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Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Just say Grit:
"If I had to tell you as a parent or as someone who has spent his whole life working with young people, the last darn thing I want you to be doing is smoking marijuana," the federal Liberal leader said.
"I want you to be out there digging a well, digging a ditch, getting a job, raising a family ... doing stuff, instead of parking your life on the end of a marijuana cigarette."
Digging a well? Digging a ditch? He then goes onto encourage students to strive for a post-secondary education. I know they don't have a course in ditch digging at U of T, and Harvard would consider a course on digging as way too heteronormative. Maybe York has something: My Shovel, Myself: New Feminist Approaches to Sewer line Maintenance? Talking extemporaneously isn't easy, and when you're Leader of the Opposition you do that a lot. They might be willing drag out the old teleprompter for the Prime Minister, or one of his higher ranking minions, but Iggy is just a job applicant. He can make do with whatever passes across his Ivy League educated brain at the moment. If you give anyone enough time they'll say something stupid. Being a politician, and therefore forbidden from saying anything intelligent or controversial, Iggy has got to confine himself to platitudes. It's only a matter of time before you run out of bland inoffensive things to bore the kiddies to sleep with.
You can hear poor Iggy thinking: Baking a pie? No, the feminists will have my head for that one, so will the anti-Americans. How many hockey references can I cram into this thing before it gets annoying? What's left? Digging! Academics dig to find the truth! We as a nation must dig our way out of the fiscal mess the Harper government has left! Digging wells brings water, everyone loves water. Wait, do they? Better check with Warren, just in case I'm speaking at the North Manitoban Anti-Water Association Convention next week.
"We can't afford to be provincial. We can't afford to be small. We've got to engage with the world. The world needs Canada to solve conflicts, to give advice, to dig wells, to build schools, to help people. We (also) need more people coming into Canada."
So we need to send people out of Canada, and bring more people into Canada? Maybe he'll get a revolving door installed at customs. The digging wells and building schools bit sounds great, everyone loves digging and schools. Heck, Iggy's fertile brain must have made the next logical step, creating a network of schools in the Third World to teach digging! Those poor foreigners being unable to figure out how to dig their own holes. Indeed before the Liberal Party invented the hole, sometime in the 1960s I believe, we all just spent our time staring at the ground wondering if there was someway of moving this stuff out of our way. The teaching foreigners to dig holes meme dovetails neatly with the don't do drugs schtick. They both sound kind and compassionate, yet manifest the same paternalistic mentality. Foreigners aren't smart enough to dig their own holes, and ordinary Canadians aren't bright enough to figure out what to put in their own bodies. Luckily Lord Iggy is here to help, Ditch Digging Professor to the world.
Posted by Richard Anderson on March 17, 2010 | Permalink
Boy you people can't catch a break! Mr. Harper won't back you, and now neither will Iggy. You're dropping down the political food chain. Well good. Druggies deserve to be prosecuted. If you think that's unjust, it's better than being persecuted by the population in the form of posses and lynch mobs.
Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2010-03-17 6:42:03 AM
I'm becoming convinced that Iggy is a plant for the CPC. That is the only way to explain how uniquely terrible he is. Net's wide open and he still won't shoot it in. Whatever, the CPC's MJ policy will change when Bernier deposes Harper.
Posted by: Cytotoxic | 2010-03-17 9:17:37 AM
The NDP is in bed with the unions. The Bloc is in bed with Quebec unions and far left radicals in Quebec. The Greens will try to destroy the economy with government regulation(just like the european green parties). Remember Greens are like watermelons, green on the outside and red on the inside). The Liberals will make some move towards business but also have roots in the unions. The Liberals are the creators of our giant welfare state. The Libertarian party doesn't have the means to run candidates in 80% of the ridings. The only solution is the Conservative Party. The party is free trade and working to do away with the Liberal's gun registry. The Conservatives are the ones who cut the GST to 5%, the most pro-free trade, and are planning to further cut corporate taxes. Are the Conservatives perfect? Of course not, they are however the best real choice(how big do you think a Liberal or NDP stimulus paln would have been?). My advice is that the best way to make the Conservative Party perfect is to take control of it! Unlike the other parties, there is a base of people who agree with our ideas. We must work with them to control the ridings and to dominate the party membership list.The Liberals are at heart a big government party! What the Liberals did in the 1990's was out of necessity not out of principle. Liberals cut government only as a last resort. Cutting government spending is not viewed as a last resort option by Conservatives!
Posted by: Jake | 2010-03-18 3:50:32 PM
I just wish all our great leaders would try to remember that we have a over taxed population of only 34 million people.
If they want to save humanity.....fly at it, just leave the rest of us alone, and stay the hell out of our wallets.
Posted by: peterj | 2010-03-19 12:30:32 AM
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