Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Emperor Harper and the Fatal Blindness of the Media
In more than eight years of blogging against the atrocities of the Con regime, nothing has bothered me more than the way the MSM has heaped slavish praise on its deranged leader.
For while I have always seen Stephen Harper as a monster, who has broken every rule of decency in his bid to change this country beyond recognition.
The MSM has so often called that bizarre behaviour the work of a political genius.
So am glad to see that even Andrew Coyne has finally recognized that there is no there there.
We are so heavily invested, we media types, in the notion of Harper as master strategist, able to see around corners and think seven moves ahead and what not, that we tend not to notice how many times he has been screwing up of late.
The sudden and more or less complete rewriting, on the same day as the Supreme Court decision, of the colossally misjudged Fair Elections Act, after weeks of waving off any and all criticism as self-interested or partisan or both? Merely a prudent bid to cut their losses. The unusual public goading of Barack Obama (“a no brainer … won’t take no for an answer … etc.”) into making a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline project, six years after it was first proposed?
Either a play to the base or a wink to the Republicans or a deliberate raising of the diplomatic stakes, anything but what it looks like: a catastrophic fumbling of a key file.
For there is simply no excuse for that blindness when the insanity has been so glaring, and the pattern so OBVIOUS...
The pattern that emerges from these and other bungles — the Marc Nadon appointment to the Supreme Court, Northern Gateway — is a consistent one. Step one: Fail to gather consensus or anticipate opposition. Step two: Make no effort to disarm or co-opt critics, but antagonize them at every turn. Step three: Attempt to bluster or bully them into submission. Step four: Ignore warnings of imminent collision with reality. Step five: crash and burn.
As is the crazed and reckless INCOMPETENCE.
It is telling that among the prime minister’s most trenchant critics these days is Tom Flanagan, once one of his closest advisers, an academic-cum-political strategist who is at once both deeply conservative and shrewdly pragmatic.
This government is neither. It is reckless, not in the style of governments that overread their mandate, but in an aimless, scattershot way. It is partisan, but for no purpose other than stubbornness and tribalism. It will take every fight to the limit, pick fights if none present themselves, with no thought to the consequences of either victory or defeat but seemingly out of sheer blood lust. Like the proverbial dog chasing the car, it has no idea what it will do when it catches it.
And by failing to call a maniac a maniac, the MSM has helped him to remain in power for so many years, and take this country to the verge of destruction...
So you might expect that now that some are finally realizing that the mad Emperor has no clothes, they might see fit to warn us about the method behind this madness.
A parliamentary committee has been given three days to debate and vote on nearly 300 amendments to a controversial overhaul of Canada's elections law — a tight time frame the Opposition NDP is calling a "farce." The Conservative majority has set 5 p.m. Thursday as the deadline for clause-by-clause debate of the 242-page bill, which now includes almost 300 pages of proposed amendments.
For not only is this unseemly rush a way to bulldoze our democracy, and have the Unfair Elections Act in place for the scheduled election in October of 2015.
The only thing that can explain this mad rush is that Stephen Harper wants to have the option of calling a much earlier election, as soon as next Spring.
And the MSM should be pointing that out, for if we are not ready he will walk all over us.
Or crawl all over us...
Oh well, fortunately you can fool some of the people all of the time, but you can't all of them all of the time, and he could NEVER fool me.
I knew he was rotten to the core from the moment he came to power. So I'm ready for an election TOMORROW.
I've already formed a group in my neighbourhood aimed at getting out the vote, especially the vote of young Canadians. We are working on posters, and making videos.
And as soon as the writ is dropped we will be out of the gate like a pack of wild horses, or hungry wolves.
And I will be passing on what we learn as we go along, so you can do the same.
We will be ready.
The mad Emperor will be exposed, and be shown to be wearing no clothes.
And with or without the help of the useless MSM.
We WILL end this nightmare...
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