Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Blog on WS

Jason Kenney, member of Parliament, gave a nice speech last Thursday. I thought I'd blog about it on the Shotgun. You have to wonder to what extent what you say is more important than what you do. And what role perception has to play in all of it.

Kenney makes the point that, while the Liberal Party has a few skeletons in its closet when it comes to treating people humanely, the Conservatives do not. In fact, the Tories have put in place a number of bills and reforms that seem aimed at being more 'liberal' (in terms of civil/political liberties).

Even so, the Liberals are seen as moderate, tolerant, and progressive while the Tories are seen as backwards and bigoted. Of course, some Tories say bigoted things, but who cares what they say? If it isn't reflective of their policies, then what difference does it make if they think the moon is made of green cheese or not?

I suppose part of the answer has to do with the fact that we vote on the basis of personality. We want the guy who runs our ship to not only know how to do it, but to be a nice guy besides. And since we think we're electing the guy who will steer some ship (which people, generally, are not since political types have handlers and advisors) it will make a difference to us whether or not he likes kittens and dislikes snakes and reptiles.

Anyways, have a look at the blog, read Kenney's (short) comments, and then post a comment yourself over there, if you'd like.