Friday, April 18, 2014
Harperland, the Con Monsters, and the Death of Reason
Once upon a time Canada seemed like a brighter, better place to me than it does today.
A more hopeful, more optimistic, more decent country.
A country where an opposition MP could write a polite letter to a Minister like this one. (PDF)
And expect to get a reasonable reply.
But this is Harperland, and this is Pierre Poilievre...
The brutish RepubliCon bully thug who will not listen to reason, in a country where decency goes to die.
The pathetic Harperite stooge who has been reduced to quoting a letter to an editor to support his foul Unfair Elections Act. Because he can't find a single expert willing to do that for him.
Reduced to trumpeting a poll even though it shows that the only thing he has going for him is ignorance.
Support for the Conservative government’s electoral reform is highest among those who don’t know much about it, according to a second poll from Angus Reid.
And that the more Canadians understand the bill the more they HATE it.
The Angus Reid survey released Thursday suggested that Canadians are less likely to be in favour of the bill the more they know about it. Among respondents who did not know much about the Fair Elections Act, 52 per cent said they support it. That number drops to 41 per cent among those who say they are familiar with it.
Which is an indictment rather than an endorsement. And can only suggest that ramming that filthy bill through Parliament, as Poilievre is trying to do, would be the death of reason.
This "Fair Elections Act" represents a unique moment. The government of the day is attempting to change the fundamental rules of our democracy without any prior consultation with Canadians or opposition parties and without securing the support of even one credible, non-partisan, unbiased expert or organization.
Yet so confident are the Conservatives in their talking points that they are willing to stare this evidence straight in the eyes and say: "Bring it on." They are quite literally daring opposition parties, the media and civil society to try and win this battle between rhetoric and reason.
But then reason is their enemy. They are the ones who muzzle scientists, the ones who gutted the census, the ones who burn books.
It all springs from the diseased mind of their depraved leader...
The monster whose perverted foulness words alone cannot describe.
And for us the challenge remains the same.
Canadians need to be willing to educate their friends and family about the dangers of this act, as evidence has proven that we are more likely to listen to people we trust than the media or politicians.
Civil society groups need to do everything they can to educate their members about the dangers of this bill, give them the tools necessary to share that message with their communities and mobilize them to clearly demonstrate that passing the Fair Elections Act will lead to Prime Minister Harper's downfall in 2015.
And in that regard I can't help wondering whether in defence of reason we too need a little more raw emotion.
For petitions and letter campaigns like this one are excellent.
But in my opinion if we want to reach all those complacent Canadians out there, we can't just rely on arguments over the principles the bill would violate. As noble and as decent as that may be.
We need to show them the consequences of their inaction. Or what this could really mean to them:
Make no mistake: this act, if passed as is, will stack the deck in the Conservatives' favour for the 2015 election and beyond. And, perhaps even more importantly, it will signal the death of reason in politics.
We need to tell them the Cons are trying to steal elections so they can leave us helpless. So they can do what they want to us, rape our land, rape our values, steal our pensions, jail our children, make us pay for medical care.
Turn us into a police state, and leave our future in the hands of a MANIAC...
The one who was recently described like this by his former collaborator Tom Flanagan.
“He can be suspicious, secretive, and vindictive, prone to sudden eruptions of white-hot rage over meaningless trivia, at other times falling into week-long depressions in which he is incapable of making decisions,”
A man too dangerous to be allowed to remain in office. A man Canadians don't trust with our democracy as far as they can spit.
When asked whether they trusted the Conservative government to ensure the integrity of elections, 35 per cent of respondents said they trusted the government and 65 per cent said they didn’t trust the Tories.
And that message must be conveyed with videos, because only they can convey the horror of the situation, and the danger. And awaken the bovine masses from their complacent slumber.
I've been trying to practice that approach with videos like this one I recently made on the threat to medicare...
Hopefully the progressive parties and others will make them too.
And it's important to remember that all our efforts so far have not been in vain.
Angus Reid’s survey found 31 per cent of respondents were very or fairly familiar with the legislation, up from 20 per cent in a February poll.
But now it's time to hit Stephen Harper and his foul Con regime where it HURTS. Use fear as a weapon against THEM.
You know, my companion and I have both received offers to work abroad, and for the first time we are thinking of leaving. For no freedom loving person should be forced to live in a sewer like Harperland.
And what I find so striking is that so many of our younger friends feel the same way. They are desperate to leave this old and broken country, that they feel doesn't want them, and would condemn them to be slaves.
But before I leave and end this blog, I still dream of seeing the Cons defeated.
I still dream of seeing them removed from office in handcuffs if necessary
I dream of the day when the darkness will end..
And I will get my country back...
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