So Canada's New Nazi Government finally wacked Garth Turner.
Made the floor disappear under him so to speak. Left him hanging without a Party he had always called his own. Dismantled his computer equipment within minutes of the vote to suspend him. Moved him to the back of the House. Bludgeoned him with their blogs. It was quite a Nazi little show. Or as Paul Wells points out, one that Orwell might have written.
"There was something subtly wrong with Garth Turner. There was something that he lacked: discretion, aloofness, a sort of saving stupidity. You could not say that he was unorthodox. He believed in the principles of Ingsoc (The Conservative Party)...."
"......Yet a faint air of disreputability always clung to him. He said things that would have been better unsaid, he had read too many books, he frequented the Chestnut Tree Cafe, haunt of painters and musicians....."
Ah yes the Chestnut Tree Cafe... Oh sure. It was inevitable. Poor old Garth tried so hard to pretend he was a vibrant part of the New Old Conservative Party, when he was just pain in the ass for the New Old Reform Party. And Stephen Harper's New (Really New) Nazi Government. It wasn't a question of if Garth would get whacked. But when? What I wanted to know was why now?
Then this religious wingnut uber-homophobe surfaced like a bigot beluga on the Don Newman show and kind of explained it all.
Charles McVety who recently tried to block Turner's nomination because of his support for same-sex marriage, was so obviously overjoyed to see Garth go, I thought for a moment his fat head would explode.
Which, I think you'll agree, would have been a truly horrifying sight. Almost as bad as the end of the world that he believes is imminent. But not before, as he's always telling people, The Battle of Gog and Magog.
But what really had me agog or saying good Goggy today was when the porker homophobe told Newman he had complained to Harper about Turner's attacks on his religious fanatics. And had been very pleased by the way the government had reacted. So pleased you would have thought he had bagged Garth himself. And mounted his head over the altar of his Homophobe Church of the Watch Your Wallet.
Which kind of squares with what Garth had to say today. About the real reason he was wacked.
"The issue [was] my beliefs and policies," he said.
"Turner has been at odds with the party on a number of issues, including the Tories' position on the Kyoto accord and a possible Defence of Religions Act, which would protect public officials who refuse to perform same-sex marriages. .
So that's it. Harper has been throwing a lot of bones recently at the wingnut base of his party. He threw them another chance to kill gay marriage. He threw them the Court Challenges Program. And the Status of Women cuts. He dangled the promise of a so-called Defence of Religions Act over them like a big bloody bone. He wanted to get rid of that thorn in his side. And get political capital in return. So today he threw them Garth.
Ever since I started blogging I've tried to warn people about the man who would be Great Leader. How he believes that he owns the truth. His fights with Preston Manning. His scary rages and his dark sulks.
And what would happen if absolute power was given to a man with such a dangerous character flaw.
"The problem is that people who think like Harper can eventually come to think that everyone is against them. Come to believe that only they are in possession of the pure unvarnished truth. That everyone else is either too stupid, or too corrupt, or too weak to take the ruthless measures necessary to get the job done...."
And that was back in May.... Now you see what happened even with a minority. The man has turned into a tyrant right before our eyes. Cabinet Ministers and MPs are muzzled or just used as props. Every little speech or Kiwanis function has to be approved by the PMO. No dissent is tolerated. Now that Garth is gone, Harper is in complete control. Just like he always wanted.
The good news is that while good old crazy self promoting but basically decent real Canadian Conservative Garth will be more than OK. If his website doesn't go down... Fake Canadian Conservative and yankee wannabe SoCon Harper will eventually destroy his party.
He'll take it way out of the Canadian mainstream. Cripple its chances of ever getting a majority. As he already has.
Until it splits once more into the old Conservative Party and the Old Reform Party. And the right-wing will be marginalized for a generation. As I told a Conservative blogger today. You thought you were getting a Saviour. But what you got was a Terminator. Those Blogging Whories may be too dum and fanatically loyal to Great Leader to understand that. But one day they will...
As for the rest of us, if we don't understand by now what Steven Harper is all about. And what's happening to our country.
Orwell's Big Brother nightmare.
Will soon be our own....