Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Jackie Gleason Bets The Mortgage On Harper

I don't have any poll numbers or riding breakdowns, but my simple guy-on-the-street take is that the Liberals aren't going to win for a while.

My secret knowledge comes from my having previously watched "The Hustler", with Paul Newman and Jackie Gleason - in particular the scene where Fats beats Eddie badly at dawn, and tells Eddie that he's a loser because he talks and dresses and acts like a loser - so he'll always lose.

For years, anytime you'd talk politics, Conservatives would get all blustery and shrill and tell you what a commie you were, and cry out that no one understood them. Everything was just spin, the media was against them, boo hoo. And they just kept losing. Liberals would say, "Well, you know, that's interesting - but here's something you may not have considered."

Liberals were inclusive and avuncular, Conservatives were total jerks (speaking generally).

But now....it's the Conservatives who are kindly and avuncular and want to include you, and it's the Liberals who are shrill and angry and will tell you what a fascist you must be, that no one understands them. It's all just spin, and the media is against them. Boo hoo.

I'm all for getting rid of parties completely, but we seem stuck with them for the time being. And for the time being, the Liberals are Eddie Nelson and the Conservatives are Fats Minnesota.

4 Comments:

Blogger Chuckercanuck said...

I love it!

Tuesday, July 11, 2006 1:37:00 PM  
Blogger Jason Bo Green said...

Aw, yer sweet. I'm blushing.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006 9:05:00 PM  
Blogger Scout said...

'when i'm calling you hoo hoo hoo hoo hoo hoo'....yep, eddie nelson.

ah shit, i hate it when i can't see the original post!

i'm not for the party system either. waiting for some bold one to get elected and say, 'now that we're elected, here's COMPLETE reformation'. hmmmmm, i think it will take mass civil unrest , nuclear bombs, and all that shitty stuff to wake us up into that kind of thing.

yuck, how long do we have to go on voting strategically federally? i still think alfred e. numan would make the best pm of all.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006 11:22:00 PM  
Blogger gjstoryteller said...

Speaking about our party system, given that we now have the Communication's Age, why not go back to the original? Direct Democracy? To quote from a wonderful article on the subject,

"The second key difference is the level of participation. Our democracy is representative - we choose politicians to rule for us. Athenian democracy was direct and in-your-face. To make it as participatory as possible, most officials and all jurymen were selected by the lot. This was thought to be the democratic way, since election favoured the rich, famous and powerful over the ordinary citizen."

Everything old is new again? Now wouldn't that be a hoot! Everyone having a direct say on what our government is doing - all via the internet. And for those not on line? Public libraries.

This could be done!

To see the rest of the article, go here-

http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ancient/greeks/greekdemocracy_03.shtml

Sunday, July 16, 2006 2:38:00 PM  

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