Golly. I love Lawrence Martin but I can only hope he was having a bad day when he wrote this.
Mr. Harper’s priorities bring back images of a 1950s Canada. There’s a big focus on family values, pride in the armed forces, the monarchy, the Arctic, law and order, hockey, unintrusive government, low taxes. The vision is the true north strong and free and – with respect to its supreme ruler – on bended knee.
Because he may be right about the bended knee part, but he's definitely wrong about this:
Critics say the Prime Minister is in an ideological time warp, but the time slot isn’t all that bad. The 1950s were one of the better decades.
Because from what I've read the 1950s was no golden era. Women were second class citizens, abortion was illegal, gays were criminals, people were being hanged, the country was so white you had to wear sunglasses when you went out ...whether it was sunny or not.
And things only started to change for the better when the sixties finally arrived. And drove Harper over the deep end.
In the Harper view, Canada was great until the 1960s, when Quebec, the most leftish province, took over the agenda and a series of prime ministers from that province set the country on a welfare-state course. In beholding this, the square was not a happy camper. When he came to power, he was prepared to go to extraordinary measures – treating democracy like a rat at the door – to undo the damage.
Which does make sense....if you can understand Krazy.
But surely that's not Father Knows Best.
Lawrence must have confused it with this movie...
You know, as in we'll make you a census....or a jungle... you can't refuse.
Because Harper IS a deeply disturbed control freak and the rat at the door. His grotesque Cons ARE political thugs, misogynists, racists and homophobes. They WOULD take us back to a darker time.
Daddy !!! Daddy !!! Ratty !!!! Ratty !!!
And the sooner we get our act together and
The SAFER this country will be...