Rabble's politics of dividing the left
Rabble.ca 's politics dividing the left.
I was introduced to rabble in January by a friend.I loved reading the blogs and arcticles and I love the 'Not Rex Murphy' commentaries.
I became politically aware in high school in the 1980's at the beginning of the conservative revolution lead by then U.S. president Ronald Reagen and and British P.M. Margaret Thatcher.
I was awakened by the new breed of conservatism which practiced a neo-fascism bent on killing the left wing progressive revolution that flourished in the 60's with the civil rights movement and the 'counterculture' which gave wave to the pacifist movement of peace and love.
That generation preached free love and believed that a new substance(that was used extensively by various government departments over a decade before it hit the streets)LSD would change the world.
Sadly,after the Americans finally left Vietnam,the revolution was over,people gave up their protests to concentrate on themselves and the 'Me' generation was born.
In Canada,the 60's gave birth to sexual freedom as the sodomy laws were scrapped and the birth of health care.Canada became a 'hip' country that was progressive and tolerant which we could easily be perceived as such seeing who our neighbours to the south are.
As a teenager,I met a group of people who were very much into 'direct action' and they warned that the conservative revolution was like a cancer that would inevitably spread throughout the Western world and that included tolerant Canada.
We all saw what happened to the Mulroney government when he decided to lock step with Reagen and Thatcher..He sold this country up the river and Canadians,historically intelligent,responded and the Conservative government was decimated to all of 2 seats in Parliament.This was unprecedented and it made me proud to be a Canadian.
Flash forward to the end of the 90's..Canada was being forced to be more progressive as the Supreme Court was making case after case rendering much of old laws that had not been amended in generations were blatantly against the Charter of Rights.
At this point in time,Canada had already abolished the death penalty,sodomy laws,took no legal action against same sex marriage,legalized abortion and unofficially decriminalized marijuana.
And this coincided with a new party being formed in backwards Alberta conveniently called CRAP bringing the names of Preston Manning,Stockwell Day and some kid named Stephen Harper into the spotlight.
For years the CRAP party and the Progressive Conservatives quabbled and out of that there was a campaign called 'Unite the Right' that started.
When virtually all the old stock PC members evaporated from the party,a guy named Peter MacKay became their leader by default.But it didn't take very long for MacKay to decide to 'unite the Right' as the PC's and the newly renamed Reform Party merged.
Clearly the Reform Party had more power than the beatened and battered Progressive Conservative Party and during a leadership race,Peter MacKay gave up the reigns to Stephen Harper.
Canadians should have recognized that this new Conservative party (who did the one and only honest thing and dropped the Progressive monicker from their brand),was not the PC party.Members from the Progressive Conservatives and one from the Reform Party crossed the floor to join the Liberals...NOT because they are liberal per se,but because they were more progressive than this new animal that was created.
The Reform Party has been our government since 2006 which is an extraordinary feat considering that they are,in reality,a fringe party no different from the old Rhino Party or Doug Hennig's old party(I forget the name)
How did they do this?...Simple,they united the right...They didn't shut out anyone who was on their side.They brought conservatives of all stripes together..From the far right,to the right of centre..The Red Tories all defected because the only red this new conservative party can see is the mounting debt they're compiling.
Which brings me back to Rabble...Here is a forum that can be used to UNITE THE LEFT..Unfortunately,your politics divide the left.
I've read TONS of comments from those who are serious and have something intelligent to say,to professional trolls who look to start fights or disagree just for the sake of dis agreeing.
Thanks to rabble,I've been called a sexist,a conservative and a troll...I have been banned TWICE...Once for using the word 'douche bag' and using the word 'hot' in a story related to a hot woman.For those 2 words I was called a 'sexist'
When I took offense to that,one other moderator who fancies himself a comedian says--'I'm banning you for saying you're the King Of Spain'...HA..HA..ha
Then some other infinitely wise punter decides to call me a CONSERVATIVE..I may be alot of things but I am NOT a sexist and NOT a conservative of any stripe.
And now,I got BANNED AGAIN..Because some ASSHOLE called me a troll.
So good luck to you all...I enjoyed this forum but now I'M DONE...Keep on dividing the left and maybe Harper can be PM for life.