Sunday, April 12, 2009

A little deep thought...

An excerpt from Andrew Coyne's address to the Manning Centre's recent event appeared at the National Post's site yesterday. It was a fairly stiff rebuke to the crowd on the recent iteration of conservatism in Canada. Just wanted to highlight this part which I found to have some resonance:
"It's too easy to say that politics is just the art of the possible, and leave it at that. That allows others to define what is possible. A truer statement is: Politics is the art of enlarging the possible. Politics is not just a matter of giving people what they want, it's a matter of making them want what you want them to want. The great and successful politicians have been the ones who have been able to define the terms of debate, to make themselves the middle, to define what 'moderate' is."
Heard Coyne say that emphasized part on CBC one night recently as well. Coyne's critical commentary is not necessarily exclusively directed to the Conservative faithful that were on hand, although I think it's clear that his speech was largely an indictment of failed opportunity under Mr. Harper's watch. Coyne's larger point was about persuasion, advocacy and inspiration. At least, that's the way I took it. And applying those qualities to substantive meaningful measures. What we have not had a lot of in recent years and this is where there is an opening for a clever politician(s) and party.

P.S. More negative politics isn't going to do it for anyone...