Why does the western world seem to be getting more and more conservative? I don’t seem to have any friends who are conservative, but apparently that is just because I don’t have that many friends.
Back home in Alberta (Canada), they just had their provincial election. Now, Alberta has always been extremely conservative, but this year it got even more conservative. A new, even further to the right party — the Wild Rose Party — was threatening to over take the already right winged Progressive Conservatives. And a lot of people who normally would have voted for a left wing party, now had to decide between voting with their hearts or voting strategically (i.e. in order to make sure the far right didn’t win over the not as far right). That’s how conservative my home province is.
And maybe because I used to live in the left neighbourhood of Old Strathcona (which, by no coincidence, is also the coolest neighbourhood in Alberta), I naively thought that two right wing parties would mean that they would steal votes from each other and it might be a good opportunity for a left wing party to finally grab a seat. But then I look at the Alberta Election Results map and see that, yes, the two right wing parties did split votes… but in most areas you could still combine all the left leaning parties votes and that still would not have been enough to win a seat (although, it is hard to say how many people ended up voting strategically).
I just don’t get it. Who are all these conservatives? And it’s not just Alberta. It’s everywhere. England is now run by conservatives. America, even with a Democrat as a president, still seems to be run by conservatives. And it’s not just politics, it’s our media and education too. Last night on The Colbert Report he was interviewing a guy who helps decide what goes into text books… and not only does he not believe in evolution, he point blank said that he believes the humans and dinosaurs co-existed.
Why the people we’d never hang out with are the ones we let make all the rules will never make sense to me. This Todd Snider song, on the hand, continues to ring painfully true.