Monday, March 02, 2015
Why Stephen Harper's Bigotry Will Come Back to Haunt Him
As you know I am having a hard time accepting that Stephen Harper would actually use fear and bigotry to try to win himself another bloody majority.
Because even though he is a grubby creature, it's the lowest thing I have ever seen. And I fear what might happen to this country should he get away with it.
So it's really good to see some in the MSM finally starting to criticize his dirty game.
And like Tim Harper, start saying enough is enough.
Are we moving into a new era of intolerance in this country? Intolerance is a strong word, but certainly no more inflammatory than some of the words being bandied about by our politicians in this election year. Vigilance has crossed a line, much of it fuelled by comments — or inaction, or studied silence — by politicians at the federal level, much of it from the Conservative government.
Because attack ads like this one really are disgusting...
And so is this:
Here in Ottawa, a well-known Manitoba Muslim leader implored Canadians to stop casting all Muslims as threats because of the actions of terrorists who have subverted her faith.
For her trouble, as first reported in the Winnipeg Free Press, Shahina Siddiqui was told by Ontario Conservative Senator Lynn Beyak to stop being so thin-skinned.
“Canadians don’t want to hear all that,” Beyak said. “They are tired of us being offended. They want us to do something about people who are threatening to blow up malls.”
And as Michael Den Tandt points out, nobody needs a lesson in tolerance more than Stephen Harper.
There is a way for Canadian politicians to walk the line between the struggle against violent Islamism on one hand, and dangerous bigotry on the other; and that is to declare war on extremism yet uphold the rights of minorities, in this context Muslims, with matching ferocity. It really is that simple. How odd that, 13-plus years after 9/11, this lexicon seems still somehow out of reach.
For his behaviour has been abominable...
He is appealing to the basest instincts of Canadians, and pandering to the mob, for crass political purposes.
And the only consolation is that his revolting behaviour may be starting to cost him support.
The Conservative party’s 2011 majority was built on support from new Canadians. Mr. Harper noted this himself last September in a televised conversation with the editor of the Wall Street Journal. In making a point of taking issue with Muslim religious dress in citizenship ceremonies, as both the PM and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander have recently done, the Conservatives are flirting dangerously with stoking xenophobia.
They should be doing exactly the opposite, for reasons political as much as moral...Because Conservatives cannot win the Toronto hinterland if they allow themselves to be perceived as unfriendly to immigrants. Jason Kenney, the government’s multiculturalism point man, gets this. It’s time he had a frank chat with his boss, if he hasn’t already.
And the even better news is that although the MSM is still not calling a spade a spade, or a bigot a bigot, when you include all the criticism Harper has been receiving over his foul bill C-51, his image is taking a pounding.
And when Canadians realize that he is not only trying to turn this country into a police state, he's actually trying to set it on fire.
His bigotry will be used against him.
And his madness will consume him....
At least that's what I hope. Because if he isn't, and we can't get it together to defeat him and all those who would fan the flames of bigotry.
We will be consumed by our ignorance and our indifference.
And our country will be destroyed...
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