Connie wrote:Well, I guess it boils down to two questions.
And, can the groups with different policy interests work together long enough to accomplish anything of consequence?
If socons, gun owners, anti-enviroweenies and the like can't even put aside our differences well enough to coexist on the same political forum, I'm afraid we will be doomed to sit on the sidelines and watch each other be sold out for the sake of power.
There is a lot of brain power on this site. There are things we can do, but we have to have the political will to do it.
I'm unaware that there are any real differences. Most here were reformers or reluctant PCs because there was always an active element of populism and grass roots democracy at play in these organizations.
Regarless of your single issue axe grinding the common ground is this:
We all want Open accessable, responsible accountable leadership and an end to unstated unilateral political agendas in federal politics.
We all want an end to elitism and staism in our leaders.
We all want a return to constitutional federalism. populist policymaking and grass root democratic refom.
We all agree the concept that social justice, and a civil society stems government serving the people and not the reverse
We all agree the concept that the government which governs least governs best
We all want a system all government/public funtionaries and institutions and acts must be accountable to a constitution which clearly defines the limits of government and the rights of citizens
These are the concepts that brought the diverse single issue activists together in Reform then CA and now CPC....but CPC has been hijacked again by those with personal agendas that are not linear with the will of the membership.
We have been betrayed again by elites.
New party time?
Or time to rethink your political colors.
These issues are NOT about left and right, conservative or liberal ...they are about principle or corruption, freedom or state bondage, civil society or elitist treachery.
I think people should stop thinking in terms of being a good liberal or a good conservative and think more in terms of being a good and responsible citizen....and you can't be that when you form into little political tribes each lobbying the government or a party to use the coersive power of the state to suppress or damage people who think differnetly than you.
Government has become monolithic, intrisive and reponsive only to special interests....thei leviathan has to be put back into pandora's box before its statist power agendas and partisan factionalization tear this civil society apart and make the constitution a worthless piece of paper which they trespass upon routinely.
I'm willing to stand along side ANYONE who sees the real enemy and is willing to fight......and the real enemy of the Canadian people does not live in Caves in Afghanistan...it lives in posh surroundings in Ottawa and you do not elect it...you only elect its temporary symbolic boss every 4 years. Our enemy is system-entrenched unaccountable power which has an unstated agenda....and this common ground transcends all partisan lines.
Either you want to willingly surrender your freedom, individual and national socereignty and free will to autocratic oligarchs or you want to fight to remain free of the tendancy of ALL governments, institutions and unelected policy cabals to become corrupt and unresponsive.
There is your common ground.