Monday, September 16, 2013
The Strange and Scary History of Stephen Harper
One of the reasons we find ourselves living in the sinister darkness of Harperland, is because too many Canadians know nothing about the tortured career or weird nature of the man who would change this country beyond recognition.
But would do it in such a shadowy, stealthy, incremental manner that many would not notice what was happening until it was too late.
Like the proverbial frog in the pot, who thought it was having a warm bath and ended up getting cooked.
So I'm glad that Mark Kennedy has written a series of stories on Stephen Harper's life, his rise to absolute power, and the devastating damage he's doing to Canada.
Because although Kennedy glosses over a crucial period in Harper's life, when after abruptly quitting his job as Preston Manning's policy director, he returned to Alberta, went half crazy, wandered through a right-wing Twilight Zone, and ended up joining one of the most aggressive missionary churches in the world.
Which I've always found most fascinating and revealing.
And although Kennedy bends so far backwards to be fair to his subject, he ends up hitting his heels with the back of his head, and suggesting you can be a political thug AND a nice guy.
Nobody who reads the five stories can avoid coming away with the impression that Harper is without a doubt the most dangerous leader in Canadian history.
Because it's mostly all there.
The one who got him the job in the mail room of Imperial Oil, the only real job he ever had before he went into politics. And set him on the path to becoming Big Oil's most faithful stooge. The young right-wing extremist and Alberta supremacist.
“Whatever the merits of many government programs, they are not, and never were, acts of God. The welfare state is not the politicians’ ‘sacred trust’; it is the taxpayers’ burden — a burden which has been disproportionately borne by western Canadians.”
The man who would cut social programs for the poor, and pensions for the elderly. The grotesque bully who likes to see fear in the eyes of others.
Nicholls saw Harper the family man, who loved to play basement hockey with his kids, and who could do funny impressions of politicians such as Manning and Chretien. But he also saw a very tough boss. “If you did something wrong, you heard about it. Because I think he liked to use fear as a management tool.”
But would kill Canada gently.
He equated the government to a “big ship,” said Conservative MP James Rajotte. “If you form government, you just want to change the direction a little bit,” he recalled Harper saying, “because the longer you’re on that changed direction, you’re obviously much further from where you’d be and people haven’t noticed that much.”
Slicing a little piece of flesh and values off the country, over and over again, until it's naked and bleeding. But doing it in the darkness so most people can't hear it screaming.
Only to reveal himself as a brutish political thug after fooling enough Canadians into giving him absolute power.
And then lose control of his government, and his senses, and be brought down by scandal and the fatal flaws of his own depraved character...
The prime minister has “mastered the art of pragmatic and incremental change” and will not be punished for that by conservative voters, says Flanagan. But what could kill his career, Flanagan predicts, is the Senate scandal and Harper’s “ruthless” reputation.
Unless Harper finds a unique policy to rally voters, his journey could come to resemble a Greek tragedy. “If he can’t get back to where he should be, then his future historians will say, ‘Here was an extraordinary political talent who achieved certain great things but was eventually undone by the shadow side of his character.’
For any sane person who reads Kennedy's series, must surely understand that there is something deeply disturbing about Stephen Harper. That something is not quite right. That there's something about him that's more creepy alien than Canadian.
And that now that's he's crazy desperate he's capable of ANYTHING.
Which is good eh? Because now the mask is really falling off, just as the Con propaganda machine is trying to soften his image. And all the glossy photo-ops in the world won't do him any good.
He can conceal or change the truth, and say it's what he says it is.
But he can't change HIMSELF...
You can't put lipstick on a maniac or a Con regime like that one.
We'll make sure of that eh?
And as I've always said, since I learned the scary truth about him years ago.
The more you know Stephen Harper, the greater the horror.
The more you fear for our poor bleeding country.
And the more you want to defeat him...
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