Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Stephen Harper and the Heart of Darkness
They say the days are getting longer, but in Canada it's so hard to notice, because it still seems so dark.
Great Ugly Leader toys with the country, like a cat plays with a ball of wool. And to make matters worse there seems to be nothing we can do to puncture his balloon. Or so the Con media says.
The Harper government might not lose many votes over its controversial stance on climate change even though half of Canadians disapprove of its policies, says a new poll.
But don't believe them. I don't. All I know is that three years ago I was just about the only one calling Stephen Harper a monster. And now many in the MSM are calling him worse names than that.
The extent of Harper's misuse of power becomes clearer when you realize that the Conservatives are replicating some of the worst practices of the Republicans under George W. Bush and Dick Cheney.
Or smear artist.
Like the Bush administration, the Harper government uses Karl Rovian tactics to smear and intimidate not just opposition critics, but parliamentary officers, heads of quasi-judicial agencies and tribunals and even Canada's seven major Christian churches.
And don't forget the best is still to come. The Auditor General is investigating the Porky Action Plan. Which promises to be a pig roast.
The Afghanistan issue won't go away. Sooner or later Canadians will start to wonder what IS Stephen Harper trying to HIDE? And when it comes to torture ...what is his heart of darkness?
Just like they'll wonder whether the Cons are planning to use their reckless porky deficit as an excuse to destroy government.
Like the Con dwarf Jimbo Flaherty once did in Ontario.
And left it in RUINS...with more poor people than you could count.
As for climate change...Harper's pathetic performance in Copenhagen will also come back to haunt him. As the debate heats up over the next year, it will force him to decide whether he is the Prime Minister of Canada, or the Prime Minister of Alberta...and a stooge of Big Oil.
Who is setting provinces against each other, and threatening national unity.
Yup. I think we can work with that. Of course we'll have to be a lot smarter and bolder and try some of the things Chantal Hébert talks about here.
Over the past 25 years, the Liberals have lost all but one (2004) of the campaigns they fought against a united Conservative party. They are now a spent force in large areas of the country. The dice are loaded against their return to power, especially with a national majority.
Instead of responding with new original moves, the Liberals and, to a lesser degree, the NDP have persisted in playing checkers on what had become a chessboard.
Because doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting a different result, is the very definition of insanity.
But we can do it. We can save Canada.
If we hit the Cons harder than we ever have.
We can pop the Great Dictator's balloon...
If he doesn't pop it first.
Because you know what they say eh?
Con times are grim times.
But it's always darkest before the dawn...