It was a balmy 17 degrees, and my little corner of Canada looked very much like it always does at this time of the year.
But the flags flying at half mast to honour our two murdered soldiers reminded me that this is no ordinary fall.
We're at the beginning of Harper's War, we've just suffered our first casualties, Great Strong Leader wants us to believe that we have been attacked by the Caliphate hordes, instead of by two mental patients.
And that only he can save us...
If we surrender our freedoms, and our privacy, and our e-mails, to him and his secret police.
And to make matters more even more alarming, Jeffrey Simpson has been trying to cause mass panic by practically screaming "Stephen Harper could STILL win the next election !!!!!!
A year from now, Stephen Harper could be rearranging his cabinet, planning what comes next and savouring yet another election victory, chants of “four more years” still ringing in his ears:
Mr. Harper might well be toast today. But toast tends to pop up at a fixed point in time. So what does he have up his sleeve? Plenty, and Harper-haters ain’t seen nothing yet.
By suggesting that Harper could pop up again, like a toast.
Or a zombie...
And by making the forces of the ISIS crazies sound puny by comparison.
Nobody targets voters better than the Conservatives; nobody drives wedge issues better than the Conservatives; nobody ties foreign policy better to domestic groups (think Jews, Tamils and others) than the Conservatives; nobody can subtly use domestic terror attacks for political purposes better. With just 40 per cent of the electorate needed for a majority victory, who says the party can’t make up the current gap with the Liberals?
But what's so striking is that Simpson, as Noah Richler points out, seems to have swallowed Great Strong Leader's warlike agenda hook, line, and sinker.
Even as sensible a columnist as Jeffrey Simpson stooped to describing Justin Trudeau’s past talk of “root causes” as “puerility” and the more cautionary attitudes of the NDP and Liberals towards a strictly military response in the Middle East — their job, after all, to be in opposition — as “blue-skied narratives of peace and progress.”
When in fact a humanitarian role in the conflict with ISIS would be just as legitimate, and definitely more Canadian, than joining in a symbolic bombing campaign.
And Simpson also seems to forget Harper's ghastly record which WILL pursue him all the way to the next election...
If Duffy doesn't get him first.
Or the fact that he has been around for so long that most Canadians are desperate for change.
Or for that matter, the fact that the Cons are always having to try to cover-up their mistakes.
The Conservative government appears to be quietly shelving its controversial “Common Sense” gun bill in light of Wednesday’s shooting.
Or trying to do dirty things when they think nobody is looking.
Buried in the Harper government’s latest massive, omnibus budget bill is legislation that could restrict the ability of refugee claimants to access social assistance.
It was tabled Thursday – while the attention of virtually the entire nation was focused on the wild shootout that had occurred a day earlier in Parliament’s Centre Block.
As only they can.
And of course, let's not forget this story...
Which just keeps going viral...
Bad for PMSH if this closet story sticks http://t.co/VOUdkoH22g
— Stephen Maher (@stphnmaher) October 25, 2014
And will make it hard for Harper to pose as a Great Strong Leader.
And if he was hoping to stir up hatred against Muslims, and use them as a wedge issue, well so far so bad.
Canadians will insist on being Canadians.
War fever won't last long before our values burst forth again...
And yes, Canada is still Canada...
We don't have to change anything except the Con regime and its depraved leader.
Salvation is a delusion.
Toast is toast.
And NOTHING will save them...
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