Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Stephen Harper and the Values That Will Destroy Him
I always knew he was a political thug. I wouldn't have fought him so hard and so long if I didn't think he was the worst Prime Minister this country has ever known.
But now of course he is even worse.
For as Jeffrey Simpson points out, now he is exploiting personal tragedy and making terror his monstrous mantra.
Terror at home. Terror abroad. Tough on crime. Tough on terror. Fear stalking the land. Threats. Bad guys. It’s a dangerous world out there, folks, and only the Conservatives can protect us. The other parties? Soft on terror. Weak-kneed. They are listening to “elites” nattering about personal privacy at a time of menace. Only we can keep the country safe. For this government, the narrative is heaven-sent.
After spending almost a billion dollars trying to brainwash us into believing he's a Great Economist Leader, now his propaganda machine is trying to make us believe that he's a Great Warrior Leader.
In a country at war...
The taxpayer-funded advertisements on which the government spends millions have changed to suit this new narrative. For years, the ads featured Canada’s Economic Action Plan and job apprenticeships. These have now been replaced by military recruitment ads that show soldiers parachuting or bearing heavy-duty rifles, breaking into dimly lit buildings where terrorists might be found. They are fighting terror, just like the government.
And what makes it even worse, or even more obscene, is now he would have us believe that his values are our values.
A new catch-phrase is spreading through the rhetoric of Stephen Harper and his ministers. It is only four words — they hate our values — but it packs an emotional wallop.
In some ways this epithet is like previous Tory terms: soft on crime, Taliban sympathizer, defender of child pornography. It is simple, spiteful and calculated to whip up strong feelings.
When in fact his values are not our values. And he is acting like a rabid demagogue or a grubby fascist.
It's a horrifying moment in Canadian history, and what depresses me the most is that those who believe in this country have not yet united to meet this new threat. And are still playing their partisan games even as our country burns.
Because let's be very clear, if that monster is not stopped he will rip this country apart.
And the good news? Harper's terror campaign, as Simpson points out, is a sign of weakness and failure.
The government had intended to run on economic management. But suddenly, after the oil price shock, prospects for the Canadian economy were looking cloudy. The dollar tanked. The federal budget got postponed. Economic growth figures were revised downward. New Statistics Canada figures showed meagre job growth in 2014. New jobs in January were largely part-time. Full-time employment fell that month.
He is a failed leader, what we are seeing is just naked desperation. And when the Fear Factor fades, as it always does, he'll be left with nothing to show for all his years in power.
The dominos are falling, but they are falling on him...
The economy will become the main issue in the next election campaign, and the biggest threat we face will be seen to be climate change.
And best of all it will become blindingly obvious that his values are NOT our values. Not after the way he is behaving.
And like this little ice breaker ploughing through the ice on this frozen February morning...
Those values will endure.
And they will destroy him...
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