. Like the least informed opinion is the one that counts.

  5. I find cynicism is best in the morning, with fear getting the upper hand about 5pm.

    I rarely experience either of those feelings. I have become cynical about the elite, however. I used to think they were at worst paternal. That they really believed they knew, what’s best for the rest of us.

    Now I know they have nothing but contempt for us.

  6. Lies and and ignorance are worse than both those.

  7. We don’t need no steeeenking fear ’round here.

    Cynicism……. well, we’ve earned that.

  8. Predictably, Canwest-Global and CTV-Bellmedia go into overdrive on any anti-Coalition quote.

    Endless quotes, requotes and variations of the quote for days on end. Yawn.

    Meanwhile the FU stands, no help gets to Canadians for another 7 weeks because Deficit Jim doesn’t want to look like a complete chump, at least no more than usual.

    A sad day for Canadians.

  9. Cynicism is fine when it’s properly focused. But really, the most dangerous cynics are the Harper Conservatives. Read Thomas Frank’s The Wrecking Crew. Political entrepreneurship (people establishing entire careers careers from the processes of politics while being mostly unconcerned about the goals) allied with right wing cynics; who get into government to destroy it and democracy, which they don’t believe in at all, at all.

  10. Today in Nova Scotia :-

    The provincial PC government re-designated $100M originally targeted for debt reduction to a fund aimed at dealing with the economic crisis. They are seeking the assistance of the federal government for release of funds designated for infrastructure improvements.

    Rumour has it that parliament is suspended and can not act. Telephone and other means of communication are diverted to various ad agencies and constituency offices.

  11. “Read Thomas Frank’s The Wrecking Crew. Political entrepreneurship (people establishing entire careers careers from the processes of politics while being mostly unconcerned about the goals) allied with right wing cynics; who get into government to destroy it and democracy, which they don’t believe in at all, at all.”

    I think it’s fairly clear that Thomas Frank is on the left wing of the political spectrum, reading him would give as much insight as reading Ann Coulter. If you want to read a decent book talking about the political culture of the US and North America I reccomend “American Backlash.”

    As for the “wrecking democracy” bit. I’ve seen this hyperbole played out the entire week, and it’s treated as insightful commentary. It’s not, it’s about as hollow as Dean Del Meastro calling the opposition traitors or Liberal Derek Lee comparing this situation to Germany in the early 1930’s and the crisis in English Parliament in the 1600’s. It’s especially infantile because it automatically assumes that all politicians to the left of the political spectrum love democracy and anyone to the right hates it , an opinion which is frivilous.

    I haven’t really seen any party make moves towards fixing democracy or making it better, and unfortunately due to the sweet scent of power the NDP dumped it’s commitment to PR upon entering the agreement.

  12. “allied with right wing cynics; who get into government to destroy it and democracy, which they don’t believe in at all, at all.”

    It sounds like they want anarchy. If Stephen Harper was a small government conservative you’d have a point, but he isn’t for small government, in fact he’s far from it.

  13. I’m not sure which is worse…but I *am* sure that Stephen Harper is going to stick his size twelve Payless up the Liberal party’s (flabby, sagging) ass when the house resumes sitting.

    Forty freaking six percent. Can he get a bigger majority than Mulroney? Bien sur! He is the only federalist option in Quebec now.

    A celebratory Can-Con moment, courtesy of Odds (incorrectly known as “The” Odds by many), would be apropos:


    You knew the reason but you let it start
    This vice would be your end
    And now the end has come
    You’re feeling really dumb
    but you deserve it
    You had no choice

    It falls apart,
    in little pieces on the floor
    too wild to keep together
    so you want it more
    It falls apart, falls apart, falls apart

  14. He [Harper] is the only federalist option in Quebec now.

    That’s truly funny. Glad you believe it. Harper marginalized the Quebecois. Where have you been the past week?

    10 CONservative seats in Quebec. Buh bye. Majority? Buh bye!

  15. Oh, the CAITI people are here! Money grubbing seniors, not content with the half trillion debt they left the younger generation, want to mooch more.

    The demographics of Canada have changed immensely, Tranny. A largely white group of seniors, the most affluent generation ever, wants to burden an increasingly non-white generation with even more debt? That’s racist as hell, and it’s not gonna fly. Why should the 20% of Canadians who are immigrants give you anything? Pay for your own scratch and win tickets and viagra with your own money, moochie.

  16. Cynicism or Fear? How about shame?

    Never in my life did I think I would see a sitting Prime Minister of Canada denigrate his fellow citizens and encourage fellow Canadians to call them traitors to their country because of a what amounts to as a partisan political decision or because of the province them came from. Its hard not to be emotional when the love of your country is questioned continually as a tool to keep yourself in power.

    My family came to Canada from Scotland more than 30 years ago. We settled in Quebec, watched the battles between real separatists and real federalists. We became proud Canadians and proud federalists. I was at the massive rally in Dominion square in Montreal in 1995. I was so immensely proud to be a Canadian that day and for all those days before and since.

    The past 4 days I have been told by my government, my co-workers and neighbors that the province I call home should have its democratic voice suspended and that the people that live their are all traitors. My unilinigual English speaking mother called me from Quebec this evening, she told me if there was a referendum today she would vote for the sovereignty. Her message: Regardless of political affliction, sovereignist or federalists, attack a Quebecer you attack all Quebecers, English or French. We love our country, but we also love our province, our home.

    I suspect many of the regular commentators on the MacLean’s forums work on the hill for one party or the other. The “game” you play trying to “win” against your opponent is not a game outside the house. The tone you set, the message you send, resonates. Conservatives, to win your game and maintain power you would destroy the country. Remember the stakes for you are nice lunches at the Parliamentary restaurant and a nicer tables at Hy’s. The stakes for the rest of us, is country we call home.

    Sorry, had to do that rant. Therapy. Otherwise I might start beating my dog.

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