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Difficulty Being A Conservative

By John Christie

A few weeks ago, a fellow Maker of Waves declared how tough it was to be a Liberal in this country at this time. I would assert that it's equally difficult to be a Conservative. At the root of right-wing policy-making seems to be the theory that if you reward the rich and powerful, their success will somehow trickle down to the middle-masses, so that they too will enjoy relative prosperity. Nice idea. Except it doesn't work any more. Long since, greed has overtaken the higher echelons, and they, literally, keep the treats. If you want evidence, just visit your local, soon to be closed Sears store, where the staff, many long-term, have had pensions they paid into...STOLEN, while the higher-ups get bonuses for leading the outfit into bankruptcy. All of which leaves me angry..AND conflicted! The federal Conservative Party, a strange mix of four parts former Reform and one part Progressives, has nominated as leader one Andrew Sheer. And I rather like him, from what I've seen. Too bad I can't and won't vote for him. Because, in my gut, I believe the most important Conservative position platform, has gone the way of the do-do-bird. Given that, if YOU'RE toughing it out as a flag-waving Conservative in today's environment, you have my sympathies.


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