Friday, January 20, 2006

Erection 2006:
The Zen Sight Of
One Hand Clapping

Here I am, looking for a job, enduring pogey, recovering from a nice long talk with Sis, and the wheels of campaign agitprop keep grinding and grinding, blah blah blah blah blah.

It's enough to make a mild-mannered proletarian go postal at the sight of Liberal Zen Disinformation Spots that permeate Canuck airwaves.

The words come out like fractured grade-school haiku, underlying the evil that is Stephen Harper. Since the Fibbing Libs couldn't find anything bad to say about Steve-O's policies, they decided to go after his personality - or at least a reasonable facsimile thereof, since he's too darn nice to be viewed as a quasi-clerico-fascist demagogue.

But to appreciate the essence of Canadian electoral agitprop, one should be able to witness it. Aside from the Grit-ty attack haikus (those ending with the "Choose your Canada" mantra), the Tories take a good swift kick at the shortcomings made by Paulyanna's party, while the NDP use a bit of humour to make their point. The Blokes That Want To Break Up The Country have their own ads that hide the fact that their raison d'ĂȘtre is to break up the country. Heureusement, the ROC is spared the saccharine treatment. Malheureusement, the QuĂ©becois are led to think that the Blokes are an offshoot of Jack-O's Not-so-new Democratic Party, who somewhat share these very same values without the potetential for high treason.

Interestingly, of the 4 established "Federal" parties (yes, the Blokes are a "Federal" entity: that's the price of having a pluralistic democracy, eh?), only 2 - the Grits and the NDP - offer ads in languages other than English and French. Yet the message is the same: vote for us and your lives will be better. The recent Grit ad showed Paulyanna stating that even though they had been found liable for AdScam and other scandals, the Liberals are still Canada's Party. Sadly, because of all the shortcomings, mudslinging and botched opportunities, Paulyanna has wound up dealing with more more work and damage control than what he had before the campaign! Which is why the oucome may have more of a Blue-Orange tint rather than a Reddish hue. Until then, the slaggings, innuendoes and finger-pointings will continue on Canada's airwaves.

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