I wouldn't ride in a car with a driver who was too stupid to know when to use the brakes. Would you? Yet that's a pretty fair metaphor for the people who are leading our federal parties today.
One of the things we expect our political leaders to do is to steer us away from trouble. They can't keep us safe, not always, but they've got to try. The fact is, they don't always try and usually when they're not trying it's because they're putting their personal interests and aspirations ahead of their obligations to us. When that happens, democracy is dealt a pretty heavy blow. When it happens often enough, democracy is out for the count. And there's another fair metaphor for the state of Canada's federal politics in 2013.
Sideshow Steve Harper and his Liberal alter-ego, Martha Hall-Findlay, along with the self-gelded Tommy-boy Mulcair and Justin Trudeau - they're all avowed supporters of our petro-economy. I expect they've read about the Carbon Bubble. My guess is that they're aware of the "petroleum trap." Some of them might even be just a little anxious about this emerging notion of "stranded assets." But what are they doing about it? Nothing. They're pretending none of it exists.
They're not steering us and our economy away from trouble. They're not trying to keep us safe. And they're not acting because that doesn't suit their personal political aspirations. They won't stand up for the country and for our people out of fear that might cost them their shot at power. They've got nothing to offer you or your kids so why would you support any of them?