Life on Mars
Back by somewhat popular demand. Well I do have one opinion of politics these days and that the federal Liberals will loose the next election. Not just because they elected Stephane Dion, they have clearly demonstrated to the country that they are still a party bankrupt of ideas or the will to take the party in a different direction. The Liberal Party is an Ouroboros, caught in a vicious of cycle of aimlessness and repetition. It is so focused in on itself it has hardly noticed the changes in the country it purports to want to rule... errr, serve. I believe that this leadership race shows just how far off the fingers of the Liberal Party are from the National pulse. Of course, I have stated before, I could never see myself voting for the Grits so my observations are strictly those of an outsider to that party.
Dion really just seems like an extension of the Chretien regime. I am not anti-Quebec by any means, but I am not sure that what the Liberals really needed to do was elect yet another Federalist Quebecois politician into the leadership position. Michael Ignatieff would have been a suicidal choice, no doubt about that in my mind. He is self-contradictory and his views on accepting "lesser evils" to combat terrorism are unacceptable. The "lesser evils are fine when confined to the world of "24" but are are far from what this country is about. I never thought he aquitted himself well in interviews and his attempts at clearing up his controversial statements on the war in Iraq and his postion on the "mission" to Afghanistan just showed him uselessly twisting and turning like a toothless snake caught firmly by the end of its tail.
I think Bob Rae might have been able to breathe new life iunto the moribund Grit machine, but he carries no insignificant amount of baggage with him. As an unpopular ex-NDP premier of Ontario he could have been seen as a huge liability. Still, Conservative James Moore and others of his party have taken to boasting about they helped to knock Rae out of the race. Apparently, they considered him to be the only real threat to them in the Liberal leadership race. Probably the truth as Rae would have been the only one to have a clear vision that depatred from the reign of Chretien, Martin and their croonies.
Many Canadians support an NDP type of agenda, (aspects of it at any rate) they just don't seem to like the idea of the NDP actually being the ones to push it through. The Liberals were successful because they always paid attention to trends in Candaian society, (rise of the Reform Party) what policies were popular with the people (Universal Health Care) and then adjusted their platforms accordingly.
The NDP were gaining support for their stand on health care so the Liberals co-opted it into their platform. Trudeau may have believed in universal health care himself, but many in his party did not and were historically adverse to it when it was being championed by the likes of Tommy Douglas and the CCF. It should be noted that the Liberals aren't adverse to hanging a sharp right when public sentiment seems to be veering the wa, as they did when they apparently co-opted much of the Reform Party's platform into the Red Book of 1993.
Who knows, that maybe the best way to drive the NDP's agenda through is for them to co-opt the Liberal Party? That the Conservatives to work hard to knock out Rae says to me that they understand fully how divided Canada is on a policy level - that an NDPer at the tiller of the Liberal ship might just be what it takes to stem the neo-conservative agenda of Stephen Harper and his hero's in the Fraser Institute. I just wonder if Jack Layton and his crew are astute enough to take note of this?
I picked up Bowie's Hunky Dory. At one point I didn't really like the album all that much with the obvious exception of its more popular songs. (Changes, Queen Bitch, Life on Mars) Of late, however, it has been on my mind as much of it was used for The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (an odd but beautifully meditative filmon mid-life crisis) and is the title of series that I am currently enjoying called, Life on Mars. It's a beautiful album that has, as a whole, taken some time to grow on me.
I also signed out a CD of the works of György Ligeti, whose works are widely known as the strange, creepy music used once Dave Bowman abandons ship in Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey. (and also The Shining and Eyes Wide Shut) He actually died on the 12th of June of this year. The Wikipedia write-up can tell you more about the man than I can, but his works are spectacular.