Tuesday, May 04, 2010
Stephen Harper's War on Women
I always knew that Stephen Harper was going to be the most sinister and authoritarian Prime Minister in Canadian history.
Because I knew that he was a cold, cruel angry man who thinks he owns the truth. That he was a religious fanatic and a homophobe. And that he was incredibly vindictive.
But I didn't start calling him a monster until he came to power, and the very first thing he did was order that the words "women's equality" be removed from every single document on the Status of Women.
I was stunned. It was such a totalitarian act, and such a cowardly one. I couldn't believe that something like that could happen here. But after that I knew we were dealing with an ideological fanatic like this country had never seen before. A man who would declare war on women. And that he was crazy dangerous.
Some of my friends said I shouldn't portray him as a monster because people wouldn't take me seriously eh? And I knew that was true. But I also knew I was right to call him that.
Because now look what the monster has done.
In the past two weeks alone, the federal government has ended funding to 14 women’s groups, including a non-governmental agency that was funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) for more than 30 years.
Fourteen groups in just two weeks? Talk about an ideological fanatic. Talk about a culture war:
Since 2006, Harper has cut funding for women’s advocacy by 43 per cent, shut 12 out of 16 Status of Women offices in Canada and eliminated funding of legal voices for women and minority groups, including the National Association of Women and the Law and the Courts Challenges Program
Talk about SCARY.
“It’s like moving back to the (Richard) Nixon era in a whole bunch of areas … it’s chilling to see Canada going backwards”
Talk about a vindictive bastard. Just like the first Harper.
He had risen to the post of justice of the peace by the time a judicial inquiry found him guilty of, as one historian put it, "violent and oppressive measures" - vindictive to a point beyond all reason.
Oh boy. I used to believe that Stephen Harper's bizarre views were dictated by his wacko church that preaches that women are born to be subordinate.
You know serve men, and stay at home, barefoot and pregnant. Or just shut the fuck up.
But now I think it's something even scarier.
I think it's just HIM...
I truly believe there's something deeply disturbing about Stephen Harper. Something in his angry tormented soul that commands him to treat women as less than equal. And bully them into submission.
But he won't get away with it this time This time he has gone too far.
Now EVERYBODY knows he's a monster. And that if we believe in the equality of women. And if we love our country.
We must see it for what it is...a culture war against the Canadian people. An attempt to take us back to a dark time.
And resist, resist, RESIST...