Monday, February 02, 2015
Stephen Harper and the Darkness of Disaster Democracy
Well I'm sure Stephen Harper must have had a tortured weekend, huddled with the monsters in the PMO, and arguing with the screaming voices in his head.
Trying to figure out how to scare Canadians with his Great Jihadi Menace, even more than he already has. So he can herd them into voting for him, and win another bloody majority.
But of course Harper himself is the greatest threat this country faces. His behaviour since his harrowing ordeal in that closet must make many question his sanity.
And as Michael Harris writes, he is leading us into the darkness of disaster democracy.
Disaster democracy is Stephen Harper’s election year Hail Mary. Disaster democracy needs just three things; an atrocious event, a political leader sufficiently cynical not to let any catastrophe go to waste, and a public mindset willing to exchange liberties for the illusion of safety.
The great benefit of disaster democracy is that draws away public attention from matters of the government’s record and redirects it to a more emotional plane. It’s weakness is its limited appeal; disaster democracy only works with frightened populations.
He is trying to whip up fear for crass political purposes, as only a fascist or a maniac would.
And his Bill C-51 aimed at controlling the internet, threatens our battered democracy more than any terrorists or crazies could.
Bill C-51 is poison for Canadian democracy. For one thing, it undermines the rule of law, suspending basic legal rights and increasing police powers in the shadows without the slightest evidence the changes will make anyone any safer.
And if that isn't bad enough, this is outrageous.
Shortly after tabling its controversial new anti-terror legislation, the government says the creation of any additional oversight body for Canada’s security agencies is just “duplication” and “needless red tape.”
When asked why the government would not consider granting MPs more power to oversee security agencies, like the U.S. and U.K. have done, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Safety Roxanne James shut down the idea. “We are not interested in creating needless red tape,” said James during a panel discussion with opposition MPs on Question Period.
Because with a government like the Con regime and its depraved leader, and parliamentary secretaries like Roxanne James, the former anti-gay activist...
And her hapless boss the slavish Harper stooge Steve Blaney...
Who never should have been the minister of ANYTHING.
We need all the parliamentary oversight we can get to avoid the mistakes others have made.
Harper is directing CSIS down the same road as rogue intelligence services in the United States and the U.K that have long been on a collision course with democracy. The Canadian government spies on all Canadians through the collection of metadata by the Communications Security Establishment, (CSE) and sends the RCMP to monitor every public demonstration in the land.
And protect us from the Cons, who would turn Canada into a sinister surveillance state.
For how can we trust Stephen Harper to NOT abuse those new powers he is giving himself?
When he was the guy who appointed Arthur Porter to oversee CSIS...
Seen here in handcuffs, and on his way to a Panamanian jail charged with massive fraud.
But of course Harper doesn't care about that, he has a massive tolerance for criminals. All he cares about is winning the next election so he can hack away at this country and its values until they lie lifeless.
And it won't be easy for the opposition to explain why Canadians should insist on proper safeguards, when so many are so frightened. And Harper will use their objections to portray Justin Trudeau and Tom Mulcair as weaklings.
And himself as a Great Strong Leader, which as we know couldn't be more absurd...
He is in fact a cowardly Little Weakling Leader shamelessly trying to scare Canadians into voting for him.
But he is desperate and he is dangerous, and the opposition must confront him as strongly and as smartly as possible. For the very fate of our country is at stake.
Because he is leading us to a very bad place. He is out of control.
He is the worst and most evil Prime Minister this country has ever known.
And we will not be safe.
Until the day that monstrous maniac is defeated...
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