Wednesday, January 07, 2015
Stephen Harper's Ghastly Image and the Divided Left
Well as we all know, Stephen Harper has been going to extraordinary lengths to put a fresh face on his government, and a lot of lipstick on HIMSELF.
But of course, he has no choice. He has to tart himself up.
He's been around for too long. Canadians know him too well.
And as Tim Harper points out, the desire for change is his greatest threat.
For Stephen Harper, it will be a battle against a traditional best-before date, a bold effort to enter a second decade in power, to bust a barrier that has proved to be a trip wire for many before him.
He also seeks to avoid becoming the first prime minister in 36 years to go to Canadians with a majority of his own making and concede defeat on election night.
He must make himself look new and different if he is to avoid defeat and humiliation.
And with his monstrous personality, and his horrifying record, that won't be easy...
Whether it is the Harper autocracy, his environmental record, his demonizing of opponents, Supreme Court spats, omnibus bills, back-of-the-hand treatment of natives, dictatorial treatment of the premiers, ethical stumbles, treatment of veterans or an unyielding lack of collaboration, the list of grievances against a government verging on 10 years in power adds up.
But as Tim Harper also points out, Great Bestial Leader does have one thing that must keep his hopes alive, or on life support.
The hope that the progressive parties will SPLIT the vote:
Harper lives in a narrow political lane of 10 percentage points, the 30-40 per cent vortex. At 30 per cent support he fails — anywhere close to 40 and he can replicate his 2011 majority, as long as the New Democrats and Liberals essentially split the anti-Harper vote.
So he can win another bloody majority with the support of less than 40 per cent of Canadians. And leave this country in ruins...
And when I think of that situation, I think of the words of that Star reader, that Lorne at Politics and its Discontents wrote about here.
Time for the opposition parties — Liberal, New Democrat and Greens to put differences aside and amalgamate. Time for their leaders to put aside personal egos and begin to work for what is best for Canada. Time for them to hammer out a common, left-of-centre platform and form a new party called perhaps, the Liberal Democrats.
If these three groups have the resolve and the drive they can rid us of the Harper scourge and begin to remake our country into a fairer and more egalitarian place in which to live.
Because I too share that dream of a united progressive party, which wouldn't just defeat the Cons. It would DESTROY them.
That's why I've always supported a coalition, because I love it when progressives work together.
And it disappoints me greatly that the same fear of change that I wrote about in my last post is thwarting that dream. Or delaying it at least, because it WILL happen one day, it's just a matter of time.
Or we will live forever in the shadow of a possible Con victory. And to me that seems like INSANITY.
Because to put it in the simplest way possible, and I mean the SIMPLEST.
Why would be content to play the role of a puppy trying to evict a cat from its bed?
When we could be a pitbull...
And chew the Cons to bits.
Oh well. It's too late to unite the parties now. Not when an election call could come as soon as next month.
Now we must concentrate on making Great Kinder Gentler Prettier Leader look like something that escaped from a museum...
And must be returned to that musty shelf in the Fraser Institute, or dumped in the garbage can of history, as soon as is humanly possible.
But let's still work to create a Great Stop Harper movement, that includes members of all progressive parties, so we can learn to work together...
And hopefully hasten the day, when we are all united.
So we can destroy the Cons, for at least a generation.
And take OUR Canada back...
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