I believe there are times the simpliest word pictures can be used to explain complex situations and theories. Consider this present election. I believe that all the differences of the parties can be articulated best through the use of the 'lightbulb' joke. You know it and if you don't this is what it is 'how many_________ does it take to change a lightbulb?'
I've used it in the past and I think the 2008 election.
Let's try it
How many Conservatives does it take to change a lightbulb?
One and that one is Stephen Harper. He can give this country the type of leadership and lightbulb changing ability this country needs in the face of changing economic times.
How many Liberals does it take to change a lightbulb?
Three. One to climb and ladder and change the bulb (Stéphane Dion) and two to hold the ladder (Bob Rae and Michael Ignatieff). They will hold that ladder and make sure nothing with happen to Stéphane. But just in case the ladder should tip over and he fall and is not able to change the bulb, either one of them are willing to climb that ladder to change that lightbulb. It would be a real shame if that ladder tipped over, wouldn't it?
How many NDP'ers does it take to change a lightbulb?
A team led by Jack Layton. This will be leadership and teamwork that will make sure the average Canadian has a well-let house. He'll leave the boardrooms in darkness and make sure the living rooms are lit up. He's the type of leader that will make sure Canadians are kept in the light.
How many Bloc Québécois does it take to change a lightbulb?
None. Like they care if Canada is in the dark. They want to leave.
How many Greens does it take to change a lightbulb?
Hopefully 12. That way they will have official party status. Plus they will install energy efficient, low carbon emitting CFL Light Bulbs.
Every thing clear now?
Good get out to vote on October 14th.