Sunday, June 03, 2007

OXYMORON

With regard to Quebec politics, Adam Daifallah recently wrote:

"For months, I've been telling anyone who would listen that the ADQ is not an ideologically consistent conservative party."
Fine.

But I would challenge Daifallah to point to any moderately successful political party in a Western democracy that is ideologically consistent in any way. "Moderately successful" being defined as currently being in government, or having the reasonable expectation of being in government at some point in the near future.

As the current federal Conservatives have shown, and I believe as the recently defeated Congressional Republicans showed, the erosion of ideological consistency is directly proportional to a party's proximity to power.

I would further argue that political parties are much more susceptible to ideological inconsistency than individuals are; which is why we should vote for individuals and not parties.

Posted by Matthew @ 11:54 AM

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As the current federal Conservatives have shown, and I believe as the recently defeated Congressional Republicans showed, the erosion of ideological consistency is directly proportional to a party's proximity to power.

I agree. In the case of the Republicans, the more ideologically inconsistently they become, the further they get from power.

Posted by Blogger Adam Daifallah @ June 03, 2007 3:12 PM #
 
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