Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Stephen Harper's Politics of Fear
As if his foul crime bill wasn't bad enough, an insane attempt to turn our Canadian justice system into a carbon copy of the one that has failed so badly in the United States. Even as the crime rate goes down.
As if it wasn't a brutish attempt to harness the politics of fear, turn us into a prison state, and shove Old Testament justice down our strangled throats.
The additional dozens of proposed laws will have similar extraordinary cumulative effects upon the budget. Why, then, is the government determined to stay the course? It appears to be acting solely upon belief and ideology — the discredited notion that more incarceration in nastier conditions will solve the crime problem. Additionally, there is an Old-Testament vindictiveness in the approach which even victims of violent crime do not always support.
Now Stephen Harper and his Con gang are trying to rush it through Parliament, so we can't debate the costs, or the effects it will have on our justice system.
Passing the legislation within 100 sitting days was a Conservative campaign promise and Justice Minister Rob Nicholson says he intends to deliver - sensibilities be damned.
Ramming a controversial omnibus bill through Parliament even though Harper once had this to say about such tactics.
We can agree with some of the measures but oppose others. How do we express our views and the views of our constituents when the matters are so diverse? Dividing the bill into several components would allow members to represent views of their constituents on each of the different components in the bill.
But that was then, and now is now. Now he has a majority and he thinks he can do whatever he likes. Even turn Canada into Amerika. With wars, prisons, guns, God, fear, and flags.
Three months before he died the great James Travers warned us about the man and his politics of fear.
Fear is always a powerful political force. In times as nervous as these it becomes the next best thing to a doomsday weapon.
What Travers didn't live to see is the ugly, frightening, spectacle of a Prime Minister with a majority using Parliament like a door mat, and fear to RULE. And thank goodness for small consolations, because that great Canadian would have been so disappointed, and so horrified.
But his message remains as alive for me, as it was back then, before The Great Darkness descended upon us like some fascist apparition out of the anus of Teabagger Amerika. And started choking the life out of this country.
And for me that message is, never was there a Prime Minister so low. Never was there one so DANGEROUS.
And I'm sure now that we are living the nightmare, the great James would have approved of this message:
However long and hard the struggle, we will unite, we will organize, we will defend our democratic values. We will stop the madness.
And we WILL take our country back...