Monday, November 04, 2013
Stephen Harper and the Sinister Con Cult
I have never had any doubts about the real nature of Stephen Harper's Con regime.
Not with a leader so crazed and evil, and followers so fanatical.
But it's still good to see people like Andrew Coyne describe their bizarre convention as a creepy thing.
If there is one image that defines last week’s Conservative convention, it is surely that of a closed door. For much of the convention, that was all reporters were permitted to see of it.
It was all part of the weird, unsettling vibe that hung over the whole event. (We’ve grown used to seeing prime ministers sealed inside an impenetrable bubble, but a whole party?) That reporters were constrained from doing their jobs is perhaps a side issue. But that a democratic political party, at its national convention, would go to such lengths to hide from public view is just a bit creepy.
And the party as a CULT.
When your only principle is paranoia — when your central organizing proposition is that “everyone is out to get us” — when every criticism is merely confirmation of the essential rightness of that proposition, and every deviation is evidence of disloyalty, then you are less a party than a cult.
For what else could it be when most Canadians don't trust anything Harper says? But for his rabid followers he can do no wrong.
Conservative delegates left Calgary with their trust and pride in Prime Minister Stephen Harper intact, despite polling numbers that suggest many Canadians aren't satisfied with his response to the Senate scandal.
Which would be depressing indeed. Except that a cult doesn't share its true views with outsiders. Harper needs more than their support to win. And those who would replace him are coming out of the woodwork.
There were delegates here who swear they are sure Harper will still be leading this country in 2017, when we are celebrating the 150th anniversary of Confederation. But there just as many here who were keeping an eye on the omnipresent Jason Kenney, the employment minister who appears to be building a huge lead in an undeclared race for the post-Harper Conservative leadership.
Jason Kenney, Peter MacKay, Maxime Bernier, and even John Baird...
Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird has never been thought to have designs on the future leadership, but some of his allies are now saying that may not necessarily be the case.
All positioning themselves to take a run at his job.
Which tells you more about the true state of the Con regime, than does the apparently blind faith of his followers.
For this is also true about a cult. When its followers begin to lose faith in their leader, the temple he has built around him can collapse as suddenly as a house of cards.
And I'm pretty sure that's what's going to happen here.
If Harper isn't able to regain the trust of more Canadians over the next few months, that faith will be further eroded.
The knives will come out...
And the Con regime will be torn apart.
Yup. Stephen Harper may not know it yet.
But he will not escape his fate.
And his days are truly numbered...
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