Have a coffee. Let’s talk.
I’m a Canadian and I don’t mean to be nosy, but we are your neighbours and couldn’t help but notice a bit of noise coming from over there for the last year or so. Now far be it from me to suggest whom you should or shouldn’t choose to lead your great nation since I don’t even know whom we should pick to run your attic but as your neighbour it behoves me to point a few things out that you may have missed.
First of all, your election happened almost a year ago. I understand that you are still angry so I will leave it at that for a minute.
Secondly, your election was awfully close and if we hear correctly from up here not too many of you have changed your minds about whom you would vote for yet. That means your next election which is now just over three years away can and will likely be just as close and could go either way.
Let’s suppose that while you are all yelling at each other one side or the other, (again not my business which side) were to quietly and sneakily manage to convince even just a few of your side to vote their way next election. Then you will have the candidate that you despise running your nation four years from now. If only one in twenty of a given side manages to convince one voter to swing the other way that will be your reality.
Thirdly the notion that a vote for one candidate or another is a complete and total endorsement of the said candidate is an idea that belongs in places like North Korea where the Great Leader is a God. It is far more likely that a majority of voters were plugging their noses as they voted and were very close to swinging the other way till you started calling each other every despicable name you could think of. Now, if you don’t want to be on the losing side next round you have to get them back. Don’t get me wrong you are not going to convince the people you are most angry with, but as long as you engage them in the argument, they have a platform that the people you might otherwise convince are seeing. They won’t even thank you for it! Yes, yes I completely understand they are incredibly infuriating, but if you don’t start campaigning for the votes that you can win now, your candidate of choice has to manage that three years from now. If that candidate has to wade into the current screaming match how good could they possibly do?
I am certain you want the best for your nation, and we certainly want the same, so please give your country this reasonable service of civilised discourse with the least repulsive political opponents you can find. Just ignore those extremists for a little while, and they will begin infighting so that your party can win the next election while they are still cannibalising each other. If you can’t see any chance of convincing people who only barely swung the other way in the last election, then you should perhaps consider the possibility that you are on the wrong side. The next election will likely go to the party that gets to work first so consider what is at stake.
All we wanna do is watch hockey and drink beer but gheeze with this day and night domestic disturbance you guys have down there, well we can’t hear the damn TV.