33 Vulnerable Tory Targets
Dispersed, disorganized, and focused on mixed concerns, veterans make a weak political demographic. Due to the variety of challenges veterans face, and unlike the general public, are rarely politically apathetic. The primary strength of veterans is a willingness to vote. Most veterans that I have spoken to ensure they vote in federal and other elections but veterans cannot be labeled as politically powerful – unless we take advantage of the politically weak.
The current government has taken advantage of the fractured and disjointed nature of veterans. With the exceptions of the SISIP and EQUITAS sponsored lawsuits the government has been very effective in blunting veteran concerns. Using paid media spots and “Stakeholder” consultations to validate their choices, the government of the day has been successful at frustrating veteran efforts to bring about meaningful change. The Tory majority government has steamrolled over veteran concerns.
The shoe is now on the other foot. The Hill Times has provided a list of 33 vulnerable Tory targets who won their riding by less than 10%. The Tory majority is vulnerable and veterans need to take advantage of this opportunity.
Veterans do have powerful allies. Matthew Good is concerned with suicides and PTSD. Rick Mercer is unrelenting in his criticism of how veterans are “kicked to the curb”. There are other high profile persons that support us. Contact them and ask them to step forward and publicly chastise the government for their failures.
Our weakness of being geographically dispersed is a hidden strength: we can have our voices heard across the country – especially in the ridings of the vulnerable 33. Active veterans can contribute to the political “death by a thousand cuts” of the Tory politicians. Simply put, inform the public of the variety of challenges that veterans face. Individual veterans can (and should) make their voices heard in the both the traditional and non-traditional media throughout 2014.
Below, arranged alphabetically by last name, is a list of the 33 vulnerable. Speak publically and make an appearance on radio or TV. If you have a face made for radio and a voice designed for duck calls I suggest blogging, editorials, letter writing or “information pickets” outside the MPs office.
2014 is the time for individuals to put pressure on these 33 vulnerable Tories.
“We do not believe any group of men adequate enough or wise enough to operate without scrutiny or without criticism. We know that the only way to avoid error is to detect it, that the only way to detect it is to be free to enquire. We know that the wages of secrecy are corruption. We know that in secrecy error, undetected, will flourish and subvert.” ~ Julius Robert Oppenheimer
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