Friday, August 25, 2006

Dear prog-o-sphere: don't get so cocky.

And while those of us progressives can make fun of the current ideological purity test within the Conservative Party of Canada:

The former riding president for Conservative MP Rob Anders has been disqualified in his bid to challenge the controversial politician for the Calgary West nomination.

that sort of sleazy nonsense is definitely not limited to those on the Right:

A Democratic Party committee has disqualified an openly gay candidate for the Alabama Legislature and the woman she defeated in the primary runoff.

Committee members ruled tonight that both women violated a party rule that party officials say no other candidate has obeyed since 1988.

The committee voted 5-0 to disqualify Patricia Todd and Gaynell Hendricks. Todd was attempting to become the the state's first openly gay legislator.

Stones and glass houses and all that, know what I mean?


aweb said...

Hey, both American parties are clearly right wing, if you compare them to contemporary Canadian standards.

In no way should any progressive Canadian political blogger have to hold back on commenting on the Conservatives because of something that the Democrats did. Apples are not Oranges, and Canadian politics are not American politics.

Hell, I argue they shouldn't even have to explain anything the Liberal party does until they get their shit together and come up with, I don't know, an opposition, a leader, policy position, and a clue. But I could at least see your point in that case.

My point: Democrats do not represent "the left", in any recognizable way. Less extreme right does not a leftist make.

CC said...

I agree entirely. I don't consider the current Democratic Party (with a few individual exceptions) part of the Progressive Left, any more than I consider the Canadian Liberal Party (again, with a few possible exceptions) part of that same Progressive Left.

A pox on all their fucking houses, as far as I'm concerned.

Ti-Guy said...

I don't follow Democratic poltics at all. That party seems to be even less than the Liberal Party at its worse. In the last five years, Democrats have been completely unable to counter the rightwingers and I have no idea why. Maybe because they really did buy the "with us or against us" nonsense?

Sometimes it's good to come from a country that's not all that united. Even just suggesting "with us or against" would provoke gales of laughter.