I'm often exhorted to be quiet for the good of the party and no I do not support either of the Liberals or the Conservatives but the New Democrats some even going so far as accusing me of aiding the enemy.
You see I don't like much of this new "pragmatism" I see from the NDP especially as I see it federally and provincially in Ontario. I am told that this is the only way the party can win the government and that folks like me only harm the cause by clinging to the old discredited past.
Today it was my posting of Sudbury Steve's post on the subject of the NDP's tepid, lets wait and see approach to the CETA. Oh I'm told we must wait for the text to be released so we have the facts to oppose the Conservatives with.
This of course ignores the reality that we already know much of what is in the CETA and the enormous amount of evidence regarding the ruinous effects it's siblings such as NAFTA have had on society. Besides we will not see the text until after it has been signed nor will parliament for that matter. It will only come before them for ratification and with the Conservatives and the Liberals fully on board, well that won't end up well for us.
It goes much further than the CETA there are many issues where criticism is responded to in the same manner. Now don't get me wrong there is still much to support in the NDP platform, certainly much more than any of the other parties. I simply feel this new pragmatism is the wrong way to go.
Today, more than in most other times in our history the time is ripe for the NDP's traditional policies. People are waking up to the lie we have been sold by the neo-liberals, they are ready for an alternative, one I see only the NDP capable of delivering.
I also see in Mulcair a capable and intelligent leader even if I disagree with the direction he and Layton before him have taken the party. Yes I am aware of the success the party enjoyed in the last election but have to ask how much of that was based on policy or on Quebecers disillusioned with the Bloc seeing no other alternative, my guess would be healthy doses of both.
In the party's quest to open the front door to more people as it must, they need to be mindful not to push folks like me out the back one. While I fervently hope the NDP forms the next government federally and provincially I hope we don't lose ourselves in the process.