US Elections in the last stride

The latest accusation against Obama is that he is a “redistributor of wealth,” something that would perhaps not raise many eyebrows here in Canada.

Rick Mercer interviewed former Prime Minister Paul Martin last night. Rick asked if his father had been a great influence on him. Paul Martin said yes, and that his father’s core belief rested on an understanding of government as a force of good in society. It all comes down to individual freedom. How do you achieve that if you were not born in a family of privilege? So the government’s responsibility is to guarantee that every person has the chance to achieve that same freedom independently of his background. So the government is there to provide the things we cannot provide for ourselves without a great deal of wealth – health, education, public security. How that goes against anybody’s freedom is beyond me.

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Dion

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By announcing his departure, Dion signalled the end of a noble experiment in Canadian politics where a principled politician could concentrate on ideas and policies, rather than imagery and advertising. But his formidable intellectual credentials, his political coourage during the national unity debates, and his impressive commitment to saving the environment and fighting poverty failed to impress voters.

Toronto Star editorial, 21/10/08