Sunday, August 10, 2014
The Return to Harperland and the Great Progressive Depression
Well I'm finally back home in Toronto, after spending two weeks in Scotland, and a few days in Montreal.
And although I'll miss the excitement of the Scottish referendum campaign, and the uplifting spirit of the Commonwealth Games.
I brought Clyde, the thistle-headed games mascot home with me, and hopefully a haversack of hope with me as well.
Because goodness knows this Harperland needs it eh?
For after spending two weeks on a cloud, I have returned to find many of my NDP and Liberals friends in the worst state I have ever seen them.
In a deep depression, bitterly disappointed with their leaders, and threatening to tear up their membership cards, spoil their ballots, or vote for some other party in the next election.
And of course, the cause of this upheaval has been mostly caused by the timorous way Justin Trudeau and Tom Mulcair have reacted to the horror of War on Gaza...
I understand that disappointment. You know how I feel about all those slaughtered and wounded children.
And it should have been possible for the two party leaders to act like real friends of Israel. By supporting its right to defend itself, while calling for restraint, and criticizing its atrocities.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s refusal to push for a ceasefire is not unexpected. More concerning is the way that Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and, to a lesser extent, NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair have failed to counter the Harper government with a strong message that Israel’s best interests are not served by the assault on Gaza.
The leaders of the opposition parties should take inspiration from other friends of Israel who recognize that the war in Gaza can only increase Israel’s international isolation and foster radicalization among Palestinians.
But while all that is true, it doesn't justify threatening to spoil ballots, or splitting the vote by voting for the Greens or the Marijuana Party or whatever.
Not when we ourselves are fighting a war for the survival of our country.
And only one of these two leaders can win it...
For while they both may be flawed, and since my kinder gentler world is so far to the left of both of them it might as well be another planet, they could never fully satisfy me.
They both have their good qualities. I admire Mulcair's combativeness, and Trudeau appeals to my deep desire for generational change.
Or for a very different looking kind of Prime Minister...
And both Trudeau and Mulcair have infinitely more respect for our precious Canadian values, than this ghastly leader...
That monster, that maniac, who must be defeated at all cost by one or both of them, if this country is going to survive.
And the ironic part, and also the good news, is that even as so many progressives are in a deep depression, our chances of defeating Stephen Harper and his foul regime have never been better.
He is mired in scandal, with the full impact of the Senate horror show still to wash over him. Or engulf him.
He's been slapped silly by the Supreme Court. His job creation policies are a total failure
Canadian employers created barely any jobs in July, surprising forecasters and reinforcing the Bank of Canada’s decision to keep interest rates low. Statistics Canada’s monthly tally of hiring and firing produced a net gain of 200 positions last month, as a 60,000 increase in part-time jobs marginally outweighed a 59,700 plunge in full-time positions.
So much for Great Economist Leader.
And his desperate attempts to smear Justin Trudeau have only made him look like even more of a disgusting bully. Or just DESPERATE.
With good reason.
It appears that the Canadian public are now moving to the centre and left and this may arguably be a response to increasing fatigue to being governed from the right when Canadians are actually moving in a more progressive direction.
Far from there being any apparent ascendance of the Conservatives as the new natural governing party, their reign appears to be closing and the recent surprising (though not to us) election of majority Liberal governments in Canada’s two largest provinces, may well be a harbinger of the end of the period of conservative political dominance in Canada.
For no matter what he does his popularity just keeps tanking. So sick of him are Canadians
Golly. If that's a reason to be depressed I don't know how I'm going to handle the good news eh?
Oh well, I'm happy to report that Clyde is adapting well to his new home in Harperland...
Although his English...or Canadian... needs a little work.
But he does have the right idea.
Cheer up eh?
Focus on our Canadian war.
And on the real enemy.
Defeat this monstrous leader...
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