The May 2013 B.C. election is presented by the B.C. media as a foregone conclusion, anointing a socialist government.
The media feeding frenzy is largely due to the clever strategy of the media-savvy socialists presenting every issue through an emotional filter, always emphasizing or focusing on the negative.
It has been said that 90 per cent of our decisions are emotionally based. It's like shooting fish in a barrel to have our opponents focus on the emotional, rather than the rational, when it comes to choices.
Nobody can be as perfect as the media currently portrays us. Even by "mistake," we Liberals must be doing something right.
The media, however, do not give us the benefit of the slightest doubt on that score.
Our only chance of forestalling this avalanche of distorted and emotionally filtered media coverage is to present the true facts and let the truth liberate us from the emotion-laden lies that the media so skillfully peddle now.
However, the popularity hounding "me too" media is too reluctant to purvey facts for what they are, unless there are massive amounts of funds inducing the media to present facts as facts and not an emotional derivative of facts - a filtered fact is no longer a fact, but fiction.
One day I complained to my wife about the foregoing. She, being my better half, saw it as an opportunity to start small and inform members of the executive of the obstacles we face in overcoming the media's efforts to paint our opponents as heroes while we are relegated to the role of villains.
Our starting point should be the definition of difference between the socialist fiction and the economic facts.
In the socialist utopia, there will be economic equality - the government will mandate it!
The constitution of the United States is built on the assumption that all men/women are created equal - the cornerstone of all democratically elected governments.
Having said that, we must acknowledge that we are not all blessed with the same talents, or even the same extent of those talents.
If we thus look at abilities only, we already find inequalities.
If we further look at the efforts one is able or willing to exert in applying those talents, we are now really talking about compound inequalities.
How can a government - any government, short of dictatorship (and not even then) - guarantee economic equality in the population? The socialist promise of economic equality is a utopian fiction aimed at polarizing the population, making it susceptible to the "doctrine of envy," i.e. Marxist propaganda.
Embarking on the slippery slope of socialist utopia will inevitably lead to the logical conclusion of disappointment. One cannot legislate economic equality in a diverse and disparate world.
Remember that the government of communist leader Vladimir Lenin took over from a socialist government in Russia. So did Adolf Hitler's far-right Nazis in Germany, as did Benito Mussolini in Italy.
When I mentioned the foregoing to a former socialist, I was told emphatically, "Oh, but those were different socialist societies."
The struggle to separate emotion-laden fiction from facts is an uphill one, and it will take more time and effort to supplant wellestablished fiction with cold, hard facts.
Peter Bandi, Ruskin