It hasn't yet snowed in the place where I live, and I'm having a hard time believing it's almost Christmas.
Although goodness knows Justin Trudeau is doing his best to get us into the spirit of the holiday season, with this performance at a Montreal food bank...
Challenge accepted and completed, @PKSubban1. Jingle all the way! #CanadaCarols https://t.co/VwXLTk0F46— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) December 18, 2015
And we do have so much to be thankful for, after having crushed Stephen Harper and his foul Con regime.
But even as the light returns to Canada, there is also a threat growing out there in the shadows, and it couldn't be more monstrous.
For that crushing defeat has stirred up the legions of Con zombies, and made them even angrier, and crazier.
And they are spewing their bigot bile, their grotesque misogyny, and even death threats all over the internet.
First they went after the Muslims, then they went after indigenous Canadians, then they went after Rachel Notley...
Threatening her in the most cowardly manner.
Or in the manner of ignorant rednecks.
Going after her because she's a woman like a pack of rabid animals.
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley faces a much higher level of threatened violence and personal attack in posts online in the past week — and since her election — than her male counterparts ever get, says a University of Calgary professor.
In the past week, there have been angry social media posts that Notley should be shot, stabbed, or even thrown into a tree grinder. Some of the posts have referred to her as a b---h and other offensive terms.
Even signing a petition to try to overthrow her NDP government.
And now they're going after Justin Trudeau...
That being just one vile comment among many on Ezra Levant's hate mongering site The Rebel. And there are so many others all over the place.
What makes the situation even more dangerous is the dire economic situation in Alberta. Where many are suffering, are angry, and desperate, and lashing out in every direction.
And so ugly has the mood become in other places, that the Toronto Star has just become the latest media organization to shutdown reader comments.
The Toronto Star has done away with reader comments on its website, as online comment boards at newspapers become increasingly rare. A spokesperson for the Star confirmed the decision was made “partly because of the negative tone of many comments.”
And what all of that tells me, is that the fires Stephen Harper started are now raging out of control...
They are that monster's insane legacy, and they must be put out before somebody gets hurt or killed.
The Cons need to understand that they were defeated, and there's nothing they can do about it, so they should just suck it up. Or swallow their own bigot bile.
The police must crack down on those violent hate mongers and treat them like the terrorists they are. Bust them, jail them, break them.
Crass Cons like Michelle Rempel need to stop encouraging those crazies with incendiary comments like this one...
The Con media needs to stop fuelling the fears of the ignorant with their gotcha games aimed at Justin Trudeau, for no other reason than to pleasure their porky corporate bosses.
We need to examine our hate laws, and see if they need to be toughened.
And above all we need to remember that after fighting so hard to get our Canada back, now we must be prepared to defend it.
Or risk losing it, and seeing triumph turn to tragedy.
Anyway, that's the strange space I, who have also been threatened by some of those Con crazies, find myself in just five days from Christmas...
Enjoying the light and the freedom of the New Canada, and preparing to surrender to the spirit of the season.
But conscious of the darkness around me.
And getting ready for the battles ahead...
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