By Letter to the Editor on July 27, 2020.
The difficulty with the UCP is they inhabit a two-dimensional world. Their world exists only with tax and money. The human element is missing, and they have difficulty including real people in their concepts of value.
Cosmologists have a similar problem describing additional dimensions to people stuck in the world of four dimensions; it is just too hard to fathom something beyond the normal fields of interest. One has to get into fuzzy areas like empathy, hunger and emotions like stress; never mind other functional adaptions like addiction. It becomes all too complicated. Just keep it simply about power (manipulating time and money).
Manipulation allows them to be playful with the language, as in adding Progressive to the old Conservative, and still believing it’s the same thing. Then, adding United to give the impression that something more exciting has been added. I am sure Mr. Lougheed would be rolling in his grave – at least rolling his eyes if he could. The Conservative is retained for the benefit of those who can’t seem to progress beyond the two dimensions.
The rest of us must try to be patient for the slow learners to catch up. It seems a waste of energy to try to expand the consciousness of the limited dimensionals. Their frustration results in name-calling and mudslinging; and they revert to tax saving and debt in their limited understanding. It is all very sad. Even on the national scale, the party is limited and unimaginative. What does it say about us Canadians that we cannot advance our awareness or interest beyond this two-colour system of government? What does it say about all the Americas who insist on only the two extremes of financial/political power options?