Saturday, August 29, 2009
Stephen Harper and the Dark Side
Thomas Walkom takes a long hard look at Stephen Harper and doesn't like what he sees.
There is an absolutist side to the prime minister that he rarely expresses publicly any more but that comes out in some of his earlier writings, such as a 2003 essay in which he inveighed against the moral "nihilism" of liberals, warned that the modern left hated Western civilization and called for a foreign policy infused by "moral insights on right and wrong."
In such a worldview, the idea of treating equally those who share the same formal status (such as Canadian citizenship) is the worst kind of moral equivalency. For to do so ignores the fundamental distinction between us and them; between the virtuous and those against whom – at least in Harper's view – war must be eternally waged.
Such evildoers don't deserve a place in the paradise, the preserve of the saints, that is Stephen Harper's Canada.
It's an excellent article that sums up just about everything I've ever written about the monster. Except that he doesn't take it far enough.
Walkom doesn't look at Harper's extreme religious beliefs that condition his black and white world view. He hints at it but he doesn't dare say it.
So he can't properly explain this:
Critics have charged that the Conservative government's approach in these cases betrays its racism. But that's not quite it. Harper shuns Khadr. Yet he has publicly, if unsuccessfully, pressured China to release Muslim-Canadian Huseyin Celil, now serving time in prison there on terror-related charges.
In Harper's world, there is no contradiction here. Celil is worthy of support by simple virtue of the fact that he criticizes Communist China, which by definition is part of "them."
Because the reason Harper hates China so much is that his ultra-aggressive missionary church wants to be able to convert Chinese citizens.... but the Chinese government won't let them.
And if you can't understand the hold crazy religion has on him.
Stephen Harper says he's more concerned about God's judgment than how history books rate his term in office...
“To be honest with you, I am a lot more concerned by God's verdict regarding my life than the one of historians...”
You can't understand this.
But it doesn't matter because now the mask has finally slipped, and the message is clear enough.
Either we defeat this crazed theocon and his wretched Cons, before the darkness envelops us all. Or they will destroy our country....or take it to a place where most of us wouldn't want to live.
People said it couldn't happen in Canada. Now the danger should be obvious. Can you imagine what a Harper majority might be like with these SoCons free at last to do anything they wanted?
Because that's the thing eh?
When Stephen Harper said he wanted to change this country beyond RECOGNITION. He meant it.
Resist. Resist . RESIST.....