Every now and then he betrays himself. Every now and then the mask falls off and exposes the monster behind it.
Like when he woke up one morning and decided to gut the census. For no sane reason.
Or when he plans to jail even more Canadians, especially young ones, even though the crime rate is going down.
New statistics show the national crime rate is continuing its 20-year decline – reaching levels not seen since 1973 even as the federal Conservative government prepares legislation that would put more Canadians behind bars for longer periods of time.
Because this is not only unadulterated bullshit:
“Unlike the Opposition, we do not use statistics as an excuse not to get tough on criminals. As far as our Government is concerned, one victim of crime is still one too many,” Justice Minister Rob Nicholson said in an e-mail Thursday evening.
It's eerily similar to the reason the idiot Tony Clement gave for killing the census. Because
So why is Stephen Harper doing it? I like to think it's because punishment turns him on. He enjoys inflicting it, just like he enjoys humiliating women. But it's probably mostly politics.
Like every demented right-winger, or tin pot tyrant, he knows he can't fool people into supporting his fascist law and order agenda, unless he scares them first.
And convinces them that young Canadians are a dangerous threat. Even though they're not, and they are already treated harshly.
The harsh treatment of youths is even more apparent when the handling of youthful offenders is compared to that of adult offenders. For example, in 1997 the rate of detention for adults in Canada was 151 per 100,000; for youth, 209 per 100,000 were incarcerated
An adult will typically be released somewhere between the one third and the two thirds point in the sentence. A youth sentenced to a long period of custody can have that custodial sentence reviewed in youth court but this is relatively rare.
So how does Great Twisted Leader get away with this monstrous fraud? Answer: with the enthusiastic help of our idiot media.
The specific types of youth crime stories that are deemed newsworthy tend to be those which can evoke feelings of anger and retribution in members of the public. These feelings inevitably lead to movements toward harsher youth justice measures. The media's continued favoring of recent events of youthful offending serves to reinforce and provide added momentum for the "get tough" movement.
And why does the media portray young offenders as a mortal threat to society? Answer: because it sells papers, and boosts ratings in an aging country that hates its young.
You know two weeks ago Seb and I went to the big Scottish music festival T in the Park. We got a really good look at the under twenty generation...with their "new" Beatle haircuts.
And although we argued over the relative merits of the Arctic Monkeys.
We both had to agree that the kids were MAGIC...
And at the end of the day this is the harsh no-bullshit truth.
A Prime Minister who would declare war on young Canadians for no good reason, is a twisted and evil man.
And a country that would allow him to get away with it, is one so old and broken it can scarcely be repaired...