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|I Am Skooter|
So here's us, on the raggedy edge.
Today, according to Wikipedia’s daily update, marks not one but two momentous political anniversaries.
The NDP was founded in Canada in 1961, and in 1972 “five men were arrested for burglarizing the offices of the Democratic National Committee in the Watergate Hotel.”
The founding of the NDP deserves to be celebrated - though they have never governed my country, they do fulfill a critical role in political discourse. With the direction the Liberal and Conservative parties are taking, the possibility of an NDP led minority shouldn’t be ruled out. This is highly unlikely, but the possiblity of another minority government with an even more prominent role for the NDP should not be discounted. They’ve nothing to lose and everything to gain.
The NDP is Canada’s political heart and conscience, and we’d be a poorer country without some of the ideas that have come from their founding fathers.
Now if only they could figure out that their intimate ties to unionized labour are what is, and will continue to, prevent them from forming government, we’d all be better off.
To Pierre Trudeau - the most left leaning leader this country has ever had, and the NDP’s greatest friend!
To some Watergate represents political scandal at its worst. To me, it’s much more.
At heart, Watergate represents a journalistic triumph. That the Deep Throat secret was kept for so long - rumour has it Woodward was still not talking in the hours after Mark Felt’s revelation was published - is an amazing tribute to respect for the unidentified source as a journalistic tool. In this day and age, this could not happen I suspect. The secret would have been leaked in an email too early, and this particular one was only kept so long because it started in a different era.
To celebrate this anniversary, I will likely down a pint of beer (or at least a beer like substance) at my local dive. There’s a more appropriate location for this, but I have no way of getting there right now.
And for those who know the geography, there’s a bridge that’s been christened the Felt Bridge; all it needs now is a sign.
To Watergate, and the paranoid presidency it helped to fell!