Saturday, February 09, 2013
The Mad Cruelty of Stephen Harper
It has been said of Stephen Harper, by those who know him well, that he is a man incapable of feeling the pain of others.
A man with no capacity for empathy, a man devoid of human warmth. In short, a clinical psychopath.
So you can imagine how I felt today when I saw him sitting behind the pictures of three dead children, squeezing out a tear, and going after the mentally ill.
New legislation designed to keep mentally ill murderers like Greyhound bus passenger beheader Vince Li and child killer Allan Schoenborn off the streets for longer periods, if not indefinitely, is raising concerns this is little more than a knee-jerk reaction to a few sensational, albeit rare, cases.
Continuing his crazed Crime and Punishment Crusade, playing to the emotions of the vengeful mob, putting fear before reason.
Schizophrenia Society of Canada chief executive Chris Summerville said this type of legislation does little to combat prejudice and stigma toward people with mental illness. Noting 3% of people with a mental illness come in conflict with the law, Summerville said 0.001% are found not criminally responsible. Furthermore, 93 to 97% of them find treatment that works and do not reoffend.
Undermining the efforts of those who are working to try to shatter the prejudice against the mentally ill. Punishing those were sick but now are better. Jailing even more of them.
Instead of coming up with new ideas and programs to help them. Even though the need is so great, and the human and economic costs of doing nothing so enormous.
According to the Mental Health Commission of Canada, mental health is the fastest-growing disability claim in Canada’s workplace. In fact, 21.4% of the working population currently experiences mental health problems that can affect productivity. Much of that is made up of individuals in their prime working age of 25 to 54.
And why is Harper pursuing this insane agenda? Answer: to appease his bloodthirsty Old Testament base, and turn fear and ignorance into votes.
For which purpose he would pose with the pictures of three dead children, and profess to be moved.
After just having killed a national anti-bullying program that could have helped keep these three Canadian kids alive...
Pose with THESE pictures Great Crime Busting Leader. Squeeze out a tear for them and all the other forgotten victims.
Oh boy. You'd think Harper would know better than to attack and stigmatize the mentally ill. When the first Harper in Canada was clearly deranged. And one of his grandfathers committed suicide after suffering from depression.
But of course he doesn't eh? Because he can't feel the pain of others.
Imagine - if you can - not having a conscience, none at all, no feelings of guilt or remorse no matter what you do, no limiting sense of concern for the well-being of strangers, friends, or even family members. Imagine no struggles with shame, not a single one in your whole life, no matter what kind of selfish, lazy, harmful, or immoral action you had taken.
You are not held back from any of your desires by guilt or shame, and you are never confronted by others for your cold-bloodedness. The ice water in your veins is so bizarre, so completely outside of their personal experience, that they seldom even guess at your condition.
Of course, most psychopaths aren't criminals. And in the dog eat dog world of jungle capitalism many are very successful.
But placing our fate in the hands of one, at a time when the rich are trying to make themselves richer by making the poor poorer, isn't just insanity. It's an act of collective suicide.
Organize, unite, put your country before your party, defeat that cold cruel man who would wage war on the most vulnerable.
Or sooner or later we will wake up in a horrible place. In a nightmare world.
In a Canada we don't recognize....
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