Saturday, September 07, 2013
Stephen Harper and the Joy of Destruction
I doubt I would have spent half the time I do writing about Stephen Harper, if I hadn't taken a course years ago, and learned about his three most disturbing character flaws.
One, his deranged belief that he owns the truth, as Preston Manning warned us long ago.
Two, his inability to feel the pain of others, as he himself admits.
And three, and most ominously, the savage satisfaction he gets from destroying things rather than creating them.
For as Susan Delacourt notes, that will be his legacy.
Not that long ago, a former Progressive Conservative politician (he stressed the “progressive” part) told me Harper will not be remembered for building anything, but rather for what he’s dismantled while in power. Or, as this veteran Conservative put it: “These guys only know how to tear stuff down.”
It would take too long to list all the other programs, services and funding that have disappeared or been scrapped during Harper’s time in power. But the question remains: what has Stephen Harper’s government built? Beyond the splashes of blue across government websites and facilities, and those Economic Action Plan posters and ads, what will be known as Harper’s signature achievements in office?
And all you have to do is look at all the programs and services he has dismantled or mutilated to know that this isn't just political, it's PATHOLOGICAL.
And it goes way back...
When he was a brooding teenager in high school he tried to destroy the student council. When he was in university he tried to do the same thing. How normal is that?
The first thing he did when he came to power was order that the words "women's equality" be erased from thousands of government documents. And that a national daycare program be killed. How crazy is that?
Somebody in the MSM should have noticed the disturbing pattern, and asked themselves what demons were driving that cold, cruel, political thug.
But nobody ever did, until it was too late, and the trail of destruction stretched as far as the eye could see, and much of the Canada we loved lay in ruins.
And if anybody did notice, like the ones who didn't dare say the mad emperor had no clothes.
Nobody dared call a Prime Minister a monster...
And those who did were ignored or marginalized.
Even though there really is no other word to describe a person who gets his kicks by destroying things. And has been quoted as saying he likes to see fear in the eyes of those who work for him.
Think of it. What's wrong with that picture? What have we come to accept as normal behaviour? To what dark place would he take us?
And of course, now he's more dangerous than ever. For now he is preparing to go after medicare. He entered politics with the support of a group that was created to destroy our national health care system. He will not leave without its shrunken head hanging from his trophy belt.
And if he is not stopped, if we do not unite to defeat him.
He will leave this country in ruins.
This country he hates so much.
And take us all down with him....
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