Monday, July 13, 2015
The NDP Finally Fires an Attack Ad at the Corrupt Harper Cons
About a week ago I wrote about how disappointed I was to hear both Tom Mulcair and Justin Trudeau declare that they would not attack Stephen Harper like he attacks them.
And I even wondered whether they were trying to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.
For no government in Canadian history ever deserved to be attacked more than Harper and his depraved Con regime.
And this sobering article by Bruce Livesey only reinforces what I have always believed.
For while I think Livesey underestimates the desire for change, which is Harper's biggest enemy.
He makes a lot of good points, including reminding us that vote-splitting is our biggest enemy. So we are always fighting the Cons with one hand tied behind our backs.
And when it comes to whether progressives should or shouldn't use attack ads, this couldn't be more true:
"It’s an ethic of ‘I am willing to burn the house down so I can own the lot’,” explains Mike Casey, a veteran Democratic communications consultant based out of Virginia. “Stephen Harper is willing to burn the house down to own the lot. ‘I will bring a gun to a knife fight. You can call foul while you’re lying bleeding on the floor' — that is the kind of ethic.”
“The American political left took a long time, thirty-plus years, to learn this about the American right,” Casey continues. “They lost election after election after election. Throughout my career, I watched Democratic or progressive politicians get their heads handed to them by conservative politicians and they cried foul over dirty tactics after the election was done. It just doesn’t change anything. I call it principled loserism.”
Stephen Harper always brings a gun to a knife fight, and unless we fight fire with fire we will end up lying in a pool of our own blood. Watching our country being destroyed. And looking like principled LOSERS.
So needless to say I was very happy to see this new NDP ad today...
The ad remains true to what Mulcair said, it doesn't attack Harper personally, it just attacks his foul record of corruption. It is a step in the right direction.
And hopefully there will be many more.
For we do need to attack that foul Con regime with all the strength we can muster. Our poor country is lying in a pool of its own blood, screaming out for justice.
To ignore those screams is to betray it, and to ultimately betray ourselves.
Do we really want Livesey's prediction to come true? And spend the next four years wondering whether we fought the Cons as hard as we could have. I don't think so.
Attack them, attack them, attack them, grind them down to dirt.
Destroy that foul, corrupt, un-Canadian regime.
And cage its monstrous leader...
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