I had a long conversation with the local Conservative Party candidate for my riding, this morning. I’m kind of disappointed. I’m really not sure who will get my support, if anyone, in this riding.
I’d certainly like to see the Liberals gone. But, there’s a bit of a conundrum locally. As much as I think the Liberal M.P.’s executive assistant is sometimes a bit illogical, I get the idea that Murray Calder himself is someone who would like to see more fiscal responsibility. To give him some credit, he was an opponent of the Gun Registry, and in some of his official replies to letters I’ve received from him, he’s seemed like someone who shares classical liberal ideas in many ways.
But, that’s not really enough. So, David Tilson is the Conservative candidate. And philosophically, I don’t think there’s a huge difference between him and the Liberal party in general. He even described himself to me as a “red tory.” So, what’s the point?
It seems to me that if we elect Tilson, all we’re doing, at least locally anyhow, is remove one partial socialist for another partial socialist.
It’s kind of depressing actually. Sure, Tilson said all the right things, like “less Government is better,” “the adscam scandal shows a disrespect for taxpayers…” and so on. He supports ditching the Gun Registry in lieu of tougher laws and sentencing.
But I think he misses the point. On Health Care, it’s the same old same old. Our health care problems are all the fault of the Liberal Government and their financing levels, according to Tilson. He suggested we come up with different ideas on how to administer Health Care, such as limiting free check ups to every two years, doctor sharing which would mean you’d never really have a single doctor looking after you; instead, you’d just get whoever was available.
He didn’t seem to understand that the root cause of the problem is Government intervention in the first place. He didn’t seem willing to even consider a two tier system of any sort. And his comments about ‘Government Funding’ again are typical of all politicians.
Here’s an idea: Instead of talking about Goverment funding, let’s talk about tax payer funding. Next time someone says, “The Government should pay for this,” switch it around. Say something like, “which tax payers do you want take the money from so you can have this program?”
They just don’t seem to get it. Regardless of whether or not the feds are transferring funds – the funds still come from the same source, and that’s working folks paying their taxes.
Tilson also made a crazy, sweeping generalization about libertarians, to the effect, “they don’t want any kind of government and that would be anarchy.”
Well… that’s not totally true. And even if it were true, that kind of statement comes from a very uneducated premise about human beings. It says, “human beings cannot solve their problems without having regulation.” It comes from a mythical belief that the only thing stopping us all from running rampant through the streets, murdering each other, robbing each other, and creating total mayhem, is law.
And I don’t buy that. But that’s besides the point. Tilson, philosophically, doesn’t seem that much different than a whole lot of Liberal MP’s.
And that’s depressing that the only vote our riding constituents have really is between a Blue Liberal and a Red Tory.