Saturday, October 03, 2015
Stephen Harper and the Fascism of the Con Regime
On the night Stephen Harper won his monstrous majority, I ended my very short post by playing the song from the movie Cabaret, of the young Nazi in the beer garden singing Tomorrow Belongs to Me.
For which I was roundly criticized by some of the stuffy poobahs in the blogosphere.
"Don't you know that's Godwin's law?" they screamed. "It's verboten !!! It's Harper Derangement Syndrome !!!!"
But now I feel I have been vindicated. Because this is fascism...
Or barbarism, or some kind of dystopian nightmare complete with it's own snitch line.
Canada’s ruling Conservatives have pledged to set up a police hotline to report what it called “barbaric cultural practices”, as it sought to capitalize on a hardline stance which has helped it gain in the polls.
The heightened rhetoric over “Canadian values” coincides with a rise in anti-Muslim hate crimes. Montreal police are investigating an incident in which a gang of teenaged boys attacked a pregnant woman in the city’s north end and knocked her down while attempting to remove her head covering.
And that is how the world now sees us, and how low those filthy Cons have fallen.
As the depraved Stephen Harper tries to distract us from his appalling record of incompetence and corruption, by trying to make the election all about niqabs.
“Your position is completely disconnected from the reality in Canada as well as the opinions of Canadians and Quebecers,” said Harper, whose party has rebounded in the polls after the issue took centre stage in the election campaign.
“The reality is that in an open society there are times when we can’t hide our faces.”
I don't know who "won" that debate.
But I do know that Harper was pounded by Tom Mulcair, Justin Trudeau, and Gilles Duceppe in excellent fashion. So I don't think he made many new supporters in that province.
I suspect that Chantal Hebert is right when she says that Mulcair probably didn't do well enough to win back the Quebec support he needs to remain a contender.
And if that is the case, and this new poll is right.
In the latest Nanos tracking completed Friday evening the Liberals had 34.6% support followed by the Conservatives at 30.5%, the NDP at 25.1%, and the Greens at 4.8% nationally.
The end game is upon us, and we are going to have to make sure that every vote counts and deploy our secret weapon.
If a large number of progressive voters feel strongly enough that, this time, voting to get Mr. Harper out of office outweighs all other factors, cognitive dissonance may not matter. The issue for them would not be their preferred leader, party or issue — it would be their belief that any change is better than the status quo.
That impulse may harden as the Conservatives appear to be closing in on a win, leading these voters to coalesce around the candidates best positioned to stop them.
Because it is a mighty weapon.
What’s astonishing is the large number of voters who, at this late date, continue to express a willingness to change their current preference. The vast majority of these voters are leaning towards the Liberals or NDP — not the Conservatives — and are listing one party or the other as their second choice.
It's called strategic voting. If properly deployed it could yield amazing results...
So we need to check out that option.
Because one thing is for sure, after what they did yesterday...
We absolutely must defeat those fascist Cons and their depraved leader...
Before they destroy this country.
I believe we can.
I believe millions of people all over the country are preparing to do what they must to defeat Stephen Harper and his evil regime.
I still believe that tomorrow belongs to us...
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