Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Twinkienstein is alive

Twinkienstein is alive

Monday, June 24, 2013

To know how to win one must experience loss

On this bright hot and sunny Saint John the Baptist Day, I find it kind of cool how being somewhat independent from the internal process of governance that allows me to speak with lots of individual of different ideological stripes, both off the record and outside the box. Just in this month alone, I have conversed online via instant messaging and electronic mailing with staffers of diverse pay grade levels from the Harper Tory, Marois Péquiste and Wynne Liberal governments, one thing each talk had in common was this feeling of an ending of their era in government and how one can put a fast break on their path to eventual oblivion. From my time playing in athletics and working in politics, I know of two ways to go about this, finding the success you want and continuing forward well into the future, but you must tread carefully with how you walk the road to progress.

One is to stay within the bubble, stay being positive and ignore, the other is to bring others from outside inside, focus on the negative and fix, however one may only pick either of the solutions and not both.

By moving on with the job at hand, you can simply ignore the haters who continue to hate no matter what you do, staying positive about your agenda while reminding yourself why you stay doing its bidding will energize your push forward by itself. Yet allowing someone at an arms length away from the agenda, who may be able to focus in on the negative facades of the main design, may in fact help to fix the problems with a machine not yet broken. Something which I believe may also be a tactical advantage the Harper Tory workers have over those from the Marois Péquiste and Wynne Liberal camps, despite the optics as they are today, is that in order to know how to win one must experience loss.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Roman spring turned discontented summer of Stephen Harper

Facing the end of another parliamentary session on the Hill, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper now limps back home to Calgary to lick his wounds, readying himself for a policy backlash from his party convention and a cabinet shuffle from his national government. Continuing his incremental conservative plan of embracing Tory pragmatism and leaving Reform principles, Harper moves forward with his sole political ideology of governing power, keeping his narrow power base as happy as he can while maintaining his broad governing base as long as he can. On the other side of the same equation, he must also continue forcing down his continued opposition base so to keep it shut up, out and off as much as possible, using as little political capital as possible which can not be easy with a Mulcair New Democratic opposition and Trudeau Grit third party lying in wait.

What can one expect from any delegate advised changes to Harper and the gameplan he and his federal Tory government have been running from Ottawa, after the convention in Calgary late next week, the educated guess is likely nothing as the dynamics go against such a fresh start and play to the same old status quo.

Conservatives know better, they know they can not call for his leadership, as there is no one else to take the helm of the good ship Tory, as it sinks further into the partisan seas with every political scandal torpedo hit it takes. They also know now that one can not change the direction of this political vehicle, as it already has predetermined its fate by the speed decided via its momentum from the past half a decade of decisions made, where it went figures to where it will be going. Where a Roman spring could have evolved from admitting past wrongs, instead now create a discontented summer of arrogance, in dictating a top down Tory script on governing from Ottawa in the exact manner which he and his blue crew had campaigned against to all those Reformers out from the bottom up.