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...

2 comments:

  1. "There is a consensus that the Harper government's new 'law and order' strategy is geared toward the privatization of our prison system.

    "The way it works is that taxpayers fund the construction and/or expansion of jails and penitentiaries, which when completed, are then turned over to the corporate sector to operate. The government grants them so much for each prisoner they incarcerate on our behalf.

    "In June of 2000, Ken Silverstein wrote in Prison Legal News:

    What is the most profitable industry in America? Weapons, oil and computer technology all offer high rates of return, but there is probably no sector of the economy so abloom with money as the privately run prison industry....

    To be profitable, private prison firms must ensure that prisons are not only built but also filled. Industry experts say a 90-95 per cent capacity rate is needed to guarantee the hefty rates of return needed to lure investors.


    "This explains the Harper government's horrendous crime bills, that will put people behind bars for the slightest of offenses, and keep them there."

    Retribution and the Bottom Line

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  2. hi William... I hadn't thought that the Cons might build all those prisons, and then privatize them. But of course it makes perfect sense, and it just makes what they're doing even more horrible and insane.
    I called my latest video Harper and the Prison Country. The video wasn't the greatest, but I think the title was excellent. ;)
    The moment they started ignoring the opinions of scientists, and they gutted the census for no sane reason, I knew we were in trouble.
    But I never could have imagined how truly disturbing the situation could become.
    And they've just started. Imagine what it's going to be like in the darkness of winter. Canadians are going to have to stand up for what they believe in, or we're in for a real nightmare...

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