Wednesday, February 12, 2014
The Monstrous Personal Cruelty of The Harper Regime
We know where it comes from, the diseased mind of Great Ugly Leader himself. We know what his filthy Cons have done to our country.
But what more can you say about a government whose essence is personal cruelty?
Stephen Harper’s hard-right Conservatives are not suited to governing this wonderful country, an easy enough observation on an ill-considered austerity-budget day but true on any day of the year.
What an extraordinary thing to live a pleasant life in a western nation and yet fear your own government. But the Canada Revenue Agency’s new audits of environmental charities like Tides Canada, the David Suzuki Foundation and Environmental Defence in the midst of their continuing warnings about the effects of the climate-poisoning Alberta tarsands project are terrifying.
What more can you say about the hapless Con stooge Peter Kent who would threaten an institution like the Royal Ontario Museum?
Thornhill MP Peter Kent tweeted this on Monday about Environmental Defence: “Disappointing ROM joins partisan enviro activists defying CRA regs. Charities can’t take sides if they want status/benefits.” Given the audits, what is this but a veiled threat?
What else can you call them but the most diseased and anti-democratic bullies this country has ever known?
The Conservatives are like porcupines in that they shoot out quills that hook into the flesh of an opponent, they’re like drones in that they target individuals rather than concepts. If they were a Shakespeare play, they’d be Coriolanus, in which the punitive Roman leader calls his citizens “measles” who “tetter” him. But probably the best definition is this.
The hallmark of Harper conservatives is that they take everything personally. They don’t just oppose Liberals, they hate Justin Trudeau. They don’t just oppose some Muslim fundraising, they hate that benighted teenager Omar Khadr. Governments should be generalists, asking, “What is good for the nation?” Harperites are vengeful, asking, “Whom shall we make suffer?”
And what else can we do but vow to fight them harder than we have ever fought any Canadian government before?
You know when I first started this blog eight years ago and called the Harperite cult the worst bullies I had ever seen, a lot of people thought I was exaggerating. I wasn't taken seriously, I was ridiculed for that belief, until I sometimes questioned myself my own motives.
Had my loathing for bullies coloured my beliefs? Had the fact that I had to start fighting them from the age of twelve made me see bullies hiding behind every tree?
Why did so many Canadians not see them as I saw them?
So now when I see people like Heather Mallick and so many others also calling them bullies, I admit I feel vindicated. But it's no consolation for what they have done to my country.
Although this does help. (PDF)
The latest Nanos weekly tracking on the national political environment suggests that the percentage of Canadians who would consider voting Conservatives is at a new low. In the week leading up to the federal budget 36 percent of Canadians would consider voting for the Conservatives, 55 percent would not consider voting Conservative and the rest were unsure.
With an accessible pool of only 36 percent (which trails both the Liberals who are at 48 percent and the NDP at 42 percent), the Conservatives trail both of the other major political parties. Twenty seven percent of Canadians would consider voting for the Green Party and in the province of Quebec, 33 percent would consider the BQ.
Because it tells me that slowly but surely more and more Canadians are seeing the Harperites for the absolute monsters they are.
And it gives me more confidence than ever that we will defeat them in the next election.
But it also makes me wonder how far the Harper Cons will go to intimidate their opponents? For surely those monsters and their depraved leader are now so desperate they are capable of ANYTHING.
And how long can the opposition parties keep playing the same old parliamentary game as if were living in a normal democracy?
When do we stop playing that game and start building a united movement?
For what all of this tells me is that we are still living in denial. Still refusing to believe that it could not happen here.
When it seems obvious to me that we are facing a threat like this country has never faced before, and we must find new ways to mobilize the population if we are going to stop those foul bullies from walking all over us.
And in the meantime, we must never be afraid to speak out no matter what they do to try to intimidate us. For we are not just fighting for our democracy, we are fighting for the very future of our country, and surrender is not an option.
Oh boy. I know I've said the same thing for eight long years. And believe me I'm tired of saying it. But what else can anyone say?
Except now more than ever.
Fight them, fight them, fight them.
Don't let them win...
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