Ads: The view from afar
Janalee Cherneski is a Rhodes scholar, a Canadian studying at Oxford, who is taking the Conservative ads against Ignatieff a little personally. She's posted an essay here, at The Mark, a neat new website featuring essays by smart young (and some older) folks.
Her last three paragraphs should be put on a billboard, in my view:
Why, then, are our current leaders launching advertising campaigns to attack each other? Why would we even think about spending money to attack one of our citizens instead of to provide tools for the people of our country to learn and to communicate with each other?
We need people who can cooperate across their differences. We must empower leaders who foster community rather than conflict:, leaders who succeed for society through a politics of unity rather than succeed for themselves through a politics of division.
I am worried, Canada. I am partly worried for myself: when I come back to serve you with the knowledge and experience I have gained from afar, will you call me opportunistic and turn on me too? But I worry more for you: once you start rejecting the skills and knowledge of your own citizens where will that leave you, O[h] Canada?