Friday, September 07, 2012

The key to renewed Liberal Party power: The Untouched Constituency

Just started reading Fear and Loathing: On the Campaign Trail ’72, by Hunter S. Thompson, and came across this passage early on:

There are only two ways to make it in big-time politics today: One is to come on like a mean dinosaur, with a high-powered machine that scares the shit out of your entrenched opposition (like Daley or Nixon) … and the other is to tap the massive, frustrated energies of the mainly young, disillusioned electorate that has long since abandoned the idea that we all have a duty to vote. This is like being told you have a duty to buy a new car, but you have to choose immediately between a Ford and a Chevy.


Hunter S. calls this group the ‘untouched constituency’.

In Canada we have about 40% of the electorate who don’t vote in federal elections.

That’s an untouched constituency of 4  in 10 voters.

With Harper’s new Tories barely able to scratch together 40% of the 60% voting segment, that leaves a lot of room for the Liberal Party to target the vast untouched constituency.

If we can inspire 2 in 10 of these non-voters to drag themselves to the polling booths in 2014 or 2015 to vote, by giving them something inspiring to vote for, then Harper will be able to retire come the next election.

5 comments :

  1. But LPC has to inspire like years past... this is not there. You need your platform like 'red book'. You need to demonstrate that you will reverse the abominations the 'Harper Gov' is doing. As an LPC member, there is no inspiration. Obama/Clinton inspired me.... who has that in LPC? You have to find this person and bring integrity back to the platform; and mean what you say, and say what you mean. I believe our Democracy is on the line!

    Kayvee1000

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  2. Anon, become a Supporter or Member of the Liberal Party and cast a vote for the candidate for leadership who gives you the best reasons for joining the party... and tell all your friends to do the same.

    That way you can become part of the solution ...

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    1. I am a member... that's my concern. However, the only one I am hearing from speaking for Canadians, and who is actively recognizing, vocalizing, corresponding her concerns to the point of calling the RCMP actions of ordering the PSAC plane down those of a "Police State" and asking/telling Canadians to "Speak up" is Elizabeth May. She is inspiring!

      There is a gaping hole in the LPC not having a leader, which is damaging this party even more. The LPC needs a front-lead runner with the same passion espoused by Clinton at the DNC to fix the severity of this #cpc abomination of a gov. I'm not only willing to become part of the solution, I am already very active on SM trying to vocalize the erosion of Canada's democracy enduring a slow death... but LPC has to take a much more active, and inspiring role in both MSM and SM. We... I need to know who is actually throwing in their hats for the LPC leadership role. That person, in order to reach and 'speak' to someone like myself has to have the passion, charisma, intelligence, integrity, a "documented platform", and most of all the ability to tear the CPC apart with accuracy, accountability and tenaciousness. That person needs to be able to inspire and communicate to Canadians what is happening in this Country under this horrid government. I do not see this in Mulcair, but I see it with Ms. May, yet she is a party of one. I want a Clinton... who is that in LPC?? Justin...?? I don't know... again GAPING Hole! :)


      Kayvee1000

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  3. so to find out who these non-voters are
    we are probably going to have to hack the conservative voter records
    which probably means
    they are already on this .....damn
    that 40% are pretty set in their ways actually
    the ones i encounter anyways
    "show me a government in the last 50 years of any color that isn't self serving and corrupt?"
    "why should i validate any of them?"
    "get me a system where my vote counts and i will."
    i still think the lib/ndp confliction will ensure another harper "majority"
    it will be a electoral/robocall/rigged cockup but it will happen.
    ohhhhhhhhhhhh the humanity!!!
    mike

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  4. Anon 4:31 - I think you hit it on the head. Many who do not vote give as a reason the fact that they do not believe that their vote counts for anything.

    But if the Liberal Party offered such voters the chance to vote for a party that promised if in power or a position to influence government policy (such as a coalition), the party would change the system of electing MPs so that ALL votes counted (through a modified proportional representation method), this could persuade millions of non-voters to vote ...

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