Tuesday, July 07, 2015
Stephen Harper and the Mean Streak of the Con Regime
There are so many reasons to despise Stephen Harper and his monstrous Con regime.
For what they have done to Canada, and what they might do to it if they are re-elected.
But for me the main reason is what Gerald Caplan calls its mean streak.
There is something unique about Stephen Harper’s government, a uniqueness that stems from the Prime Minister himself. As articulated by his former adviser Tom Flanagan, Mr. Harper “can be suspicious, secretive and vindictive, prone to sudden eruptions of white-hot rage over meaningless trivia … he believes in playing politics right up to the edge of the rules.”
A democratic culture demands civil discourse and a certain respect for one’s opponents. Mr. Harper and his thuggish minions reject this tradition. They don’t debate, they demonize. They are routinely uncivil, cruel and bully without mercy. They know this and revel in it.
Because Caplan is right. They are foul bullies, their morally depraved leader is both cruel and crazy. Who knows what they might do if they win the election?
Every time you think they’ve reached absolute rock bottom, they always find a road that runs lower yet. Hard to imagine what unplumbed depths they could sink to over four more years.
And of course you know that I feel the same way he does about Chris Alexander.
And Jason Kenney...
According to cabinet minister Jason Kenney, critics of the Israeli government actually “advocate the destruction of Israel and the destruction of the Jewish people.”
Who has been crawling along the rock bottom, or the pit of depravity, for years.
But what bothers me a bit is that Caplan, like others in the MSM, seems almost surprised at how low we have fallen. When Stephen Harper has been a bully from the moment he came to power.
His callous cruelty has been on display for even longer than that...
In terms of the unemployed… don’t feel particularly bad for many of these people. They don’t feel bad about it themselves, as long as they’re receiving generous social assistance and unemployment insurance.
Stephen Harper 1997
And what bothers me even more is that I fear that some people in this country, including still many in the MSM, have come to accept that bestial behaviour as the new normal.
And that unless the NDP and the Liberals change their minds about not using attack ads against the Cons, which I wrote about here.
We may never shock those Canadians out of that torpor, and disabuse them of that notion, or show them how dangerous that behaviour could be.
What it could mean for our medicare system, which he is stealthily trying to strangle.
After trying to kill it with neglect.
Or what that behaviour might mean for what's left of the rest of our social safety net.
So I really think the progressive parties should rethink their decision not to attack the Cons like they attack them. And may I suggest that one of their ads should be based on this story.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper “smirked” and told Kathleen Wynne in a private meeting that Canadians need to save for their own retirement because it’s not up to government to look after them, the Star has learned.
Not just because of Harper's views on pensions, but because of the way he smirked...
For surely that must tell Canadians all they need to know about Stephen Harper's mean streak.
That he is a bully so brutish and callous he wouldn't give a damn if millions of seniors, in an aging country, lived out their lives in grinding poverty...
And this would be my suggested punchline.
Stephen Harper: not a Canadian leader.
A man who smirks at the pain of others.
And is too cruel and crazy to govern...
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