Angelo Persichilli's column today reflects how uninterested he is in constructive ideas for the Party. His band-aid solution? Get rid of the current leadership and people in the Liberal backrooms, and everything will be A-OK. We'll start over, begin anew, and everything will be great. That's how this stuff works, right?
Well, I don't have to tell anyone that no, it isn't. Persichilli at least admits that right now, there is no person waiting in the wings that could manage such a renewal. But the man also lacks a certain respect for the attempts made by everyone in this party to try and do exactly what he's said, if not by his own recommendations. It's saddening to note that this man is what passes for "smart editorials" these days, given his track record of bullying, inaccuracies, and general wrongness.
But, anyways, my lack of respect for Persichilli isn't the point here. I haven't been in this party long, I'll admit, but I've seen enough in the past two years to note that the members of the Liberals' grassroots and the organization's leadership can't be knocked around for a lack of trying. That's not necessarily much, but the party hasn't been sitting on its ass, more than I can say for Persichilli. Whether its been through riding initiatives, or the Canada 150 conferences, or Iggy's summer tours, we are doing our best to get our act together. We have an energized base that, yes, isn't exactly thrilled with the leadership, but is willing to sacrifice their time, money, and energy to the Party's cause. And we've seen results. We've seen improvements. We've even seen unity, something that Persichilli brings up constantly as the source of the party's decline. I would dare venture that it is defeatist attitudes like Persichilli's and others that have contributed just as much, especially since 2006, to our issues.
This isn't to paint a pretty picture over our problems - we do have them. I remember that LPCO convention in Windsor that shocked me to no end with its disorganization and the disinterest by some of the executives. There's a problem and we need to fix it, I don't doubt this. But "wiping the slate clean" will not solve them. These are entrenched issues within the party, borne out of divisions that go as far back as the Trudeau-Turner feuds. They're not only squabbling personalities but fundamentally different philosophical schisms in the party that can't simply be washed over. The Afghanistan issue has demonstrated this clearly enough. No matter who you put in there, divisions will come. It's just the nature of any party.
But I'll tell you this, stoking these divisions, as Mr. Persichilli does, is not the way to do things. We used to be a party that closed ranks behind our leadership, suffered and worked through our differences for the betterment of the party and our country. That's how we won in the past, through our collective efforts and our unity. But it seems, doing something that like again, even promoting it, doesn't help Mr. Persichilli's narratives of doom and gloom for the Liberals.
I for one will work to improve our Party in any manner possible, support our leadership, even when I disagree with what they're doing sometimes. After all, I'm not much use if I sit and complain from the outside, being negative all the time, am I? If Persichilli actually cares what happens to the Liberal Party, maybe he'd do well to learn the same lesson.