If you've yet to come across it on the Twitterverse, there is a semi-popular hashtag circulating among the various conservative politicos that talk about how bad life and the economy was under the various New Democratic Party regimes that have ruled parts of this country off and on since the 60s. #LifeWithNDP is a fairly petty and intellectually dishonest campaign started by two pundits to counteract the recent surge for the NDP in Alberta's provincial election, falling back on the one thing conservatives (and some liberals, of course) do best: fear-mongering about them evil socialists. Its gotten so bad that the NDP sent out an email to supporters crowing over it.
Now, don't get me wrong - I'm with you guys. As a general rule, I don't like NDP policies or records or even their underlying ideology. I can sit here all day long and talk about the failings of various Dippers from coast to coast, in fact I would find that to be a fun summer event to attend.
However, let's get something straight here: the Alberta NDP and Rachel Notley are not the second coming of the Bolsheviks and Lenin. In fact, its kind of a stretch to even call Notley "centre-left"; her party is its own creature, with policies that straddle the political spectrum and would make more than a few bobo NDPers from Toronto blush.
But you know what? That doesn't even matter. Notley could be the next Trotsky and #LifeWithNDP would still be missing the most salient point of this election: the Conservatives that have run the province for generations are tired, out of ideas, and need to go. #LifeWithNDP perfectly encapsulates this fact, having to fall back on old tricks and scary quotes about luggage as a graduation gift or other inane, irrelevant things.
When you have no legitimate criticisms, no way or will to defend your own record, all you can do is flail about, screaming about the reds in the vain hope voters will listen.
Its time for a change, and the people ending their 140 characters with #LifeWithNDP are quaking in their boots over it. They know full well that their own parties have failed to deliver promised goods, and afraid of the fact that voters are starting to look elsewhere. They are afraid that voters see something different and hopeful with the NDP - or, frankly, maybe they see something that promises a return to how the conservatives in this country used to be, rather than the power-hungry messes they are today.
Personally, I'm enjoying every minute of it. I may not agree with the NDP on policies, but I do agree it is time for change in Alberta. I even feel that kinship with the Wildrosers. Embrace the change, conservatives - let someone else have a hand at the till. Through that change, you'll better yourselves as well, and rather than grovelling about NDP governments from the 1990s in 2015, maybe you can get some legitimate grievances to complain about.