Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Why We're ALL On Stephen Harper's Enemy List
When I first read that Stephen Harper had an Enemy List I was not surprised. For it's his madness that makes him so dangerous.
But I was worried about my country and its democracy. For no democracy can survive in such an atmosphere of intimidation.
And of course, I was also worried that I was not on Great Paranoid Leader's list of enemies... real or imagined.
For how low can you go eh?
But it turns out the situation is even worse than I thought. Because as Susan Delacourt points out, we are ALL on an even larger list of his friends and enemies.
What if the government kept its list of friends and enemies on a huge, computer database, with names, addresses and personal information about millions of Canadians? And what if you had no right at all to see how you were listed?
Such a database exists. Up to now, it’s been called the Constituent Information Management System, CIMS for short, though the Conservative party is reportedly in the midst of building a better machine, called C-Vote.
And that list is as sinister as the other one. Because it doesn't just include political activists, it also targets ordinary Canadians.
If you’ve been a friend to the Conservative cause over the years, volunteering, donating or even writing nice things about Conservatives in letters to the newspaper, a yellow, smiley face appears beside your name in the database.
If, however, you have put up lawn signs for rival parties, slammed the door or hung up the phone on the Conservatives, your name appears in CIMS with a frowning red face.
And as Delacourt points out, while other parties have their lists, the Cons are the only ones who can HURT you for not supporting them.
They are the only national political entity, in other words, with the means to turn the party’s friends and enemies into friends and enemies of the state. And what guarantees do we have that they’re not blurring those lines? None.
Michael Sona, the former Conservative staffer now facing charges in the so-called robocalls case, has said that when he worked in MPs’ offices, part of his job was inputting constituent information into CIMS. CIMS is regularly consulted by ministerial staffers when it comes to making government appointments, he said.
And since the CIMS list was used by a criminal conspiracy to try to steal an election, can you really trust the Cons not to have used it for all kinds of other evil purposes?
And of course, could you ever trust Pierre Poilievre, the new Minister of State for Democratic Reform, as far as you can spit?
And I think the answer is obvious...
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Not when he is Harper's baby, and the whole idea of turning ordinary Canadians into ENEMIES, could only have come from the depraved mind of Great Ugly Leader himself.
And the teachings of the grotesque Republican strategist Karl Rove...
Who taught Harper and his RepubliCons everything they know about polling, wedge issues, attack ads, and all the other dirty tricks of politics in Amerika
How to corrupt the political process, how to smear your opponents, how to regard those who don't support you as The Enemy. How to change Canada into the nightmare called Harperland.
A nightmare that can only get worse, before it gets better. For it now seems pretty clear to me and others, that unless the police have other ideas, Harper isn't going quietly.
This is an impossible, not just implausible, scenario. Anyone assessing Stephen Harper’s character cannot miss the obvious. He’s a brass-knuckled street fighter with every reason to doubt the polls and no sign of a Plan B for any early retirement.
Harper has dedicated his political life to defeating Liberals and smearing the party leaders with attack ads. To meekly run away from ominous polling which, for the moment anyway, favors a Trudeau reincarnation would humiliate Harper personally and taint his fearless-leader legacy politically.
And what is also equally clear to me is that because now he's crazy desperate, he'll do ANYTHING to cling to power. And that armed with all those lists of enemies he's never been so dangerous.
Yup. Now may be a time to rest, but in the fall progressives are going to have to get serious about removing this Rovian cult and their depraved leader from power.
And the good news? It should be easier than ever to get more and more decent Canadians to join us.
Because now he doesn't just threaten some of us.
Now he doesn't just threaten the future of our country and our democracy.
Now he threatens us ALL...
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