Tuesday, March 14, 2017

until we cut down their eternal tree---------------Then Nixon rose Tuesday to give a member’s statement, which turned into a free-verse fusion of the sewer rat and the maligned Wildrose voter. “If the senior at the A&W in Sundre is a sewer rat, “If the rig worker from Peace River is a sewer rat, “If the mom and dad in our cities . . . are sewer rats, “If the over two-thirds of Albertans who hate the carbon tax are sewer rats. “Then I’m proud to stand with them . . . “If that makes us sewer rats, according to the NDP, then so be it!”

for the PCs    we were riffraff
that were to be ignored
for the NDP    we're sewer rats
to be sneered at and deplored

but who pays the bills in Alberta?
its hardworking sewer rats
who put up with MLA entitlement
in our sturdy working hats


I guess the problems of citizens
don't matter to the one
who rules over Alberta as deputy premier
until the term is done

one day the sewer rats
will overrun the place
of the new oil monarchs
who we hired to replace

the old kings and queens
of bitumen      who considered  us to be
only of relevance at elections
until we cut down their eternal tree

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EFrpzPR6TLY&list=RDEFrpzPR6TLY#t=4

Rodney Crowell - "It Ain't Over Yet (feat. Rosanne Cash & John Paul White)" [Official Video]



Like
Comment

http://calgaryherald.com/news/politics/braid-hoffman-apologizes-but-wildrose-vows-to-stand-up-for-sewer-rats



Braid: Hoffman apologizes but Wildrose vows to stand up for sewer rats

DON BRAID, CALGARY HERALD

More from Don Braid, Calgary Herald

Published on: March 14, 2017 | Last Updated: March 14, 2017 6:56 PM MDT

0:00

/

0:00

NDP minister says Wildrose followers are "sewer rats."

SHAREADJUSTCOMMENTPRINT

Alberta has spent millions over the years to keep Alberta rat free. Deputy premier Sarah Hoffman doesn’t think it’s working.

On Monday, she accused Wildrose of “spending a lot of time with sewer rats.”

The uproar that followed — including her apology — likely guarantees that she’ll never utter those words again. It’s equally possible that Wildrose will never stop saying them.

After Hoffman issued her insult, the Opposition virtually adopted Alberta’s most despised creature as the official party animal.

You have to figure both sides have gone a little crazy.

Hoffman answered a question from Wildrose MLA Jason Nixon by saying: “We focused on hard hats. They’re spending a lot of time with sewer rats.”

Ouch. You could hear the intake of breath from the government benches. Hoffman later said the remark was off-the-cuff, but it seemed scripted. She doesn’t usually speak in rhyming couplets.

It was stupid and crass, precisely the kind of insult the NDP always accused conservatives of trading in.

Then Nixon rose Tuesday to give a member’s statement, which turned into a free-verse fusion of the sewer rat and the maligned Wildrose voter.

“If the senior at the A&W in Sundre is a sewer rat,

“If the rig worker from Peace River is a sewer rat,

“If the mom and dad in our cities . . . are sewer rats,

“If the over two-thirds of Albertans who hate the carbon tax are sewer rats.

“Then I’m proud to stand with them . . .

“If that makes us sewer rats, according to the NDP, then so be it!”

Nixon said “sewer rats” five times after Hoffman said it once, and made a lot of connections she never hinted at.

Her remark appeared to be aimed at people like the Wildrose on Campus types who put out an email, under an invented name, saying “Feminism is cancer.”

RELATED

But it wasn’t really clear who she was talking about, which gave the Wildrose its opening to say the slur was aimed at all its members, and conservatives in general.

Hoffman violated a prime rule of smart politics — insult your opponents if you like, but never insult the voters.

Remember Hillary Clinton’s reference to Donald Trump’s basket of deplorables? It may have annoyed enough fence-sitters to help her lose the U.S. election.

But while Hoffman was being clumsy and foolish, you really have to wonder about Wildrose suddenly rebranding itself as the party of the oppressed rat.

The Norway rat is so despised in Alberta that governments have kept it out for nearly 70 years. On the southeastern border with Saskatchewan, we have deployed rat rangers with poison and even shotguns.

The MD of Bonnyville, by bizarre coincidence, is right now asking people to come up with a name for a stuffed rat on display in the public works building. It’s there to educate people on keeping rats out, not as a political mascot.

So it’s odd — OK, just plain weird — to see the official Twitter account of the Wildrose caucus, (@TeamWildrose), say “retweet if you’re a proud Alberta #SewerRat.” It shows a meme of a rat that loves small government and balanced budgets.

Where are they going with this — a name change to Wildrat Party?

There’s deep-seated anger behind this episode. NDP ministers and MLAs, especially the women, have been subjected to corrosive abuse.

Remember Sandra Jansen’s first speech as a New Democrat last November? She became a national story when she didn’t just say that people were being abusive. She read out what they actually said.

“What a traitorous bitch . . .

“A disgrace to Alberta . . . dead meat . . . fly with the crows and get shot.”

The New Democrats genuinely believe the Wildrose aid and abet this sort of hatred. There have been moments — especially during the Bill 6 revolt in the countryside — when that was close to the truth.

But today, the irony is that when conservative leaders such as Brian Jean condemn hateful speech, as he did immediately after the “feminism is cancer” comment, they draw abuse from people who call them sellouts to political correctness, and scorn from New Democrats who don’t believe a word they say.

Maybe it’s just as well that Alberta’s sewer-rat episode descended into farce. Sometimes, laughing is healthier.

Don Braid’s column appears regularly in the Herald

dbraid@postmedia.com

Twitter/DonBraid


No comments:

Post a Comment